The State of the Beer

This is what a Craft Beer destination looks like

By | March 9th, 2017|3rd Wave, Blogs, Dogfish Head, Fin City, The State of the Beer|

The Eastern Shore is a craft beer destination not because most bars here serve rare craft beers, but because they serve local craft beers. When I started covering the Ocean City HMRA show a decade ago there were two beer bars, and they always were packed. I collected bottle caps at the time and was [...]

New plan: Drinking more Dogfish Head beer sooner

By | January 25th, 2017|Blogs, Dogfish Head, Featured Articles, The State of the Beer|

At the end of the spring season last year, Dogfish Head debuted "Seaquench," which they billed as a session sour. Tart and a little salty, it was a massive hit well before its time. I first heard about it from DFH evangelist Dan Ryan at a beer tasting and book signing. In case I hadn't mentioned [...]

Good beer is a real thing

By | January 19th, 2017|Blogs, The State of the Beer|

This week, Shawn and Tony talk craft beer culture, try some new releases and talk about homebrewing techniques. In the news, we talk about how good beer is a real thing, not just an advertising construct. Hey, look! Another think piece on the decline of craftbeer This is a long and interesting thing piece considering [...]

Beer cheese burgers: A culinary race to the bottom

By | November 22nd, 2016|Blogs, The State of the Beer|

I'm all for normalizing beer. In fact, I participate in two weekly podcasts that look to do just that, and any hint that it's happening catches my eye. That's how I was tricked by the headline that fast food places would be adding beer. They will, but not in the way I had hoped. In [...]

A quick two cents on the top chef thing

By | November 2nd, 2016|Blogs, The State of the Beer|

For better or worse, a couple of people have asked about Anthony Bourdain and "beer zombies." First as a writer, I wanna remind everyone about context and sourcing. If an article headline interests you, go to the article, click on the link to the story to which the writer refers. Reblogging can cloud context. The shortest way [...]

The silly and the serious

By | October 12th, 2016|Blogs, The State of the Beer|

Jocular isn't a pretty word, which is too bad, because that was the vibe at this year's homebrew judging session at Pemberton Park, during the Good Beer Festival. It was a filthy day and it was outrageously early, especially for being the second day of a beer festival, but the mood was light and engaged [...]

Hanging out, making beer

By | October 6th, 2016|Blogs, News, The State of the Beer|

Oktoberfest is over in Munich, but here in the more literal-minded U.S. we're going to keep celebrating Octoberfest for the rest of the month. There are beer festivals pretty much every weekend from here on out including (probably) the Good Beer Festival this weekend, the Snow Hill Octoberfest next weekend and, of course the Shore Craft [...]

The hot beer for the next decade is being brewed now

By | October 5th, 2016|Blogs, The State of the Beer|

While demand might be outpacing supply, there isn't a per se hop shortage. As we've mentioned before, there more is a Citra shortage that may keep smaller brewers from being able to make variations of some of the more popular IPAs. The upside is that they have to be creative and bring other styles to the fore. The [...]

Looming hop shortage can be a good thing

By | September 28th, 2016|Blogs, The State of the Beer|

We've been hearing about this for awhile, that there is a hop shortage and it will kill, or at last maim, the craft beer industry. "Inconvenience" is the word I would choose, but I've never been an alarmist. At the bottom of the problem, according to the Wall Street Journal is a supply problem for [...]

Will pot take a bite out of craft beer?

By | September 26th, 2016|Blogs, News, The State of the Beer|

Last week, a Market Watch editorial took a shot at Boston Beer Co. and a PAC of Mass. distributors for working to block a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. The editorial says this is a wrongheaded move because the distributors are crooked (being recently convicted of a pay-to-play scam) and Sam Adams is already losing [...]

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