Insights & Analysis

Franchise Laws: Leveling the Playing Field

The Reyes Beverage Group’s recent acquisition of Gold Coast in Florida highlighted a trend that anyone in the beer business already knows. Beer wholesalers are getting bigger. When you include Anheuser-Busch InBev branches, the top …More

Craft at 35,000 Feet

Dear airline executives (particularly those at United and American), You may have noticed recently that Delta Airlines is now offering a variety of beers from regional craft brewers on some of its domestic routes—they aren’t the …More

Know Thyself

On the Saturday Night Live skit “Coffee Talk,” one of Linda Richmond’s (Mike Myers) most famous discussion topics was the re-purposed Voltaire quip that “The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an …More

GABF Medal Winners Analyzed

One of the most common discussions I see in the aftermath of the Great American Beer Festival Competition is something along the lines of “why do California and Colorado” have so many GABF medal winners? The …More

Closings Signal Competition, Not Problems

Craft brewery closings have been getting a bit more attention in the beer press recently. Although high visibility closings are worth noting, I think there are numerous reasons why the health of the craft brewing …More

The Rise of the Microbrewery Tap Room

A new brewery, Liquid Mechanics, opened up last month a few miles from my house. It doesn’t have a kitchen, though you can order food from local restaurants and there are food trucks most nights. …More

Where the Craft Breweries Are

As the craft industry grows and changes – many of the most interesting questions revolve around geography. What regions lead the curve on craft? Which are catching up? Where should we expect more breweries to …More