Category: Inside Beer

Inside Beer: Crafting a Better Can

When Peter Love, founder of Cask Global Canning Solutions, debuted a manual canner that could fill and seal two cans at a time at the 2002 Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo in Cleveland, Ohio, the response was less than encouraging. Love recalls, “One guy came by the booth and said, ‘That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of. What respectable brewer would put their beer in an aluminum can?’” Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues Brewery, for one. He bought one of Cask’s machines and debuted Dale’s Pale Ale in cans later that year. Marty Jones, Oskar Blues’ marketing...

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Inside Beer: Top 10 Trends Shaping Craft Beer

If there’s one constant in craft beer, it’s how quickly the landscape continues to change. From mergers and acquisitions to strategy and packaging, here’s a look at some trends that will continue to impact the industry into 2018 and beyond. Big beer flexes its muscle. Even casual beer drinkers can’t help but notice the buying spree that juggernauts such as AB InBev, MillerCoors, and Constellation Brands have been on. Cult favorites Wicked Weed and Funky Buddha are just the latest in a long line of breweries to hand over their craft credentials in favor of the distribution muscle, resources,...

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Spirited Columnist Tom Wilmes Wins at NAGBW

Spirited Inside Beer columnist Tom Wilmes was recently announced as a winner at the North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) annual journalism awards. Wilmes’ “When ‘Local’ Isn’t Enough” article, from the magazine’s May/June 2017 issue, took top honors in the Best Short Form Writing (fewer than 600 words) category. According to its website, NAGBW is an “all-volunteer group of authors, writers, publicists, bloggers, columnists, critics, cheerleaders, and more, dedicated to elevating the level of our craft as we cover the art of brewing.” Through its journalism awards, NAGBW hopes to foster awareness and appreciation of efforts to write...

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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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Inside Beer: First the HORSE, Then the Cart

There’s a large blue HORSE taking up several prime parking spaces at Fremont Brewing in Seattle. Owner Matt Lincecum can see if from his office window. “I’m looking at it right now,” he says. “It’s a public/private partnership between us, the state of Washington and a local bioenergy company where we take a small-but-significant portion of our liquid and solid waste and convert it into electricity.” The blue shipping container in Fremont’s parking lot houses the country’s first portable bioenergy plant. Called HORSE (for High-solids Organic-waste Recycling System with Electrical Output), the unit is capable of turning roughly 1,000...

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