Archive for August, 2007

The tipping point, indeed

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

A few months agon Jack Curtin used the term “the tipping point” (which comes from Malcolm Glaldwell’s book with that title) in writing about the spread of what those of us around here understandably describe as “real beer.” And today the Los Angeles Times joins the fray by headlining the story on the cover of […]

Craft beer sales soar (again)

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Repeat after us: Craft beer sales soared in 2005. Craft beer sales soared in 2004. Craft beer sales soared in the first half of 2007. It’s starting to seem like something other than news. But the Brewers Association did in fact have something new to report today when it released first-half data: For the first […]

Helping the ocean one beer at a time

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Alaskan Brewing Co. is committing one percent of proceeds from its newly released Alaskan IPA to improve the health of the Pacific Ocean and coastlines in an initiative called the Coastal CODE (Clean Oceans Depend on Everyone). The CODE web site provides insights on ocean preservation; information on volunteer opportunities; ways to donate to the […]

German kosher beer sells out quickly

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

A small brewery in eastern Germany has gone so far as to employ the services of a rabbi to make sure its beer is kosher, and has so far benefited financially. Almost all German beer brewed to the Reinheitsgebot is technically kosher — fit for consumption according to Jewish law. However, Brauerei Hartmannsdorf has Berlin […]

National Organic Homebrew Challenge

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Seven Bridges Cooperative, a certified organic homebrew supplier, is hosting the worlds first all organic homebrew competition which is open to home brewers of beer throughout the United States. This is the first time a contest has been held for beer brewed at home using only organically grown ingredients, GMO free yeast (most yeast packaged […]

Sacramento Brewing shines at California fest

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Sac-squatch Scottish 80 schilling from Sacramento won Best of Show in judging as part of the California Brewers Festival. The festival itself is Sept. 15 in Sacramento. Nectar IPA, brewed at Firestone Walker, and Allagash White were awarded honorable mention in the BOS judging. Nectar IPA won the IPA category and Allagash White was the […]

The ‘Latinization’ of American beer

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Don Russell (Joe Sixpack) reports on the “Latinization” of America, specifically American beer. So, what’s driving Latin American beer sales? Immigrants surely are a big part of it. An estimated 45 million Latinos live in the United States. Naturally, many reach for familiar brands from their homelands. But that isn’t the only reason you see […]