Author Archives: Jack Curtin

the Nostalgia Series: (from The New Brewer, Spring 2009)

Beginning in 2009, I have written one of the four primary articles in the annual “Industry Review” issue of The New Brewer, the bi-monthly magazine published by the Brewers Association. These stories summarize performances at all levels in the craft … Continue reading

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Beer Business Daily: Beer is 1.5% of National Gross Domestic Product

From this morning’s issue: BEER ROCKS THE NATION ECONOMICALLY As you may know, every other year the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers’ Association commission a study to show the vast economic impact the beer industry has on the … Continue reading

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The Nostalgia Series: Every Day Is April Fool’s Day (Beer Yard 2004)

Long ago and far away, when we were young and excited and could all laugh at one another, April 1 was always a special day at the Beer Yard website (as it was and still is for many others), and … Continue reading

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What’s Going On Here?

I am not abandoning this site, but since I can’t find the time or much inclination to post regularly here these days, I figured I might shift the focus a bit and, in addition to the occasional brand new post, … Continue reading

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The Nostalgia Series: (from American Brewer 2007)

DIFFERENT STROKES, DIFFERENT COASTS How craft brewing grew on either side of the country. By Jack Curtin It began, most of us agree, with Fritz in 1965, sitting at the Old Spaghetti Factory in San Francisco’s North Beach, sipping his … Continue reading

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Trouble at Twin Lakes? [updated 7 July 15]

UPDATE: Twin Lakes announces it will relocate You do this gig for 20 years, you end up with sources, some good, some bad, some just trying to get you or somebody else in trouble. You figure it out or you … Continue reading

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Session beers are taking over the craft world. Maybe?

This is counter-intuitivity at is finest: With rising health awareness and concern about binge drinking driving sales of low and non-ABV beers among consumers, it seems counter-intuitive that innovation in strongly alcoholic beers should be rising. But new research from … Continue reading

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From this afternoon’s Craft Business Daily: DOGFISH HEAD SWAYS BOARD ON SECOND HEARING After a second go-round that featured 90 minutes of new testimony, Dogfish Head persuaded the Rehoboth Board of Adjustment to let them renovate their brewpub on a … Continue reading

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The one wherein I drink a whole bunch of over-hopped pale ales.

Session IPAs are the hottest thing in craft brewing at the moment, as Fortune magazine noted in a story which went online last Friday: How popular are Session beers? Consider this: Founders Brewing Co. introduced its All Day Session IPA … Continue reading

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Biere de Grouch fans Alert!

There must be a horde of you out there, am I right? the beer that debuting in a titanic struggle in which good triumphed over evil and then came back for a victory lap earlier this year will be part … Continue reading

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