Tag Archives: breweries

Italian Craft Beer Comes to Philadelphia

5 Apr

alla-spina-italian-craft-beer-bar

The craft beer movement is mostly an American phenomenon, though it’s only a matter of time before craft breweries start popping up overseas.  One country that has caught on to the emerging market of quality brew is Italy, and now you can have a taste of what they have to offer if you find yourself in Philadelphia.  Alla Spina, which means “from the tap” in Italian, is a craft beer bar and restaurant that opened in March and offers 20 beers on tap and 50 by the bottle.  While most of their selection is from the bigger Italian breweries, a good portion (6 of the draft beers) are from Italian microbreweries that are striving to create complex and delicious craft beer.

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Beijing Begins Brewing Craft Beer

27 Feb

slowboat brewery great leap brewing

Americans aren’t the only people with a craving for great craft beer.  The citizens of China have been showing a huge increase in demand for American ales with their strong economy on the rise giving people the means to afford better tasting, though more expensive, imported beer.  American craft beer exports have increased five-fold over the last five years (though the total sales in 2010 was still a meager $600,000) which has spurred the opening of two craft breweries in Beijing.  Great Leap Brewing and Slowboat Brewery are looking to take advantage of the emerging market with two different brewing styles.  Great Leap which opened in 2010, crafts beers from local ingredients, using Chinese hops as well as locally sourced honey, pepper, coffee beans, and teas while Slowboat imports hops and grains from the typical American farms located in the Pacific Northwest.   “It’s comforting for local Chinese to know the ingredients aren’t Chinese, because of all the food scandals,” said chief executive Chandler Jurinka.  Although the two Beijing breweries are following different strategies, both are pursuing the same goal: to create great tasting beer; and in a huge, emerging market of beer drinkers with extra yuan in their pockets, it’s a recipe for success.

Video: The American Beer Revival

20 Feb

Check out this fantastic video by visual.ly about the fall and rise of American craft breweries over the last 100 years.  Enjoy!

Documentary: Beer People

5 Jan

Beer People from Alan Torres on Vimeo.

An interesting look at the culture of beer in Michigan, showcasing the people who created and continue to shape it.  Beer People is available in full-length from Vimeo and is definitely worth the 20 minute runtime.  The video clearly shows why the craft beer industry is growing and why that’s a good thing through interviews with brewmasters, homebrewers, hop farmers, and bar owners.  Only available for a limited time.

CSU study says beer brewers adding jobs faster than other industries in Colorado

3 Jan

new belgium brewery

Though it may seem obvious, it’s nice to see some credible proof that the craft beer industry is alive and growing.  Colorado State University released a report detailing the impact of breweries on their local economies.  Needless to say, the results are favorable, and may be the reason Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper calls North Colorado “The Napa Valley of Beer”.  Follow the link below to the original article by the Reporter Herald.

Read the full article here

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Infographic: The United States of GOOD Beer

21 Dec

United State of GOOD Beer

While we strongly disagree about one or two of the choices (Landshark for Florida? Really?), here’s a nice infographic from GOOD.is that showcases one craft brewery in each state of the US.  Do you agree with their brewery for your state?  If so, they unfortunately fell short of their fundraising project to make the map into a poster, but enough fan emails might just be enough to convince them to try again.

Source: http://www.good.is/post/map-the-united-states-of-good-beer/