powderkegbrewing – PorchDrinking.com
Philip Joyce and Eric Schmidt, co-founders of Amalgam Brewing, have never been ones to follow convention. In its first year of existence, Amalgam immediately established itself as a formidable contender in Colorado’s bountiful landscape of elite level barrel-aged blended sour producers, all without a physical taproom, its own production facility, or its own retail space, until now.
Plain and simple, we’ve long exited the rainbows and unicorns era of the beer industry. We’re not wanting to turn all doom and gloom, but one can’t ignore the significance of the workforce downsizing announcements made in recent years from the likes of Stone, Green Flash, even Anheuser-Busch and most recently New Belgium, who last week announced a 4% cut to their workforce.
In episode 33 of The PorchCast, we met up with Phil Joyce, head brewer of Powder Keg Brewing in Niwot, Colorado and co-founder of the forthcoming Amalgam Brewing, as well as Joe Tumbarello, founder of Denver’s Small Batch Liquors.
The term craft beer for all intents and purposes has jumped the shark. Over the past five to ten years, it has been sensationalized, marginalized and dragged through mud by the likes of Big Beer, bandwagoners and yes, even Wal-Mart.