The Brewers Association (BA) has just released its annual rankings of the Top 50 Craft Breweries and Top 50 Overall Breweries in the U.S. Of the Top 50 Overall Breweries, 40 meet the BA’s definition of “craft brewer.” Not a ton of surprises this year, other than the fact that Duvel Moortgat USA has shot up to No. 6 on the craft brewers list from No. 15 in 2015. But that’s not really a surprise because the jump is primarily due to the fact that Duvel Moortgat acquired 2015’s No. 13 brewery, Firestone Walker. See the graphics below for the complete lists.
Diageo announced that it’s planning to open a U.S. version of Dublin’s Guinness Open Gate Brewery near Baltimore. Here are some details from the company’s press release:
As currently planned, the company would build a mid-sized Guinness brewery and a Guinness visitor experience with an innovation microbrewery at the company’s existing Relay, Maryland site. This new brewing capability and consumer experience, combined with a packaging and warehousing operation, would bring the company’s investment in Relay to approximately $50 million.
Craft Beverage Expo (CBExpo) will return for its fourth annual conference in Portland, OR Nov. 7-9, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It’s the first time the conference will be held outside of Northern California.
Each year, CBExpo attracts professionals from across the craft beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits market for three days of ducation sessions and presentations from hand-chosen experts. CBExpo also offers networking opportunities, bringing together artisan beverage masters from all segments to connect and collaborate.
And, we’re back! Took a bit of an extended hiatus from the videos while I was finishing up my third book, titled “The Drinkable Globe” (I know, how original). The book, from Turner Publishing, is scheduled to drop September 2017.
I’ve also changed the name of the video series from The Drinkable Week to The Drinkable Globe. You know, branding and all—also because I’ve shifted the format from weekly talking-head reports to travel-related vignettes.
In this edition, I hunt down only classic German and Czech-style brews at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
I head to the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia and share a few of my insights on the state of craft beer industry—or whatever the hell it may end up being called a decade from now. This episode also features a special guest: Victory Brewing Co. co-founder Bill Covaleski.