September 25, 2011 | By Pete Lawrence
I enjoyed this article on beer's black market. I've seen some of these crazy prices and agree with the article that the market shouldn't really support this. If it were true craft beer fans selling to other true craft beer fans, then high prices or not, I might be ok with that. But as with any high-demand, low-quantity item (i.e. concert tickets, autographs, etc), you get outsiders just trying to make a quick buck. It's annoying and I wish it didn't happen.
What's the most you've paid for a "rare" bottle of beer?
September 14, 2011 | By Pete Lawrence
Downtown Columbus' North Market is hosting their annual Microbrew Festival this coming weekend, Sept. 16 and 17. I've been the past couple of years and it's been a really fun event. The list of breweries seems down this year compared to last (or at least they haven't updated the list on the website in a while) but with C-Bus' top craft breweries there, it's a great way to sample all central Ohio has to offer. Plus, your $20 admission gets you $5 in food so you can try some of the amazing food at the market.
September 13, 2011 | By Pete Lawrence
The Brewers Association's announcement last month that craft beer sales were up across the board is certainly good news for beer lovers. Included in that report was the news that there are currently 1,790 breweries in the US and there are 725 new ones in the works.
I'm all for more beer and more variety, but I'm starting to wonder what the craft beer tipping point is in terms of how fast can the craft market share grow compared to the ever-growing number of people making beer. There's already extreme competition for shelf space at retailers and if the amount of craft beer being produced is going to outgrow demand in the next few years, it means that a decent number of breweries aren't going to make it. That'll be too bad as I'm sure all the beer being produced is quality product.
Of course I'd love for the market to just switch and say, "Oh, there's more craft beer, so forget macro-brew" and take over 30-40% of beer sales. But, it isn't likely to happen, and best case not in the next few years.
Best of luck to the new breweries, and I do hope there's enough room for all the great beer!
September 5, 2011 | By Pete Lawrence
Check out this nice video review of the new Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster. They say the secret to great Belgian beers is in the water: