Down Goes Speakeasy

Last week, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers ceased operations. It was a surprise to the Bay Area beer drinking community. Overall, it really shouldn’t have been. The craft beer business should not be considered “small” or “niche” anymore. Billion dollar acquisitions will do that. Speakeasy has a long, solid history of beer making starting in 1997. They have brewed a good, diverse lineup of beers under … Continue reading Down Goes Speakeasy

AB InBev Plays the Underdog at Super Bowl LI

The beer business story heading into the Super Bowl this year is all about Budweiser. As you likely already know, it’s not about the beer, but the statement made by one of their commercials. Of course, there are very likely to be other commercials in their portfolio with crass humor, talking animals or celebrities. The marketing department at Anheuser-Busch gets the most our of their … Continue reading AB InBev Plays the Underdog at Super Bowl LI

Is There a Need for Beer Flavor Snacks?

The San Francisco Winter Fancy Food show was last week and one of the exhibitors that has been getting a lot of press is ReGrained. It is a great story of reclaiming/upcycling/whatever “spent” grain from the beer making process and making a nutritional bar out of it. There are many ways you can go with this product. Great use of ingredients with nutrition still in … Continue reading Is There a Need for Beer Flavor Snacks?

More Beer Data for the Data Geek Set – NBA Flavor

The NBA season starts tonight, and one thing that I stumbled upon (without a stumbleupon link) was this awesome site that is also close to my name. Statista is a great site to find stats and studies on industries, commodities, media and more. Best yet for me, who is slowly getting out priced for being a usual in-attendance fan of the Warriors, Average Beer Prices … Continue reading More Beer Data for the Data Geek Set – NBA Flavor

We’re Talking About You, Antisocial, Sadistic IPA Drinker

We all know someone who swears by IPAs. It’s the only beer that matters. Nothing else is as hoppy, biting, yet refreshing. There’s no better taste, smell and mouthfeel. Every respectable brewery has to make one. It’s the only three letters that matter in beer — forget about the letters B, E, and R. For those people, we’re all judging you. Well, at least the … Continue reading We’re Talking About You, Antisocial, Sadistic IPA Drinker