In the Spirit of Good Beer (Episode 157)

here's to the spirit of good beer

In this week’s show, what to do with the homebrew kit you got for Christmas, the sweet and the salty and keeping in the spirit of good beer. This is the last episode of 2017, although I might pop in with something to say next week if there are any stories you just shouldn’t miss. In the meanwhile, though: Drink what you like and be happy!

We’re winding up the year here with the Beer with Strangers podcast but we don’t have any exciting listicles. Instead, we took a look at other trend stories to see how we felt about them. Mostly I’m happiest that I’m now acquainted with the phrase, “Pastry Stout” which describes the super-sweet approaches to stouts. I don’t always mind them, but it’s a good shorthand.
The greatest upside to pastry stouts is that it makes it a little easier for people who still are craft beer holdouts to find something to like.

2018 Craft Beer Predictions *

As we close out 2017, I can say with certainty that the waters are a bit choppy in the craft beer sea. On one hand, you have the positive outlook which points to nearly 6,000 craft breweries in the U.S., then there are those numbers that point to challenges in the market due to multiple factors.

Along those lines I got a chance to speak with Sam Calagione for a story about the other side of sweet, salty. I wanted the story to be about how everyone at Dogfish Head pitched in to make this a success, I’m not certain I succeeded. Still, It’s a good beer and not a bad story.

SeaQuench Ale leads way for Dogfish Head’s booming year

CLOSE Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione was in Los Angeles recently supporting the push for Dogfish’s SeaQuench Ale as it continues to grow in the Pacific. He was about as far away from Milton as he could be in the continental U.S., drinking a beer made in Delaware. And he wasn’t alone.

The Brew Hub chain has reimagined what was to be a bunch of contract breweries and now is heading down the chain brewpub path. This very well could be the new point of entry for people to grow their craft beer brands because it can be accomplished without having massive fights with distributors. Make good food and good beer and that’s all you have to worry about.

As Craft Growth Slows, Brew Hub Shifts Strategy |

Brew Hub has hit the pause button on an ambitious plan to spend $100 million to build five new contract brewing facilities throughout the U.S. by 2018. “Building a new brewery in another geography doesn’t seem as strategic as it did four years ago,” Brew Hub CEO Tim Schoen told Brewbound.

If Budweiser is the first beer drunk on Mars, thank a group of Fort Collins researchers

Gary Hanning always liked space, but he never thought he’d work in the field, having grown up on a farm, having studied agriculture and genetics, and having since toiled in commercial agriculture. But as humans look to expand their reach – creating settlements on distant planets – space and agriculture fields aren’t so far apart anymore.

It’s Official: Samuel Adams and the Boston Red Sox Form Partnership

Samuel Adams, the brewing giant considered by many as the grandfather of the craft beer renaissance, has been declared the official beer of the Boston Red Sox, one of Major League Baseball’s oldest franchises. The multi- year partnership is now official, uniting one of Boston’s beloved professional sports teams with its equally admired home- grown craft beer.

About Tony Russo

Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies, dailies and destination websites. Tony has been producing news, leisure and entertainment podcasts since. 2007. In addition he has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their dog and cat comfortable.

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