Category: Beer

The Wonders of Wood: Cooperages and alcohol producers are expanding the roles barrels can play in altering or refining a beverage’s flavor profile.

A well-built barrel provides alcohol beverage producers the opportunity to fully take advantage of the alchemy that occurs when juice or mash comes in contact with wood. And a finished wine, beer, cider, or spirit can take on even more complexity if it spends time in a used barrel—kissed by the impression of another beverage.   The barrel family tree According to Henry H. Work in Wood, Whiskey and Wine: A History of Barrels, wooden barrels were developed by the Celts in the first millennium BC. As their design and quality became increasingly refined between 1300 BC and AD...

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Guest Column: Save Money Using R&D Tax Credits

By constantly generating new and improved products, wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries are continually refining their manufacturing and distribution techniques and developing new packaging processes. These activities can qualify for the research and development (R&D) tax credit, but many alcoholic beverage producers aren’t using the credit because of misconceptions about who can claim it and for what kind of work—even though it could save them up to 10 percent of annual R&D costs for federal purposes and much more when state credits are factored in.   The R&D Tax Credit The R&D tax credit has the potential to offset...

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Inside Beer: Playing the Hops Market

As critical as hops are in beer, you might expect growers, brokers, and brewers to have their supply systems dialed in to ensure sufficient quantities of the desired varieties meet everyone’s needs. Surprisingly, this isn’t always the case. Every few years, reports of a hops shortage or an oversupply ripple through the industry, causing minor panic and sending prices either shooting skyward or tumbling back to earth. Maybe there’s a drought, an unanticipated surge in demand for a certain hops variety, or too many brewers contract for more hops than they end up needing (which creates a glut of...

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Buying Breweries: An Industry Take

In early August, it was announced that San Francisco’s historic Anchor Steam Brewery has been purchased by Sapporo. Just days later, Constellation Brands snapped up Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewing; Minnesota-based Cold Spring Brewing Company was acquired by Brynwood Partners, a Connecticut-based private equity firm with investments in a number of food and beverage companies; and a partnership led by New Belgium Brewing Group (and including Elysian Brewing co-founder Dick Cantwell, Oud Beersel, and a silent partner) took ownership of Magnolia Brewing Company as part of a bankruptcy settlement. Of course, these aren’t the only such transactions to take place...

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The Crawl: Denver, Colo.

Denver, Colo., is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation—but we’d argue that’s about a lot more than population growth. It feels like a new bar, brewery, or restaurant (or marijuana dispensary) opens its doors in the Mile High City every other day. Lace up your drinking shoes (heads up: Denverites dress casually) and point them toward any of the metropolis’ myriad microhoods. Each has its own charm, character, and plenty of worthy watering holes. Get started with this boozy tour of four of our favorite neighborhoods. River North Locals refer to this onetime industrial neighborhood—now the city’s...

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