The State of the Beer

7 ways you know it’s beer festival season

By | 2017-08-15T10:35:05+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Blogs, News, The State of the Beer|

I participate in beer festivals all year long, as I'm sure do many of you, but fall is different. Autumn approaches with something a little extra in the air, and as we all prepare for the first fall beer festival, the Annual Brews on the Beach, I started thinking about what distinguishes the season. Some of these observations are [...]

Evo takes center stage at Philly Beer Week

By | 2017-06-15T12:26:00+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Blogs, The State of the Beer|

Since its inception Evolution Craft Brewing has made beer with food in mind, beers designed to be menu-recommendation friendly. As Evo went from a local to a more regional brewery, it did so on the strength of this food-centric consideration and made a lot of restaurant friends along the way. Recently, a bunch of those [...]

Getting started at Reform on Tap

By | 2017-05-30T09:15:22+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Blogs, The State of the Beer|

This week was the first meeting of the "Reform on Tap Task Force," a group convened by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to try and get a handle on craft beer regulations. In case you missed it, Franchot convened this task force after this year's legislative debacle that hamstrung Maryland's craft beer industry. The aim of this [...]

Fin City gets in the canning game

By | 2017-05-25T06:17:07+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Blogs, Brewery Events, Events, Featured Craft Beer Festivals, Fin City, The State of the Beer|

'Ocean City's First Brewery' delivers Ocean City's first cans. It's been a long time coming but the guys and gals at Fin City Brewing Company have brought out the first run of canned beers. A combination of the affordability of canning and the growing demand for good beer in cans was part of the reason [...]

Canning day at 3rd Wave Brewing in Delaware

By | 2017-05-25T06:16:12+00:00 May 16th, 2017|3rd Wave, Blogs, Breweries, Featured Craft Beer Festivals, The State of the Beer|

Canning day at 3rd Wave Brewing in Delaware is a big deal  I popped into 3rd Wave one random afternoon recently to check on the canning line's progress. Lori Clough, one of the owners, let me know I was about 24 hours too early. The line had arrived a few days before and the assembly process [...]

Maryland politicos hope to fix bad craft beer legislation

By | 2017-04-21T09:02:01+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Blogs, News, The State of the Beer|

Franchot, Anderton gear up for next beer fight No matter the blather coming from Annapolis, the bad craft beer legislation recently passed by the house isn't good for anyone who makes beer for a living. State Comptroller Peter Franchot, who stopped by Evolution Craft Brewing as part of his recent Shore tour, hopes to set things right [...]

This is what the legislature doesn’t get about craft beer

By | 2017-04-10T16:47:40+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Blogs, News, The State of the Beer|

***Update*** It looks as if the bill is going to pass with the grandfather clause intact. This was easy to do because the only people it hurts are those without a brewery in their town. *** ***Update from the comptroller's office*** Comptroller Franchot will make a major announcement involving Maryland’s alcohol industry during a tour [...]

Mike Anderson hits the road for Big Oyster

By | 2017-04-04T13:45:53+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Blogs, BWS Show Notes, News, The State of the Beer|

As the only salesperson for Big Oyster Brewery Mike Anderson spends a lot of time keeping in touch with the brewery's more than 100 restaurant and bar customers on Delmarva. It's something you have to be built for, being up all the time. The easiest way is to have it as part of your general disposition. [...]

This is what a Craft Beer destination looks like

By | 2017-03-08T08:21:41+00:00 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 | 2017-01-25T06:48:18+00:00 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 | 2017-02-02T06:47:49+00:00 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 | 2016-12-08T08:56:19+00:00 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 [...]

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