Archived Articles

Combining the Cannabis and Cocktail Cultures

Combining the Cannabis and Cocktail Cultures

By: Becky Garrison Terms like “The Wild West” and “Gold Rush 2.0” have been used to describe the rapid shift of cannabis from an underground illicit practice to a legalized market. Global brands like AB InBev and Constellation Brands have invested in cannabis-infused beverages. (For now they appear to be ...
Read More
Special Considerations and Latest Innovations for Growlers & Kegs

Special Considerations and Latest Innovations for Growlers & Kegs

By: Alyssa L. Ochs Growlers and kegs have been staples in breweries for many years. With the bevy of options available to brewers today, choosing the right size, shape and material for these essentials may be an overwhelming task. To make the best choice, brewers need to consider their options ...
Read More
Standing Out in a Crowded Room:  The Beverage Distributor & Supplier in the 21st Century

Standing Out in a Crowded Room: The Beverage Distributor & Supplier in the 21st Century

There is a compelling evolution in the industry and from our vantage point, the industry is changing rapidly, every month – week – day! As our country continues to change at the same rate, so must the beverage leaders to address this rapid evolution. Change, however, is difficult and having ...
Read More
Reflections From One Year in Operation

Reflections From One Year in Operation

By: Brian D. Kaider, Esq. I met Christian Layke in April 2016, when he was still the head brewer at the Rockville, Maryland location of Gordon Biersch. Like many others I had spoken to before, and since, he wanted to open his own brewery. But, he wasn’t a homebrewer with ...
Read More
Lessons Learned from Opening a Taproom-Focused Brewery

Lessons Learned from Opening a Taproom-Focused Brewery

By: D.C. Reeves, CEO, Perfect Plain Brewing Co., Pensacola, Florida Blame craft spirits, seltzer or industry saturation, but the reality today is that craft beer is going to face its biggest challenges yet in the coming years. This is a turning point for the industry, and at a micro level, ...
Read More
Innovation in Craft Beer is Dead: Long Live Innovation

Innovation in Craft Beer is Dead: Long Live Innovation

By: Erik Lars Myers It’s the rallying cry of the craft beer fan: What’s freshest? What just went on tap? What haven’t I had before? Today’s craft beer industry is a vast whirlwind of new. “Rotation nation” we call it, as we tuck our tried and true flagship recipes into ...
Read More
Soul of the Beer

Soul of the Beer

Origin Malt's barley roots in Ohio fosters promising growth for the Midwestern malt market By: Tracey L. Kelley It’s taken nearly a century, but barley production for craft beverages in Ohio is making a comeback. Victor Thorne and Ryan Lang, the founders of Origin Malt in Marysville, just north of ...
Read More
Making First Impressions Count:   Smart Math & Creativity Produce Innovative Design and Manufacturing of Labels

Making First Impressions Count: Smart Math & Creativity Produce Innovative Design and Manufacturing of Labels

By: Cheryl Gray Whether beer or bourbon, a distinguishing label serves a dual role in either identifying an old standard or giving consumers a reason to try something new.   Craft breweries and distilleries count on the design and production of their labels as a key marketing strategy. Labeling is ...
Read More
Testing, Metering and Monitoring Tools Enable Consistent Brewing

Testing, Metering and Monitoring Tools Enable Consistent Brewing

By: Gerald Dlubala Consistency in the craft brewing process is achieved through quality control. Quality control includes regular testing and monitoring of ingredients and processes to achieve consistent results over multiple batches, while also ensuring that all regulatory issues are followed and the risk of contamination is minimized. With new ...
Read More
VIRGIL GAMACHE, ORGANIC HOP FARM IN THE YAKIMA VALLEY

VIRGIL GAMACHE, ORGANIC HOP FARM IN THE YAKIMA VALLEY

Virgil Gamache Farms, Inc. is a leading organic hop farm in the heart of the Yakima Valley. The Gamache family began farming in here in the Yakima Valley in 1913. They called their first farm “the Sunshine Ranch.” Here the company’s founder, Virgil W. Gamache spent his formative years. The ...
Read More