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.
A few years back, Odell Brewing released Fernet-Aged Porter, a chocolatey, coffee-like brew aged in barrels that once held fernet produced by Denver’s Leopold Bros. Distillery. Now, Chicago’s Forbidden Root restaurant and brewery, known for “botanic beers,” has taken that concept a step further and developed a brew using ingredients based on the flavor profile of the famous digestive. The brewery partnered with the makers iconic amaro Fernet Branca—the first time the latter has ever collaborated with a brewer. The result: Fernectic, an 8.4 percent ABV, a spicy, minty, herbal brew made with ingredients such as rhubarb, wormwood and saffron, pulled right from Fernet Branca’s recipe (which includes a total of 27 botanicals).
Forbidden Root unveils Fernetic at its West Town location on January 19th, offering it on draft and in a limited number of 22-ounce bottles for $14.99.
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.