Contract brewing: good for the brewer, good for the brewery

Go to any liquor store with a decent beer selection and you’ll find enough “bombers” (22-ounce bottles) to start a war. This proliferation of beers is due, at least in part, to the rise of contract brewing, or brewing your beer at someone else’s brewery.

This relationship is mutually beneficial — it helps the physical brewery’s bottom line while allowing a new brewer to get a foot in the door for a much lower initial cost. By contracting, startups can avoid the often multi-million dollar investment that comes with building a brewery. Lower entry costs means more breweries, which means more selection, which means more hoppy goodness for all. Continue reading

First column: About Good Brew Hunting

Most Americans think of beer as light, yellow, fizzy, refreshing, and almost flavorless. From Prohibition through the late 70s, that’s exactly what it was. Thankfully, that light lager monopoly has been losing its grip on the American consumer at an ever-increasing rate, leading to a golden age of more-than-golden beer in America. Continue reading