Despite the idyllic notion that craft beer is an incredible industry founded on collaboration and camaraderie, last year’s reckoning ignited by Brienne Allan’s work showcased that sexism is a rampant issue in beer that has often been swept under a rug for far too long.
Brienne’s work helped to shine greater awareness on the systemic issue and as a result, incremental change has begun, as seen with her Brave Noise collaboration campaign. Additionally, we’re constantly inspired by a new class of trailblazers like Ash Eliot, founder of Women of the Bevolution, who’ve stepped up to help continue to further Brienne’s cause, and our own Kindsey Bernhard, who launched the Boys are from Märzen podcast to spotlight incredible women in the industry, and Grace Weitz, editor for Hop Culture and organizer of Beers Without Beards festival, which celebrates women and non-binary led breweries. However, in the grand scope of things, there’s still so much that needs to be done to bring greater equity to a historically male-dominated industry.
It’s not enough to post that a brewery supports diversity and will work to combat racism, sexism, homophobia; there has to be actual action. Performative allyship does nothing.
Back in July 2021, the Biden Administration issued Executive Order 14,036 focused on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” An Executive Order is a broad directive from the Executive Branch that sometimes can act as an immediate law. The goal of Biden’s EO last year was to draw attention to consolidation and competition in various industries in order to provide benefits to consumers in the form of better service, more product choices, and lower prices, as well as provide guidance for regulatory agencies to provide a more level playing field for small businesses. In this instance, Executive Order 14,036 specifically addresses competition in the beer, wine, and spirits industry.
Beer deserves to be celebrated! That’s why this Saturday, March 5, 2022, beer lovers across the state will have the chance to raise a glass in honor of Georgia Beer Day as the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild hosts it’s second annual Beer Day. Over 70+ breweries from Acworth to Valdosta are participating in the event.
Breweries have the option to go full-on shindig or just have the commemorative glasses, by artist Ali Lamoureux, available for customers but either way $1 of the sale of the glass goes back to the Guild to help promote growth and support of the industry. The design is an homage to the beautiful landscapes throughout Georgia “from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Driftwood Beach” as an outdoor refuge is portrayed on the Becher pint glass. Last year, these limited (at each brewery) glasses went FAST, so make sure to get there early and support all day!
Each year, Pink Boots Society members across the country team up to brew a beer for International Women’s Day. The Chicago chapter met up in February at Church Street Brewing Company to brew Cosmic Nunchucks, which will be available on tap and in cans at participating breweries starting this weekend. The brew day event involved 45 women that are involved in the craft beer industry in the Chicagoland area, helmed by Chicago Chapter Co-Leaders Shana Solarte, Raiye Rosado and Katie Hofmann.
Aside from the glorious return of PorchDrinking’s 2022 Super Bowl LVI Bingo Boards, there’s quite a lot to celebrate during this Super Bowl Sunday. Firstly, we’re finally free of a Patriots / Buccaneers / Tom Brady Super Bowl. And this marks the first time in over 30 years that the Bengals will be making an appearance in the big game.
Some games might draw you in with intense action, or a complex mechanic, whereas some games are simply there to tell a story and leave an impression. Firewatch, a 2016 game from Campo Santo, is a compelling adventure game that wonderfully mixes in mysterious interactions with incredible dialogue and perfectly scored music all set against a picturesque backdrop of the Wyoming Wilderness.
Atlanta, Georgia based Fire Maker Brewing Co. was recently selected as one of the top ten new breweries of 2021 in an article from USA Today. Fire Maker finished runner-up in the voting which is quite a feat considering all the breweries included in this category. How does a brewery like Fire Maker celebrate an honor like this? One way is to team up with one of the other top ten breweries and make a beer!
As a native Wisconsinite and a current Chicagoan, Dry January has never been something I have attempted before. After a heavily celebrated December (and negative COVID tests abound), I knew this year was the time to take the plunge. Despite two full beer fridges from advent calendars and friends leaving beer at my home, I went into January with a strong resolve. Below are the tips and tricks I learned throughout the month so anyone who wants to attempt a dry month can hopefully also be successful!
With countless brewery running bottle clubs and memberships all around the country, we hope to spend some time this year scratching the surface and examining what some of these breweries offer. Bottle clubs aren’t anything new, but the exclusivity and things being offered has drastically changed in the last several years. On the surface, a bottle club sounds pretty straightforward, but if you have ever been a part of one then you know they can vary greatly in terms of what is offered, pricing and overall quality.
Throughout history, there have been rare occasions when two once-in-a-lifetime talents combine to form a unity even more perfect, that prove combined talents can be just as good, if not better than individual achievements. Jordan and Pippen, Shaq and Kobe, Ruth and Gehrig, Simon and Garfunkel, Hall and Oates.
Even though 2021 seemed to pass by at an outrageous pace—two years of a pandemic will do that—there were several memorable beers, new breweries and stories that came out of Georgia. 2021 saw Lagers catch a ton of love across the state, finally. There were still plenty of other styles and releases that garnered tons of trades and attention, but shoutout to Lagers for stealing the spotlight. Seltzers, distilleries and everything in between are starting to populate and associate with craft breweries from Atlanta to LaGrange and north to south.
This article is written by Kyle Van Deventer, Former Director of Sales for Griffin Claw Brewing Co. and originally appeared on Better on Draft
Craft beer is an industry filled with thoughts of endless streams of alcohol, beer dinners galore, festivals every weekend (sometimes multiple) and just pure gluttonous behavior. As someone who has been in the industry for over 12 years and having known nothing but this behavior, the illustrious vision of others was becoming a stigma for me. As a 33-year-old father now, my health isn’t the greatest. My goals aren’t the same as they were when I was 21, and staying out at a bar isn’t what I would call a good time anymore. There needed to be a change, but I caught myself wondering how I could make that change. It started with plenty of fears both professionally and personally. Having the fear of missing out, the fear of peer and customer opinions and the fear of perception, kept me from making any change. That is until I went to get a check-up.
Given the continued craziness of COVID-19 and its impacts on the craft beer industry, how are breweries’ sustainability goals progressing? Did breweries have to abandon these goals in 2021 or were they able to meet their objectives? To answer these questions, I recently interviewed two sustainability leaders in the craft brewing industry, Brewery Vivant and New Belgium Brewing.
Below is my interview with Katie Wallace, Director of Social and Environmental Impact at New Belgium Brewing. You can read the interview with Kris Spaulding, Owner and President of Brewery Vivant, here.
The smell of barbecue is about to get a lot stronger in south Aurora, CO. A Bit Twisted Brewpub is having its grand opening party this weekend, bringing with them an irreverent sense of humor, approachable atmosphere, and some down home Texas-style barbecue.
That momentous day has arrived: The one you have been impatiently waiting for since you saw those two solid lines on the Clearblue and comprehended the weight of their meaning. You are now a new parent–congratulations! As a new parent, you will need beer to help cope with the stresses of everything caring for an infant entails. Do not use beer as a crutch–that’s not healthy. Rather, escape with the occasional, enjoyable can of suds to put yourself in a happy place, a temporary headspace not completely dominated by every whim of your beautiful, screaming child. Here is a guide to beers for a new parent.
The United States of America, the epitome of freedom, the land of “milk and honey,” or in the case of this article, the land of milk, honey, hops, grain, yeast, water, rice, fruit and whatever other ingredients or adjuncts a brewer wants to use to make craft beer. With nearly 9,000 thousand craft breweries spread out across this great nation, the options to wet one’s craft beer whistle in this country seem to be endless. We are very fortunate to have these choices readily available to us here and that’s why we wanted to explore what the micro craft breweries across America have to offer.
While the collective humankind would likely agree that 2022 can’t arrive soon enough, we’d be remiss if we didn’t blow the doors off of 2021 with one final calamitous she-bang. As we reflect on this past year’s highs and lows, we can all cheers toward looking forward to better circumstances and hope.
During a year in which COVID-19 continues to affect all aspects of life, how are breweries sustainability goals progressing? To answer this question, I recently interviewed several sustainability leaders in the craft brewing industry. Over the next few weeks, I will share these conversations. My first interview is with Kris Spaulding, Owner and President of Brewery Vivant, which is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spaulding shared about the brewery’s progress over 2021 and what they hope to accomplish in 2022.
Great Divide Brewing Co. announced today that its Barrel Bar facility in Denver’s River North Art District was purchased by Colorado-based real estate investment, development, and management firm McWhinney. Service at the Barrel Bar will continue uninterrupted.
Great Divide originally …