Looking back is always one of our favorite things to do each year - and 2017 was another great trip. We were all over the US once again, with stops in Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan; and most importantly the Broadway Brews Project powered forward, with the release of Brews number two and three, with more to come! Get ready for 2018, and “Craft Beer for Good” with us. CHEERS!
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!
We're starting off the New Year with a healthy dose of caffeine and a lot more from Mighty Good Coffee in Ann Arbor, MI. Turns out coffee is as complex and interesting as any other Craft Beverage. Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at your favorite roastery? Click play and get your buzz on.
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!
Let's get back to focusing on INGREDIENTS, shall we? If you've heard anything about beer, (especially #CraftBeer) you've undoubtedly heard the word "HOPS" tossed around and around, ad infinitum. Wondering what all the fuss is about? It's time we cleared that up for you - and with the help of the good folks at Glacier Hops Ranch just outside of Whitefish, MT, that is what we're about to do. Press play, and let's see (in the words of the immortal Squigs) 'What's Hoppenin'!'
Things have gone all topsy turvy in the Craft Beer world in the past year or so. Big Money has gotten involved, and with the purchase of Ballast Point last year by Constellation Brands for ONE BILLION DOLLARS, it seems that all of a sudden many people are only seeing dollar signs. So there are little guys (small/new craft brewers) out there now who want nothing more than to be big guys. On the other side of that, now there are big guys (regional craft brewers) who are working very hard to maintain their 'Little Guy' worldview and 'cred'. And sometimes you run into a brewer that's very happy to simply make great beer on a small scale and do it in the best way possible.
Enter Bonsai, where that ethos is built into everything they are, from the name forward. Graham Hart is the Owner and Brewer at this Whitefish, MT house party/brewery, and he's very happy to run his business exactly as it is. Will he get bigger? Most likely. Does he care? What's in store for him, and for Montana? Press play and see, and many thanks to the Happy Hour Gal for camera duty. Enjoy!