Greetings, March is a pretty rough month for beer sellers in Southwest Florida. Do not get me wrong, it is a great month down here, just time for things like blogging are difficult to come by. Here is beer news people as busy as I am may have missed.
The American Beer Industry’s economic impact is $246.6 billion dollars and the industry provides two million American Jobs. This study came from the Beer Institute (BI) and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA).
Soon Floridians may be able to enjoy the long-awaited 64oz beer growlers!
SABMiller is now producing a cheap beer made with cassava called Eagle in Ghana. This project hopes to curb consumption of “rather toxic home-brews” common in Africa. Cassava has a very short usefulness after harvest, why not turn it into beer?!
Lakeland Florida is about to be home to the first Brew Hub in Florida. Brew Hub is a business started by ex-Anheuser-Busch executives that provides craft brewers with the space, equipment and expertise to make their recipes come to realization.
Anheuser-Busch has achieved its 3 year environmental goals concerning water, energy, carbon emissions and recycling. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/innovation-sustainable-practices-lead-to-stronger-returns-research-report-on-anheuser-busch-coors-femsa-diageo-and-beam-2013-03-11
In February, NPR commissioned an independent study on the alcohol content of some of Budweiser’s primary beers. White Labs (a very well-respected and large producer of brewing yeast) found the alcohol content in Budweiser, Bud Light Lime and Michelob Ultra to be spot on or well withing the legal requirements.
I do not think this to be very likely as exponential growth for 37 years is not an easy thing to sustain, however craft beer output could surpass Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors by 2050 if the trend continues.
Here are a few interesting (not surprising) trends the beer search engine SaveOnBrew has recently cataloged. http://news.yahoo.com/saveonbrew-identifies-intriguing-trends-among-craft-beer-drinkers-120031741.html;_ylt=A2KJ2UbFA09RyUgAtn7QtDMD
I love the craft beer world, there is a unique and refreshing spirit of community, respect, innovation and fun that I just do not see in any other business. Sadly, it is still business and I fear that as the craft segment grows, so will the intensity of the competition. With an intensified competition, I think many people will see business practices and attitudes commonly associated with big business trickle down. I hope I am wrong, but the following article proves I am certainly not the only one thinking about it. http://business.time.com/2013/03/22/as-craft-beer-gets-bigger-will-it-become-more-like-big-beer-or-perhaps-wine/
The following link is off topic but I found it to be interesting just the same about “hip” neighborhoods and their overall benefit to cities.
Chicago Chef Rick Bayless is teaming up with Crown Imports to help make a beer.
I found this on Beer Advocate’s forums last night and thought it was interesting (Posted by pheurton)
The top 10 beers on Beer Advocate in the Spring of 2003
“In order, 1-10 (Spring 2003):
Storm King Stout
Westvleteren Abt 12 (yellow Cap)
Two Hearted Ale
Stone Imperial Stout
Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout
Trappistes Rochefort 10
Double Bastard Ale”
I would be happy with any of these. The discussion on the changes over that ten years is worth reading ass well.