1. It's several days before Thanksgiving and at Journey to the Beer Store we thought it would be a great idea to give you some ideas on what beers to bring to your Thanksgiving dinner/ lunch. If someone is making you a great dinner and letting you hang out at their house for 4-5 hours the least you can do is bring some great beer that everyone can enjoy. If you are reading this post from another country and are unfamiliar with a U.S. Thanksgiving, well let me explain. Thanksgiving is a National holiday where we Americans gather with our families and friends to celebrate the Pilgrims and the Native Americans breaking bread and getting along with each other near Plymouth Rock, MA. If you don't know your U.S. History this was some time before the settlers (New Americans) started to fight with the Native Americans over land. Enough with the history lesson...if you want to learn more go on the internet or buy a history book or something. The way we celebrate this great day is that we eat way too much food all day long, watch football, take naps and drink beer. Below you find a list of brews that I think will be great to bring to your Thanksgiving dinner.

    Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale ( Mayflower Brewing Company Plymouth, MA)

    The name says it all...Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale. Mayflower Brewing Company is named after the Pilgrims ship and the label has a turkey on it. Mayflower Brewing Company is located in Plymouth Massachusetts where the Pilgrims anchored and came ashore. If Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale is not the official beer of Thanksgiving I don't what beer would take its place. This is just not a great name and label it is truly a great beer. I really think this should be the beer you pair with your turkey dinner.

    Avery Pump[KY]n (Avery Brewing Company Boulder, CO)

    Avery Pump[KY]n is a powerful brew measuring at 17.22% ABV. At 17.22%ABV this should be your last beer of the day after you ate for the entire day so the food can absorb the alcohol. You need to sip this beer and have only one. If you have more then one of Avery Pump[KY]n you will be the family member sleeping on the couch that the family can't get up. Besides being a high alcohol beer it is tasty with sweetness, alcohol and cholocate flavors.

    Peanut-Butter Cup Stout ( Do Can Brewery Lowell, MA)

    Yes you read this right. The beer is called Peanut-Butter Cup Stout. This is the beer that you need to open when the dessert comes out, an hour or two after you eat your dinner. This beer will pair well with pie, cake or cookies. Forgeot all those desserts this beer is a dessert in itself. When you first open the bottle and smell the beer you may think that they brewed the beer with a Reeses peanut butter cup. Peanut-Butter Cup Stout is brewed with cocoa powder, powdered peanut butter and roasted peanuts. At 6.5% ABV it won't over power you and is definitely a beer to bring to your Thanksgiving day dessert table!







    Kon-Tiki ( Austin Street Brewery Portland, ME)

    Kon-Tiki is just a great fresh drinkable beer. Coming in at 5.3% ABV you can drink this beer all day on Turkey Day...from the start of the day with the Thanksgiving Day parade to the first football game, through dinner and until the last football. I am kind of sad that I don't have any with me.



    Palate Wrecker (Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego, CA) 

    I love IPA's and the more hops the better it is for me. I love Palate Wrecker and this brew should be one of your top picks for IPA's for Thanksgiving. With 100+ IBU's and at 9.5% ABV you should watch out as more then 2 or 3 of these your mouth won't be able to determine if your dinner is any good or not.





















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  2. If you  are a fan of the blog or have read it from time to time, you would know that I like to go on brewery tour days with my friend Steve. One Sunday afternoon at a bar with Steve watching the Patriots game we decided it was time to go on another brewery tour day. Steve and I shot around ideas on where to go in-between watching the Patriots squeaking by the Raiders. Steve and I decided that our next brewery tour day will be Portland, Maine. A few days before we set off to Maine, Steve and I decided on a handful of breweries that we might want to visit in and around Portland, Maine and on October 18th we were off!

    Our first visit and tour of the day, was at Allagash Brewing Company. We arrived at Allagash Brewing Company around 10:45am and I was surprised to see that the Allagash Tap room and retail spaced was crowded...I guess everyone had the same idea as us. A brief hint if you want to go on a tour at Allagash you might want to plan ahead. The brewery has tours but they suggest you pre-registar online. The tour is free but you would like to secure your spot. Steve and I went up to the desk to see if we could sneak in on the next tour. While we waited Steve and I took this time to look around the tap room and retail space and I have to say wow! The tap room and retail space was beautiful, a lot of Allagash White had to have been sold to build that tap room. Luckily for Steve and I we were able to sneak in on the tour with two bus loads of people on The Maine Brew Bus Tour (on a side note if you are looking to sample beer and don't want to drive there are plenty of Beer Tours like The Maine Brew Brew Bus Tour you can choose from). The tour at Allagash was great and the tour guide really knew his stuff!





    The Allagash tour ended in the barrel room which was a cool place to end a tour and this is where we got to complete the best part of the tour...the beer sampling. Allagash is pretty generous with the samples and everybody got to try full samples of all four beers available. After the samples the tour guide brings the group back to the tap room where you can pick up some of the beer, a tap handle or other Allagash merchandise.

    After we were done at Allagash, Steve and I then jumped in the car and drove 40 yards across the street to an industrial park which has three breweries located at it. Our next visit was to Foundation Brewing Company. 


    I was excited to visit Foundation Brewing Company, as I did a interview with them earlier this year: (http://journeytothebeerstore.blogspot.com/2014/04/joel-mahaffey-and-john-bonny-are.html). When Steve and first arrived at Foundation it was quite busy. The tap room was small but they had 4-5 beers that you could sample a 3oz -4oz sample. These samples cost $2 piece which is not a bad deal. Steve and I squeezed our way to the bar to get our first sample. We enjoyed about 3 samples before we decided to move on to the next brewery.



    Our next stop on the trip was the Austin Street Brewery which was a 3 minute walk to the back side of the industrial park. Prior to this day I hadn't heard of Austin Street Brewery as it is a newer brewery in the Portland craft beer scene so needless to say I was excited to see what they had on tap!


    
    
    

    Like Foundation Brewing Company the Austin Street Brewery had a small tap room with a brewery area open to drink and play ping pong and corn hole, which I thought was a great idea. Austin Street Brewery gets its name from where one of the owners Jake lived and where the two owners brewed and sampled beers. The day Steve and I visited Austin Street Brewery they had two beers on tap to sample and buy.
     
       
    The two beers on tap were Kon-Tiki a south Pacfic Pale at 5.3% ABV and Oliver which is a Brown Ale with coffee and a 6.0% ABV. Steve and I both decided to start with Kon-Tiki. Kon-Tiki was a great beer. A similar beer would be Jack's Abby Brewing Kiwi Rising. I really liked Kon-Tiki and had another sample before trying Oliver. Before visiting our next brewery Steve and I both purchased growlers of Kon-Tiki, my only bad decision is that I should have bought two growlers...it is that good. After we finished here we made the quick walk back to the car to drop off our growlers and then made our way to the next brewery Bissell Brothers which was about a 10 yard walk from our car.
     
     
    When Steve and I arrived at Bissell Brothers Brewing Company we had a to wait several minutes in line to get into the brewery tap room. The day we went Bissell Brothers had released the Substance Ale which is probably their most popular beer in 4 packs. People in the tap room and sitting outside had 2 or 3 of these 4 packs. I wanted a 4 pack to bring home to Massachusetts, however we were a litte to late as two people ahead of us bought the last 4 pack! The line kind of thinned out behind us when people heard the news. Steve and I decided to keep on track and try a beer or two of Bissell Brothers. Lucky for us we were able try the Substances Ale on draft which both Steve and I really enjoyed.
     
     
     
    It was now after 1:00 and Steve and I decided it was now time for some food. We got in the car and in the first time in 3 hours we left the center of craft beer in Portland and headed to downtown Portland for lunch at Gritty McDuff's Brewpub for lunch. I had a bowl of chili and some mac n cheese. Our next stop after lunch was Bunker Brewing Company. I forgot to take a picture at Bunker Brewing Company but it really looks like a bunker as it is a small brick building. Steve and I each got one beer at Bunker Brewing Company. After purchasing our brews we headed out back to some picnic tables to enjoy our brews. I got an Octoberfest which I enjoyed. Bunker Brewing is kid friendly as they had a bouncy house. If I didn't just eat lunch I probably would have been in the bouncy house for a little bit. After we completed our beers at Bunker Brewing Company we drove .10 miles to our last stop of the day...Rising Tide Brewing Company.
     
     
    Rising Tide was packed when we got there. Steve and I bought two 12 oz samples and made our way outside to a open table. Like at Austin Street Brewing Company, Rising Tide also had a couple of corn hole games outside that guests could play as well as a food truck on hand which I thought was a great idea. As we were sipping our samples we took notice that right next door to Rising Tide was Maine Craft Distilling. After I finished my beer I went over to Maine Craft Distilling where I had a sample of the whiskey which was pretty good. After that we decided to call it a day and make our way back to Massachusetts. Overall, it was a productive day as we visited six breweries, a brewpub and a craft distillery.
     
     
    
    
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  3.  
    The craft beer industry is ever expanding, and that is true in Massachusetts. With last month’s launch of White Lion Brewing Company (Springfield, Massachusetts first craft Beer Company), we at Journey To The Beer Store thought it would be great to sit down with Raymond Berry the President and General Manager of White Lion Brewing Company and learn more about Massachusetts’ newest craft beer company. What we learned from our time with Ray Berry is the meaning about the White Lion name, what brews they will be brewing and what would be in Ray’s dream 6-pack.
    How did you come up with the name White Lion Brewing Company and does the name have any special meaning?
    Craft brewing has an element of creativity to it.  As the first craft beer from the city of Springfield, I felt the need to be creative, and, a name that was compelling and had purpose.  A White Lion is a rare phenomenon; folklore says it is a child of the sun. Anyone to be in its presence is sanctified with prosperity.  It is an extension beyond any race, color, creed or gender. In essence it is the symbol of good in all mankind.  
    How did you get into the brewery business?
    I am a fan of craft beer.  However, I was unable to identify with a home town beer; the city of Springfield (the 3rd largest city in the Commonwealth and 5th largest in New England) did not have its own home town product. So after mulling it over with a number of friends, I went on a quest to find someone with a great reputation and following.  I met Mike Yates and we kicked it off immediately. Mike is an award winning brewer and the partnership was born.
    What styles of beers are you brewing?
    We launched an American Pale Ale 5.5% and a Cream Ale 5%, we will follow-up in early 2015 with an Amber Ale and a dark roast malt IPA.
    Where will White Lion Brewing Company beers be available?
    White Lion is partnered with Massachusetts based Williams Distributing (Hampden and Hampshire Counties), Girardi Distributors (Franklin and Berkshire Counties) and Quality Beverage (Worcester, Bristol, Middlesex, and Norfolk Counties).  Through this partnership we are able to cover 3/4 of Massachusetts.  
    What is the most difficult part to get your beer on stores shelf/on tap at bars?
    Craft in general is on fire.  There are some really, really creative and good tasting beers on the market.  So it is important to brew a quality line of beers.  We think we found the right ingredients and partnerships to put White Lion in the craft conversation locally, regionally and statewide.  We believe the product will speak for itself, and the demand will allow us to part of off/on premise establishments.
    Collaborations in the craft beer world are becoming more popular lately. If you could do a collaboration with any other brewery what brewery would that be and why?
    There are a number of great market leaders in western Massachusetts like Berkshire Brewing.  But I could easily add in another dozen or so from Massachusetts.  We are just proud to be part of the craft craze and we will always support other brewers and breweries.  
    If you could have a dream six pack what six beers would be in your dream six pack?
    How about a dream 24 pack?  There are just too many good beers out there.  We would take a single beer from the top 24 brewery's judged by consumers across the country.  Maybe your blog can be the start of crowning a blog champion.  
     
     
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  4. If you have been a fan of the blog or read the blog from time to time you know that I wrote about this topic on beer prices at MetLife stadium almost two years ago to the day. This is the link to that article: http://journeytothebeerstore.blogspot.com/2012/10/metlife-stadium-beer-selection-and.html. If you read this previous post or the blog you will know that I am a Massachusetts resident my whole life and a life long Patriots fan. I go to MetLife Stadium for a Giants Game with my wife's family who are life long Giants Fan (I know you are probably asking how did a Patriots fan marry a Giants fan, my late father was asking the same thing when I told him that too) for a family day at the Giants Game. Since I haven't attended a game with the in-laws since 2012 I thought it was a good idea to review the beer prices and beer selection at MetLife Stadium. When I did this review in 2012 I found that beer prices were close to $10 for a beer. When doing research for this years post, I found articles online from business sites and other sites listing beer prices anywhere from $5 to 8.75 for a beer at MetLife Stadium. I thought to myself that this had to be wrong or MetLife Stadium had decided to decrease its prices by almost half...I knew the latter was most likely incorrect.


    Again I thought that Metlife Stadium had a decent beer selection. They had a good variety of craft beer and beer from the big three. The following beers I found being sold on tap at Metlife Stadium: Yuengling, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Corona Light, Heineken, Budweiser, Bud Light and Goose Island products (and if you didn't already know Goose Island is now owned by Budweiser). For beer sold in cans and bottles I also found Bud Light, Budweiser, Stella Atrois and Bud Light Ritas. You might be able to find other beer options but this is what I found in the area that we were sitting in.



    Beer at MetLife stadium is not cheap, for that matter nothing at MetLife Stadium is cheap. My advice to you would be to bring lots of cash, hit up the ATM before you head to the game, or bring your Visa, MasterCard or any other piece of plastic that has a high credit limit. Another idea is to tailgate before the game and drink all the craft beer/beer that you want to drink and avoid drinking in the stadium all together. As stated previously, before we went to the game I read reports of price ranges for beer at MetLife Stadium between $5 to $8.75. However, my wife and I and the rest of the family didn't find one beer close to $8.75. If you thought you were going find a beer for $5 you were mistaken as well. The only way you are going to find a beer at $5 at MetLife Stadium is if you got into the time machine and travelled back many years. Bud Light drafts and Bud Light in a bottle for $10. Sam Adams Octoberfest and Yuengling were $12. For Goose Island products it is $10 for a small and $12 for a large. I know what you are thinking...you could buy a whole 12 pack of most of these beers for around these prices...I know I was thinking the same thing.
    $10 Bud Light

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    Final Thoughts and Rating

    When I reached the front of the line and ordered two Bud Lights I was a little surprised that the woman behind the counter informed me that the total was $20. The last time I was at MetLife Stadium for the Giants with my wife's family a Bud Light was $9.50. I asked the woman behind the counter is the price was just for a Patriots fan? She laughed and said no. I asked if Jets fans pay a different price and I was laughed at again and told no. I guess everyone pays the $10 for a Bud Light. I thought to myself where are those $5 and $8.75 that have been reported on different sites? Once I reached my seats to meet my wife with the rest of the family I forgot about the $10 Bud Light. In the second quarter I looked hard to locate a beer below $10 however I am sad to say that I didn't find any beer below $10.

    However. what I really liked about the beer selection at MetLife Stadium is that you didn't have to wait for a long period of time to get a beer. The section that I was in you had at least 4-5 stands where you can get a craft beer, Bud Light or one of your favorite brews. What I also liked this time around was that for the most part you knew the cost of the beer before you ordered it. I noticed signs up disclosing what you will paying while you are watching your favorite team.

    My final rating for the MetLife Stadium beer prices and selection is 3.0 out of 5. My main reason for the score being so low is the high beer prices.  However, two years ago I rated MetLife Stadium a 2.9 out 5. I went up 0.1 to 3.0 for the following reasons: Firstly, you can get a beer pretty quickly and get back to your seat and back to the game; Secondly, MetLife Stadium has a nice selection of beer for any beer lover and; Lastly, the posting of prices of beer was a nice thing to see because I didn't see the last time in 2012.




     
     


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  5. I love to watch anything and everything about beer…especially craft beer! So a month ago when I heard about a new beer documentary called Brewland I got really excited. I wanted to see where I could get a copy of it. I was disappointed to learn that it was still in production, but that got me thinking…if I couldn’t watch Brewland the next best thing would be to interview the man behind the film, Director Michael Sills. It was great to speak to Michael and learn more about his film Brewland and why he decided to make a film about the craft beer industry. Along with learning about Michael’s film we also discuss beercations.

    A documentary exploring the craft beer industry and culture in the United States is a great idea for a film. How did you come up with idea to make this film?
    The idea for the doc stemmed from a trip to Vermont with my wife to try some the beers fresh from the source I heard so much about from friends of mine. After being in that environment, you realize there is a great story up there, so initially I wanted to do a piece about three brewers and the success they found. After digging deeper, I realized the more interesting story was VT as a microcosm to the entire industry, so our project shifted. More time working on the project passed and we came to another realization: the craft beer industry as a whole. 

    Can you tell us more about the film Brewland?
    So right now, Brewland has filmed about a third of what we want to and have a lot more to go. The more people we can talk to, the better the story is going to be, so we have some traveling to do. We are just about to start an Indiegogo Campaign to raise some money to complete everything.

     I am sure you have learned a lot about the beer industry in the United States while filming. What would you say is the most interesting thing that you learned about the craft beer industry in Brewland that you didn’t know prior to making this film?

    That there were so many damn beers, but more importantly so many good beers. These guys are experts at a craft (no pun intended) that at points can be very precise and their attention to detail is tremendous. To watch them work is really something, just the care that goes into it.

    You have interviewed brewery owners, business’ that support craft brewers and writers. How did you pick the subjects that you interviewed?
    A lot of our choices came from recommendations or word of mouth, but after that just long periods of research, finding people with interesting stories or something unique to the craft beer movement.

    The craft beer scene has been growing at a rapid pace in the last 12 plus years. From the information that you received while making your film do you think the industry can sustain this rapid growth?

    I'm not sure, it's pretty split with the people we have spoken to about what the future holds. Some believe its fine, some are preparing for possible another collapse. Hard to say, but in my opinion, I think something’s coming, but it can be avoided. It’s going to all come down to communication and unity.

    When can we expect Brewland to be released and where will people be able to find it?
    Hopefully the project will be completed by the end of the year, that’s our goal.

    Beercations are becoming more and more popular recently. If you could go on a beercation any place where would you go and why?
    I want to go on a beercation to Europe, specifically visit the monks of Beligum and try some fresh trappist beer, especially Westvleteren.

     

     

     
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  6. In a couple of days the Nation will be celebrating Labor Day where we Americans will be kicking back enjoying the last unofficial weekend of summer. So enjoy your last couple of days in your backyard, at your beach house, lake house, pool or going to the beach and wearing white…(I never really understood that). One essential part of every Labor Day weekend along with the great food that you will be devouring is...BEER of course! At Journey to the Beer Store we wanted to help you make that difficult decision on what beer to bring to that next Labor Day party or to your friends beach house. Lets face it you shouldn't show up empty handed to the party!

    Light House Ale (Naukabout Beer Company, Osterville, Massachusetts)

    Light House Ales name says it all, it should be drank on and or near the beach. It also doesn’t hurt that Light House Ale is a nice light refreshing beer that is easy to drink on hot day at the beach.

    Alaskan Summer Ale (Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau, Alaska)

    I had a chance to try this beer for the first time this month after my mother brought it back from an
    Alaskan cruise. I really liked Alaskan Summer Ale. It was a nice light refreshing beer. I could have a few of these! The label is great with the bright orange and with a Killer Whale as the logo. The logo makes me want to go on a whale watch (or just bring out my VHS copy of Free Willy).

    Hopzilla Double India Pale Ale (Terrapin Beer Company, Athens, Georgia)
    Hopzilla Double India Pale Ale has a great label. The label is a giant turtle with hops as its hands and with people and planes fleeing the Hopzilla. Every Terrapin beer that I have sampled I have really enjoyed and I feel the same with this offering. However, you need to be careful while drinking Hopzilla as it has a 10.3% ABV . If you drink too many of Hopzilla's you might feel like you got crushed by Hopzilla himself.

    Imperial Destroyer Imperial/Double IPA ( Do Can Brewery, Lowell, Massachusetts)
    Imperial Destroyer has become one of my favorite IPAs and favorite beers since I first sampled it earlier this year. Imperial Destroyer is a hoppy beer. If you are like me and like hoppy beers this beer will be for you and your friends.
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  7. This past weekend I took the fast ferry to Nantucket for the day with the family. Nantucket is a nice island to visit for the day. The highlight of Nantucket for me (and probably most craft beer and beer drinkers) is Cisco Brewers Brewery. The owners of Cisco Brewers also own a winery called Nantucket Vineyard and a distillery called Triple Eight Distillery. The best part is that all products can be found at the Brewery. Cisco Brewers Brewery also might be one of the best values on the pricey island of Nantucket. You can pick up a free brewery shuttle every half hour or so at the tourist information center. My shuttle driver was very knowledgeable about the Brewery. I learned facts about Cisco Brewers that I previously didn't know. Once at the Brewery you will be
    excited to know that you can take a tour through the Brewery and the Distillery and for $20 you get an hour long tour with many samples. Sadly I was unable to take a tour due time constraints as I needed to make sure I got the ferry back. However, even without the tour I still had a good time buying a couple pints of some great beer and walking around. Cisco Brewers also have bands playing on their stage near the beer sampling shack. You can also buy mixed drinks made with Triple Eight Distillery products or buy some wine. Don't worry about drinking and not having anything to eat as the Brewery has food trucks at the Brewery daily. You will also be glad to know that Cisco Brewers Brewery is family and pet friendly. I saw many families together sitting outside listening to music and having a few drinks. I witnessed several kids asking their parents for Cisco Brewers t-shirts and hats...maybe future craft beer drinkers?!? So next time you are in Nantucket give your nanny or dog walker a break for the day and bring your family to the brewery for a nice day out! (Don't forget to bring back some beer/souvenirs for your nanny and dog walkers :)). Below you will find some pictures that I took while walking around.
    Cisco Brewers Tap Room

    Brewery space

     

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  8. Tonight we have a guest review from my cousin Erin. It's her first review I hope you like it.
    New Belgium Summer Helles Lager.

    It looks very light. Almost like bud light or Coors light but tastes much better. It's not like an IPA but doesn't have all of the floral or lemony taste like a summer ale usually does. There wasn't a lot of head because I had such a fantastic pour. :)
    The bottle says "originally brewed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of telluride bluegrass, our summer helles became a festival favorite worth sharing with everyone. A trio of hops harmonize with German malt and yeast to whet your well tuned whistle."
    It is hoppier than most summer beers but then there is a softer after taste. I guess I would say it smelled like a light lager? I would give it 2 stars out of 5.

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  9. Naukabout Beer Company based in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts has recently announced the release of two new beers in their lineup. This will bring Naukabout Beer Company's lineup to three beers. We at Journey to the Beer Store are excited with this announcement from Naukabout Beer Company and are looking forward to trying Naukabout's two new beers in the near future!

    Naukabout Beer Company's first new beer is called Lighthouse Ale.


    Naukabout describes Lighthouse Ale as the following: "Light, crisp and refreshing Lighthouse Ale is a blonde style beer that goes down easy. If you or your friends are looking for a beach beer or just something that you can enjoy throughout the day then this is the beer for you".  Luckily for you if you are planning your next beach day Lighthouse Ale is available right now!

    Naukabout Beer Company's second new beer is White Cap IPA.

     
    They describe White Cap IPA as a "delicious, hoppy IPA". If you want to try this new IPA don't worry this brew will be available in the next few days!

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  10. Steve Hindy co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery chronicles the turmoil’s and success of the craft beer industry in his new book, The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink. Steve has been collecting the stories for the book for the past 27 years and within eight months he had this amazing collection put together into a remarkable read. I honestly have to say that from the minute I started reading The Craft Beer Revolution I had trouble putting the book down. At Journey to the Beer Store we thought it would be great to interview Steve Hindy, learn why he decided to write this book, learn about some of the behind stories that he chronicled and where he sees the craft beer industry in the next 30 years.

     

    Why did you decided to write The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink?

    I have had the great fortune to witness an amazing triumph of American entrepreneurialism. I started collecting stories for the book literally 27 years ago. The rise of craft beer in America is an incredible business and human story.

    How long did it take you to gather the research and write The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink?

     It took about 8 months to research and write the book.

    In the chapter “The First Generation” you write about the first generations of craft brewers. Where would the craft beer industry be without this first generation?

    The First Generation laid the groundwork for the craft beer revolution by educating millions of Americans about craft beer, and by demonstrating the positive impact a brewery could have on a community.  The First Generation also persuaded hundreds of beer wholesalers across the country that craft beer could be an important part of their portfolios.

    In the chapter “The Class of ’88” you highlight 11 breweries that started in 1988 and are still operational. Are you surprised that your brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, along with the 10 others that you highlighted are still open and have been so successful?

    All of us in the Class of '88 worked tirelessly, and against great odds, to establish our companies.  No one likes to talk about it, but I am quite sure that none of us made much, if any, money in the first decade of our existence.  For all of us, failure was not an option.  It was our passion for beer, and our belief in craft beer, that kept us going.

    In the chapter “Big Money Meets Craft Brewing” you write how you would pin failed breweries on your office wall. Why did you do this and did seeing all these failed breweries on your wall, motivate you and your partners?

    In the 1990s, many craft breweries failed.  Rumors were flying.  The list was my way of sorting the truth from rumor.  I was determined not to join that list.

    If you could have two dream six packs, one from the first generation breweries, and another from the second generation breweries, which six beers would be in each of your dream six packs?

    First Generation: Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Anchor Steam, Abita Amber, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter; Second Generation: Allagash White, Fat Tire, Dogfish 60, Pliny the Elder, Firestone Double Barrel, Lost Abbey Judgement Day.

    Where do you see the craft beer industry in the next 30 years?

    Craft beer will be more than half the US brewing industry in 30 years.

    You have written two books now and are a co-owner of a brewery. Which one is more difficult…opening and running brewery or writing a book on the craft beer industry?

    Starting and running a brewery is much more difficult.  It takes everything you have and many qualities you didn't know you had.  Writing is hard, but I enjoy writing and I get great satisfaction from it.  It helps me keep things in perspective.  
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