From – The Conversation
As the craft beer industry grows, so too do the dedicated communities that form around it â€“ an expert explains.
Craft beer is big business. In 2021, craft beer sales in the US (the biggest beer market by sales) totaled US$26.8 billion (Â£22 billion) and represented 13.1% of overall sales of beer. And itâ€™s a growing market.
In 2015 there were 4,803 craft breweries in the US, by 2021 there were 9,118. The number of UK craft breweries, in that same period grew from 1,527 to 1,755. While the sales and growth are impressive, what matters more is what these figures represent â€“ a growing interest in a superior quality beer from both producers and consumers.
Equally important is the ideological shift in the beer market they signify. Big beer (large corporate breweries such as AB Inbev) singularly seeks and values profit. Craft beer, while also motivated by profit, equally values community, quality and independence.
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A Giant New Orange County Project Promises Craft Beer, Steaks, and a Swimming Pool
The 33,000-square-foot former Modern Times Brewery Leisuretown is being overhauled by a craft beer veteran and the owner of Craft by Smoke and Fire.
Ambitions were lofty when Modern Times Beer opened its Leisuretown location in Anaheim in September 2020, even if the timing wasnâ€™t ideal. At 33,000 square feet, Leisuretown was billed as a huge play place for Orange County craft beer drinkers, with different areas to drink, dine, or just hang out in poolside cabanas, but two years later the property closed with little fanfare. Now two hospitality veterans in Brad Kominek (a well-respected brewer) and Isaias Hernandez, of the growing chain Smoke and Fire, have taken over the operation.
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PHILLY BIERFEST 2023 – LONG DELAYED 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATES PENNSYLVANIAâ€™S LEADERSHIP IN GERMAN-STYLE BREWING
PHILADELPHIA, PA â€“ The German Society of Pennsylvania is thrilled to announce that, after a 2-year hiatus, it will once again host a world-class beer tasting event on, Saturday Feb. 25th 2023 from 2:00pm to 5:30pm, showcasing Pennsylvaniaâ€™s German brewing heritage and this stateâ€™s leadership in the brewing of (and appreciation of) German-style lager beers. The long-delayed and hotly-anticipated 10th Annual Philly Bierfest will feature German-style beers from both Pennsylvania craft brewers and breweries in Germany, as well as rollicking entertainments and engaging educational opportunities to help Pennsylvanians learn to take pride in our centuries-long prowess in lager brewing. As always, this unique event also benefits and is presented in partnership with two additional non-profit organizations, the ferocious female athletes of Philly Roller Derby and the Brewers of Pennsylvania, a trade association that advocates for PA brewers and beer lovers and aims to foster a healthy, ethical, and growth-focused beer industry in our state.
GENERAL EVENT INFORMATION:
Date: Saturday February 25, 2023
Location: German Society of Pennsylvania â–ª 611 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
Times: Main Event â€“ 2:00pm to 5:30pm [Media Passes Available on Request]
Exclusive VIP â€˜Early Accessâ€™ â€“ 1pm to 2:00pm [VIP Ticketholders only]
Ticket Info: https://german-society-of-pennsylvania.ticketleap.com/philly-bierfest-2023/?fbclid=IwAR04VHbx6tPIlQn772maolVfpnZKkaRbDO4NBpNeMtvYO61Q0PeUQKLotH0
Panamaâ€™s Blooming Craft Beer Scene Is Shaking Up an Import-Heavy Market
The various influences of Spain, Colombia, France, and America on Panama are nowhere more evident than in Panama Cityâ€™s Casco Antiguo district. In 16th-century Spanish ruins among a UNESCO World Heritage site sits American Bazaar, a tribute to a turn-of-the-century department store and one of the cityâ€™s newest restaurants. The food and music are definitely American, and the beer taps will remind you of those at your favorite brew pub. But with names like Fula, Chivo Perro, and GuachimÃ¡n, Americans wonâ€™t find these at their local bodegas or corner bars.
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