Category Archives: Observations

Lace on the glass.

Newly minted craft brewery Yuengling is having its usual really strong roll out in Massachusetts and distributors not in the game and competing brands are feeling the affect. According to this morning’s Beer Business Daily, America’s oldest family owned brewery … Continue reading

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There were these beers. So I drank them.

It seemed the appropriate thing to do. The beers shown above all came into my possession one way or another during the stretch when I was dealing with Buddy’s operation and subsequent medical care. I saved all the bottles until … Continue reading

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If I were in Portland, this is definitely where I would stay.

I was totally unaware of the below until I saw it, and stole it, from the latest post at Brian’s blog, which is a right strong commentary on the (inevitable) emergence of asshole behavior in the craft beer world and … Continue reading

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What he said.

(I posted this on Facebook and it seems appropriate to put it here as well.) Fred Shero, legendary coach of the Broad Street Bullies, is finally going into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Nicknamed “Freddie the Fog” because so much … Continue reading

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The state of things.

My man Harry Schuhmacher, in this morning’s Beer Business Daily, takes a hard look at the state of things in the craft beer world and lists some of the many challenges facing in the industry, all of them related in … Continue reading

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One-and-done on-premise placements pose a potential threat for craft brewers.

Shaken News Daily checks in today with a piece on a topic which I’ve been thinking a lot about lately: how burgeoning seasonal and one-off releases by craft brewers, all playing into the Next Big Thing mentality of all too … Continue reading

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Here’s something to think about.

Of all the growth in the craft segment last year, one-third came from brands run by Tenth and Blake (the craft and import division of MillerCoors).

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Two beer lists in Idaho.

I expected to follow up with more details about my trip to Idaho in late September within a day or two of posting this. It never happened, as you may have noticed, and the moment has passed. Still, there were … Continue reading

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RIP Tom Pastorius, Pennsylvania’s first microbrewer.

The Philadelphia region in the mid-90s became the focal point of Pennsylvania’s emerging craft beer industry, and given our tendency to ignore the other side of the state, it is too rarely mentioned around here that the opening of Penn … Continue reading

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Maybe there’s hope for him yet.

“I did a lot of talking on Facebook, which I now realize was wasted…” Lew Bryson, apologizing for allowing Why The PLCB Should Be Abolished to go silent for over six months, especially in light of the current, maybe last, … Continue reading

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