Beer Industry2016 – The Year in Beer

I haven’t written up a year-end retrospective post in awhile but this past 12 months felt like the year for it. There have been some interesting things going on in beer for 2016, on both the national and the local level, that are worth revisiting. No big revelations here, other … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #112: The Other Beer Economy

This month’s edition of The Session is hosted by Carla Jean Lauter, The Beer Babe, who wants us to write about The Other Beer Economy: Growing alongside of the boom of breweries are many small businesses that are supporting, or supported by the craft beer industry. Yet, we rarely give … Continue reading

The SessionThe next Session: The secondary beer economy

Carla Jean Lauter, aka The Beer Babe, is hosting The Session #112 for the month of June. The topic: The Other Beer Economy. Growing alongside of the boom of breweries are many small businesses that are supporting, or supported by the craft beer industry. Maine is now home to a … Continue reading

The Session #50: What makes you buy someone’s beer?

Today is the 50th iteration of The Session, and it fell upon Alan over at A Good Beer Blog to select the topic—particularly apropos because Alan is one of the long-time beer bloggers, one of the proto-beer-bloggers, if you will (he’s been doing this a bit longer than I have), … Continue reading

Six-Pack Equivalent Calculator, for Android

It was a year and a half ago that I first pointed to It’s Pub Night’s Six-Pack Equivalent Calculator (SPE); a brilliant little app that tells you the equivalent cost of your beer as if you were buying a six-pack of it (in 12-ounce bottles). Which can be an eye-opening … Continue reading

The Beer Hacker: Brewing on the cheap: Revising estimates

Returning to the series of articles about the economic impact of homebrewing, we re-examine previous cost estimates based on new information. When I started this series, hops at the local Brew Shop were selling for $5 to $6.50 per two-ounces of whole flowers, and that was what the various estimates … Continue reading

Economy: Beer is “recession resistant”

There was an interesting local article about beer and the economy this week: High Desert’s big beer biz: Bottoms up or bust? It includes some interesting and candid quotes from some of the beer folks here in Bend, including Deschutes Brewery’s Gary Fish and 10 Barrel’s Garrett Wales. “At Deschutes … Continue reading

Prediction Watch: Other stuff I forgot to mention

There has been (naturally) a number of items throughout the year that pertain to my 2009 predictions that I didn’t mention last time. Jack Curtin posted back in April about a report from Beer Business Daily, indicating that the craft beer numbers (sales volume) were up the first quarter of … Continue reading