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?

Great Beer News and Shiny Charts and Graphs

I’ve been a steady reader of the beer coverage by Fortune magazine and have lauded it to anyone that will listen (or can tolerate my annoying platitudes). Chris Morris is a champ, John Kell enlightens and the entire publication really offers great insights into beer as a business. And there has been a lot of beer business news. They cover the news not just from … Continue reading Great Beer News and Shiny Charts and Graphs