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Tapping into the business of craft beer [infographic]

September 13, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer

Thanks to Kendall College for the infographic and guest blog post below.

Tap Into the Business of Craft Beer Infographic – An infographic by the team at Kendall College: School of Hospitality Management


Beer is awesome! Craft beer is especially awesome.

More and more people throughout the United States and throughout the world are homebrewing their own beer as well as enjoying locally-made craft beer. Consumers are slowly moving away from the grip of the Big 3 (Bud, Miller, Coors) and enjoying beers that actually taste good. What a concept!

Craft beer is a beverage trend both students and faculty at Kendall College were interested in learning more about. Students along with assistant professors John Laloganes and Phil Mott provided both research and insight into the craft beer industry as a whole.

They researched food pairings, growth numbers along with the number of jobs the craft beer industry generates. The results are this craft beer infographic. Some interesting highlights and findings from their research are highlighted below:

• Students looked into what percentage of consumers are drinking craft beer and found that just over a third of consumers (36%) drink craft beer

• 45% of consumers said that they would be interested in trying more craft beer if they were more educated about it, both the types of craft beer and where to purchase it.

• Younger age groups tend to enjoy craft beer more. 43% of Millenials prefer the taste of craft beer where only 32% of baby boomers enjoy the taste of craft beer.

• In 2007 craft beer sales were 5.7 billion. By 2012 that number doubled to 12 billion. Experts expect that number to triple by 2017 to over 36 billion. That is a huge increase in a short amount of time for the craft beer industry.

• As of 2012 there were 2,204 breweries that were open, which is the highest number since the mid 1880s.

• The craft beer industry in the United States alone generates over 103,585 jobs. The business of craft beer is providing jobs for hard working individuals.

• If your favorite beer is an Irish Red, try pairing with a burger. If you are more of a Brown Ale fan, try pairing it with a grilled cheese and soup.

These numbers show that the craft beer industry is on the rise and here to stay. Enjoy your favorite craft beer and toast a cheers!

Oskar Blues, Stone Brewing beer sampling events happening this week in Memphis

September 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Oskar BluesThere’s two free craft beer sampling events happening this week in Memphis that you won’t want to miss.

On Thursday (yes, that’s tomorrow), there will be an Oskar Blues Brewing Co. tasting at Joe’s Wines & Liquors in Midtown as part of Oskar Blues’ roll-out in Memphis. The event runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and there will be special discounts on the beers served. Follow @OskarBluesTN for all the latest on the Longmont, Co., brewery’s entry into the Memphis market.

Stone BrewingThen on Friday, there will be a tasting of Stone Brewing Co. beers from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cash Saver on Madison. Stone rep Brett Collier (@StoneBrewBrett) will be there pouring samples of Pale Ale, Levitation Ale and Smoked Porter. Jim O’Brien from Crazy Good Specialty Foods (@CrazyGoodSauce) will also be there to sample out their new Raging Pineapple Salsa.

Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival will have more beers, new location for 2013 event

September 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestThe Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival will have more brewers, more beer and a new location for the upcoming 2013 event.

The 4th annual beer fest will be held at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper, on a spacious 2+ acres of property in the shadow of the iconic Cooper-Young trestle.

More than a dozen brewers have already committed, meaning this year’s festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet. New brewers from Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee have committed to pour their beers.

Tickets for this year’s event go on sale this Friday, September 13. Buy them online at cybeerfest.org. You can also buy tickets at the Cooper-Young Community Association booth at the Cooper-Young Festival on Saturday. Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 at the gate, if any tickets remain.

The Midtown beer festival features craft beers from breweries within a day’s drive of Memphis, as well as some of the best homebrew around.

For the latest on brewers and other festival news, connect with the Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

New Albany, Miss., to host ‘Tallahatchie on Tap’ beer tasting event on Sept. 21

September 10, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events

Tallahatchie on Tap

Tallahatchie on Tap, the North Mississippi beer tasting event formerly known as New Albany on Tap, is coming up Sept. 21 Following the success of the event on the Tallahatchie Riverbank last year, organizers in New Albany have decided to make that their permanent event space and call the event Tallahatchie on Tap. All proceeds will be donated to the Trailhead Plaza fund to support the creation of a small public trailhead space and purchase bike racks for downtown New Albany.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Sugaree’s Bakery for $20 or at the event for $25. The ticket price covers a commemorative beer glass, beer sampling and food provided by Tallahatchie Gourmet and Sugaree’s Bakery.

Here’s a press release with more details:

New Albany, MS – 8/28/2013 – The third annual Tallahatchie On Tap is an outdoor beer tasting event with local food, live music and folk art that will be held on the Tallahatchie Riverbank downtown in New Albany, MS, on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Live music will be performed by the Cake Walkers from Oxford.

Punch cards will be provided for ticket holders to sample 2 oz. servings of 23 different craft and imported beers. The breweries are Yazoo Brewing Company featuring Dos Perros, Hefeweizen, Gerst, Sue, and Hop Project; Straight To Ale featuring Monkeynaught IPA, Sand Island Kolsch and Lilly Flagg Milk Stout; North Coast Brewing Company featuring PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale, Brother Thelonius Belgian Style Abby Ale and Old Rasputin Imperial Stout; Oxford Brewing Company featuring Sorority Blonde and MPA #8; Lucky Town Brew Company featuring Pub Ale, Ballistic Blonde and Flare Incident; Rogue Chocolate Stout; Sam Adams Octoberfest; Abita Andygator; Red’s Apple Ale and 3 Lazy Magnolia Seansonals.

Food will be provided by Tallahatchie Gourmet and Sugaree’s Bakery. Folk artists represented by the Art of Dixie gallery will be set up to show and sell their work. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Trailhead Plaza fund to support the creation of a small public trailhead space and purchase bike racks for downtown New Albany.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Sugaree’s Bakery for $20 or at the event for $25. The ticket price will cover a commemorative beer glass, the beer sampling, the food and a free limo shuttle to all hotels and addresses within the city limits of New Albany.

All volunteers and ticket holders must be at least 21.

Mary Jennifer Russell, organizer of the event and owner of Sugaree’s Bakery, says: “Tallahatchie on Tap is a great event for New Albany that is well-supported and anticipated all year. Unlike other beer festivals, the vibe at ours has a certain quaintness partly due to its location in our picturesque downtown under a grove of oak trees on the Tallahatchie Riverbank. That, and we put as much energy into the quality of the music, food, and art as we do the beer selection, which creates a very well-rounded event.

“I feel that New Albany’s downtown has tangible momentum right now, with the new wine and liquor laws, the recent successes of other local food, art and music events, the grand opening of the Tanglefoot Trail, the awardwinning tennis facilities and the hiring of Sean Johnson as the new Director of Marketing for the city.”