Month: November 2017

  • Change is the end result of all true learning..

    The ongoing talent drain at AB, as discussed in last week’s post, has additional ramifications for other beer companies.  In a recent visit with a senior leader of a large MC distributor, this leader commented that when asked by his vendors to do a ride-with, he typically refused, under the assumption that he would not […]

  • Talent without working hard is nothing..

    One by-product of the recent growth of crafts has been the noticeable increase in job openings across the country.  Industry pubs and websites list employment openings in the craft industry ranging from production to logistics.  The majority of jobs listed are, however, in the areas of sales and marketing, specifically district, regional or area sales.  […]

  • A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers..

    At last month’s annual NBWA convention, the topic of conversation was what ails the beer industry.  The issue was addressed by wholesaler and multiple panel discussions, in addition to on-stage discussions led by the leaders of ABI and Heineken.  For the most part, both leaders listed virtually the same reasons for the industry woes: “share […]

  • For every prohibition you create, you also create an underground..

    In December of 1917, almost 100 years ago, the US Senate proposed the infamous eighteenth amendment, an amendment, as we all know, that banned the sale of all alcoholic beverages with an ABV greater than 1.28%.  This attempt by the government to legislate morality on the citizens of the US is considered to have been […]