#roundtable Archives – PorchDrinking.com
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For over a year, breweries have had to walk a most tenuous tightrope in order to keep their businesses afloat. From weathering recurring shutdowns, to navigating government red tape in order to secure small business loans, massive business plan overhauls, to heartbreaking decisions on staffing, breweries have dealt with it all.
Now as nearly 140 million people in the US have received at least their first round of vaccinations and businesses begin reopening, we thought we’d check in with breweries owners of all sizes to see how COVID has impacted their operations for the long run, and what steps they’ve begun taking to reopen.
Prost! For some parts of Europe, grape is king. But, in Germany, it is all about barley and hops. German Beer Day (Friday, April 23) celebrates that country’s rich brewing culture and history. So we wanted to briefly discuss German brewing and ask some of our team what German Breweries they’d like to visit and what German beer styles they genuinely love.
It’s unfortunate that it takes public relations disasters like the recent Founders Brewing litigation and other instances of sexual harassment and sexism to open up a greater dialogue around diversity in craft beer. Over the past several months, we’re finally seeing more breweries address the industry’s lack of diversity head-on. Some are also realizing that embracing diversity in their brewhouses and taprooms has benefits beyond PR. The Brewer’s Association points out that cultivating diversity isn’t just a feel-good effort: “Research studies increasingly show that diversity and inclusion (or D&I) can help increase a business’ bottom line, drive innovation, attract more talent, attract more customers and create more opportunities for growth.”
Like book lovers with towering bookshelves full of the classics, or hunters with heads o’ plenty adorning their walls, some beer nerds maintain extensive bottle collections. Indeed, aficionados of fermented malt and hops often engage in the art of cellaring beer. But not all of them agree with the idea of saving beer for later.
Tristan asked the staff, what craft brewery would you be most disappointed to see sold to a third party and why? Also would it matter if it were sold to another craft centric brand, one of the big three, or a private equity group?
While the quality of a brewery’s beer is of the utmost importance, the atmosphere in which that beer is enjoyed also factors into the overall drinking experience. This week, Tristan asked the PorchDrinking staff for the extra touch that really makes a brewery’s tap room stand out.
Find out what we had to say, and feel free to leave your comments below!
Maybe it’s just my imagination but I swear I’m starting to feel the crisp air of fall mixing in with the final weeks of summer, and it has me craving my personal favorite fall beer style, pumpkin beer. This week we asked the PorchDrinking crew what notorious fall beer styles they crave as the leaves start turning and the weather grows ever crisper. Add yours to the comments below!
This week’s Roundtable Discussion was inspired by the MLB All-Star game a couple of weeks back. We asked the PorchDrinking team: If you had to create an all-star lineup of five beers from YOUR city what would they be? We have lineups from Chicago, Denver, Boulder, Dallas, SLC, Atlanta, St. Louis and more. Add your picks in the comments below.
We try to keep things pretty positive around here. We love the friendship and camaraderie that is a hallmark of the craft brewing community. We want to lift people up for their strengths, applaud their efforts, and rejoice in the great unifier that is beer. That is, until things get hostile.
Sunday was Easter and this week is Passover. A few week’s ago was St. Patty’s. There are holidays among us. So, in the spirit of celebrating, we asked the staff what pre-existing holiday they would grant a second day of celebration to and where they’d place the deserved repeat in the calendar year. Wouldn’t it be fun to celebrate your favorite holiday twice a year? Dream with us and share your response in the comments below.
Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day and we are not done celebrating it quite yet. Our staff ponders some of the good memories (the clear ones) associated with the holiday.
After an epic Super Bowl Sunday, we asked our staff for their favorite and least favorite commercials. Bet you can’t guess which one we wish we hadn’t seen…
Earlier this week I was sitting at work despite a Level 2 snow emergency. Had I still been in grade school, I would have had the day off, and I would have been outside sledding, building a snowman, etc. Alas, I am an adult, and I had to dig my car out from under half a foot of snow to make the drive into the office at a measly 25mph. As you can probably tell, unlike when I was a kid, I now despise this time of year, so I thought I’d see how the rest of the staff feels about the white stuff now that we’re all grown up.
This week we asked our PorchDrinking crew a question they were certainly prepared to answer: If you were introducing someone to the world of craft beer, what beer or brewery would you start them off with? The result is a fool-proof guide to masterfully convert anyone to craft beer.
Last week, Mike Zoller posted this article on our staff page and posed the question, “Would you pay $120 for a 22oz beer?” For this week’s Roundtable Discussion, we decided to take it a step further. We asked our fellow PDers for the most expensive bottle of beer they’ve ever purchased, how much it actually cost them, and how much is too much to pay for a single bottle. Scroll down to find out what they said and please feel free to leave your comments below!
This week our Roundtable was inspired by a real life one that our founder, Tristan had with some friends over beer. He wanted to know what the rest of the staff thought. (You can find his opinion below.)
We asked: In your opinion what are the 10 best movie franchises of all time? We aren’t asking for your favorite franchises, but rather, the best. (Note, franchises must be comprised of at least 3 movies to count.)
Memorial Day Weekend signals the opening of virtually every pool in the good ol’ US of A. This week, we asked our staff to recount their favorite throw back or recent pool memories. Feel free to share yours in the comment section below!