Does Stone Have a Case?

In an interesting development, Stone Brewing Company has decided to sue MillerCoors over its use of the word "Stone" in recent Keystone branding. The news was announced with the typical bombast for which Stone and founder Greg Koch are famous--but that doesn't mean the lawsuit isn't serious.

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Using Activism in Beer

After spending years in a private legal dispute with the city of Portland, Old Town Brewing finally took their case public. A relatively brief period of activism followed, and a couple of weeks ago, the city agreed to all the brewery's demands. There's a lesson here for future disputes.

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Blogs Will Save Us

The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino laments the death of blogs, which inhabited a lively, lifelike middle ground between social media and online magazines and newspapers. But the story is different for niche fields—like beer. Within our little ecosystem, reports of blogs’ death are greatly exaggerated. 

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Classy Alternative Packaging

I have recently complained about the horrors of wax-dipped beer bottles. They have the benefit of signaling that the beer inside is special, but are in other ways terrible. Are there different ways of signaling "specialness?" Why yes, yes there are.

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When Obsolescence Strikes

Three recent news stories about light beer, diet soda, and craft beer all conspire to tell an interesting story. Consumer product categories that have been fixed for years may be going obsolete, and that could be bad news even for the products displacing them.

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