Posts tagged craft brew industry
The Changing Face of Beer – Trends for the World of Beer in 2014

Beer has been part of human culture for thousands of years. In that sense, things will change very little through the end of 2014 – we’re still beer lovers, and it’s still the drink of the masses. However, there are some changes looming on the horizon, and whether you’re a brewer, a would-be brewer or just someone who appreciates the time, dedication and talent required to brew real beer, it pays to know what’s coming down the pipe. Here’s a peak at the future for you.

 

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When Big Beer Goes Small – The Rising Number of Big Breweries Tapping into the Craft Beer Segment

When you think of “big beer”, you think of names like Budweiser, Michelob, Heineken, Coors and the like. You think of names that have been around for a long time, and have a national or even international presence. That’s made it easier for newcomers to the world of craft beer to avoid mass-produced brews and go for options made by small brewers. However, there’s a chance that bottle you’re holding actually isn’t from a craft brewery. More and more big beer companies are tapping into the craft brew market with savvy marketing techniques, new names and the strategic purchasing of actual small breweries. What should the self-respecting craft beer lover know?

 

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Buy Local – A Blessing or Curse for Craft Brewers?

One of the most significant trends emerging in the modern world is the shift to “buying local”. More and more people are choosing to support local butchers, farmers, dairies and other businesses. While prices might be slightly higher when shopping with smaller organizations rather than the “big boys”, the benefit to the local economy is certainly significant. However, the “buy local” situation can be problematic for many, particularly for small brewers trying to remain afloat in an increasingly competitive industry. What’s the issue here? Let’s take a peek at why buying local might not always be possible (or preferable) for local breweries.

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Female Brewers: A Growing Focus

When you take a peek inside the craft brew industry, chances are good that you’re going to find lots of men. That holds true on both sides of the Pond – men dominate both the UK and American craft beer scenes. That doesn’t mean that there are no female brewers out there though. In fact, things might just be changing in this traditionally male-dominated world. What’s on tap here? There are quite a few things going on.

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American Craft Beer Week Kicks Off

These days it seems like there is some sort of beer-centric celebration held every weekend. Well, if you haven't had quite enough yet, American Craft Beer Week kicks off in the middle of May. This national celebration of all that is great and good about craft brewing is a bit different from other celebrations and festivals that you might have attended, though. What's on offer here?

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Craft Beer – The Next Big Investment Option?

The shaky national economy has quite a few investors looking for a safe place for their investment capital. While stocks and bonds (and even precious metals) can be used, some surprising options are cropping up. In fact, one private equity firm has actually acquired a craft brewery through an all-equity investment. The brewery in question is Iron City Brewing Company, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

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Craft Brewing – Coming to a College Near You?

It's no secret that America's craft brew industry has hit all time highs. Craft beer is almost anywhere you look these days, from your local watering hole to beer fests that draw in crowds from around the nation. However, it might be somewhere that you didn't expect to find it – in your local education system. There is at least one college in Washington offering brewing courses – is there one in your area?

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