Author Archives: Jack Curtin

Everything old is new again…eventually.

One of the reasons the Philadelphia region became a major beer destination in the late ’90s despite the fact that the craft beer scene here was still in the embryonic stage was that the city is ideally situated as port … Continue reading

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Troegs Cultivator Helles Bock.

Here is what I have to say about this beer. Buy some. It is delicious. Really, have I ever led you wrong? Well, except that one time….

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Sam’s a hard act to follow….

Sam Calagione, that is, whose thoughts on A-B InBev’s recent activities re: the craft world  I pointed you to yesterday, but a report in this morning’s edition of the invaluable Beer Business Daily more than lives up to the challenge … Continue reading

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Promises are meant to be….

Not broken, exactly, but subject to reality. When I said in the previous item that “regular” posting would resume hereabouts, you have to first consider just how regularly I was adding something new ever before the Big Blackout and I … Continue reading

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Whatever became of that nice Liquid Diet website?

Dunno what anyone trying to access this site concluded over the last two weeks, but this post I put up at my other blog two days ago under the above headline gives you a bit of the background. All appears … Continue reading

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More on that Budweiser advert: Elysian’s Dick Cantwell is not pleased.

From this afternoon’s Craft Business Daily: Chicago Tribune beer writer Josh Noel has just tweeted a preview of an article due out summing Elysian co-founder Dick Cantwell’s reaction to such apparent oversight. “I find it kind of incredible that ABI … Continue reading

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This Bud’s for….people who don’t care.

There’s a lot of chatter in the beer world today over last night’s controversial Budweiser ad which takes a shot a craft, ranging from “Craft brewers make fun of Bud, why can’t Bud make fun of craft?” to screams of … Continue reading

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None dare call it craft.

When John Holl left legitimate journalism and entered the strange world of beer writing a couple of years back, we all had to raise our games more than a bit. Yes, he’s that good and when he has something to … Continue reading

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A-B’s craft acquisition strategy, per Beer Business Daily.

This was Harry Schuhmacher’s evaluation in a special late addendum to yesterday’s issue of his daily newsletter: There are two common denominators underlying A-B’s strategic choice of craft brewers they purchase (and make no bones about it, there’s a strategy … Continue reading

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The Age of Innocence is over.

Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co, it was announced today. This is an edited sentence from a story I’ve written for the upcoming issue of Ale Street News (out in early February) about what happened in 2014 and what … Continue reading

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