Month: November 2014

  • Hell, I don’t live in Texas. I live in Austin!

    The Brewers Association recently published the current numbers of breweries in the US.  There are 1,308 brewpubs, 1,721 micros, 124 regional breweries, and 25 large breweries in America.  These numbers are amazing, but what is really astonishing is that there are 1,968 breweries in the planning stages!  And the beer industry is flat? The challenge for these […]

  • Only you can control your future…

    Recently ABI announced they had purchased a small, but quickly growing craft brewery, 10 Barrel.  10 Barrel is located in Oregon and sells only in that state, and in Washington and Idaho.  10 Barrel products are highly popular in all three states. If one takes a step back and looks at today’s ABI, just what […]

  • Responsibility is the price of freedom.

    I have frequently recalled the backgrounds of the beer guys who have taught me so much about this great business. As noted, almost all of them were either WWII or Korean War veterans.  I have learned so much from these patriots. Four of the very best beer guys I have had the pleasure of working […]

  • It’s all in the name…

    In 1977, a number of breweries, beginning with Falls City and Pearl Brewing Co., brewed a beer named after and supported by Billy Carter.  Billy was the younger brother of then President Jimmy Carter. Billy Carter was somewhat of an outgoing, fun loving, and partying guy who loved promoting his namesake beer.  The beer, however, […]