A visit to The Alchemist: Family.

Time to re-learn two very important lessons this holiday season: Good leadership is vital, and family is all.

Jimmy and Kristen made their way through Vermont this last summer as part of their pre-Jake 'babymoon', and when in Vermont, one must BEER in Vermont - so it was time to drop in on our old friends at the Alchemist. We've known these folks since the 'oughts', and have watched them grow through some pretty unimaginable challenges. And though they make some of the best beer in the world, when you hang out with them, you realize that what's first in founder / owners John and Jen Kimmichs' hearts a leadership style that makes some of the happiest beer people we've ever met.

Join us for a peek at the Alchemist Family. Happy Holidays, and CHEERS!

Checking in with Union Craft Brewing!

It's always good to reconnect with old friends. And because the Happy Hour Gal's national tour was playing Baltimore, she and Jimmy were able to stop by Union Craft Brewing in Baltimore's Woodberry neighborhood. They have BIG NEWS! Click through to learn, and Cheers!

Big things happening at Breckenridge.

As many of you are aware, there are big things of all different kinds are happening, and have been happening, at Breckenridge Brewing - folks who we consider to be Dear Friends of ours in Craft. We first covered them in Denver in 2009, not long after we began producing regularly. We had a glorious hang at their ballpark pub and met Captain Earthman. Then there was the infamous BBQ 'Buddha Keg' Incident from later that year

Truth is, the folks at Breckenridge Brewing are friends who've treated us like family, time and time again; they've even taken care of Mark and I as guests of theirs during the Great American Beer Festival in 2010 and 2014. We adore them, we love their beers, and we always believed in their mission.

So we were as surprised as any when it was announced this year, just after they completed their stunning new $40 million dollar campus in Littleton, CO, that they were being purchased by "Big Beer" (ABInBev).

So what's the new normal at Breckenridge? Is the culture the same? Are our friends still there? We stopped in recently, to see what's happening - have a look; what you see may just surprise you. Cheers! 

The old 'happy tap truck' in the foreground (it stars in one of our old episodes with them); their new facility in the background.

The old 'happy tap truck' in the foreground (it stars in one of our old episodes with them); their new facility in the background.