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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

In beer, big is really BIG

As excited as we can all get about craft brew, it is humbling to realize just how small a part of the overall beer market it really is. Two reports published in the last week cast that into sharp relief. First, a market report by beverage accountants Frank, Rimerman + Co. takes a look at the possible future of craft beer, particularly in light of the success and “premiumization” of the wine industry. The authors conclude that craft beer is… Read More »

Extreme extreme beer?

There was a time, maybe a decade ago, when the chatter in the beer press was about “Extreme Beer.” The meaning changed over time – first it was simply beers that were very high alcohol or packed to bursting with hops, or more often both. Outfits like Stone Brewing in San Diego led the charge, with bigger, more muscular beers with names like “Arrogant Bastard” and “Ruination.” Then the meaning shifted to focus more on crazy experiments, brewing with oddball… Read More »