If you’ve spent any time in the craft beer world or visited a craft brewery, chances are you’ve heard the story a few times. The challenges of getting started from nothing, growing pains, and competing with the big guys. It’s a story almost every craft brewery tells and one that has been told in countless books by craft brewers over the years.
While it’s interesting to hear the version each brewer has to tell, it can also get a bit old time after time. Tony Magee tells a different version of the classic craft brewer startup story in, So You Want to Start a Brewery?: The Lagunitas Story.
When it comes to getting into your favorite bottle of brew, a bottle opener is a must. While the cheap ones usually get the job done, they do so with much additional effort and far less style than the many unique bottle openers out there. For the craft beer fan with a thirst, we need a bottle opener that’s not only unique, but also has the required build to get the job done over and over again. The Tin Mill Magnetic Bottle Opener is the great looking and highly-functional tool you’re looking for to get inside craft beer bottles.
No matter how your craft beer story starts, there’s a good chance your early days were spent sipping some of the best known craft brands around. These brands have been in the business since before craft beer was the cool thing to do. They’ve build the better beer industry, and lead the way for a new type of beer drinker. Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over A Beer Or Two is the story of the start and growth of the largest craft brewer in the United States, Boston Beer (better known as Sam Adams).
The time has come to celebrate! 40 years ago, Old Chicago started by combining a love for great food with great beer. In continuing that commitment to the perfect combo, they’re throwing one heck of a party, the World’s Largest Tap Takeover with Sam Adams on Saturday, July 9th, 2016.
I’ll be there and was lucky enough to have Old Chicago give me a preview what’s to come at this awesome event. Here are some of the brews you should look to try at the tap takeover.
Many of us have beer cap collections but often we aren’t quite sure what to do with them all. The original Beer Cap Maps are an awesome way to show off your beer cap collection. They offer maps you can fill with your favorite caps and can be personalized to your home state or country. Now these great displays have gotten even cooler with the release of the new Beer Cap Maps Metal Groove Map.
As much as we’d love to drink beer all the time, we’ve all been places where publicly drinking a beer just isn’t allowed. At your kid’s school play, early morning meetings, funerals, and other venues may not be the best time to drink a delicious brew. But what if people didn’t know you were imbibing on a brew? What if they thought you were drinking coffee instead? Lolo Lids is the beer cup that lets you drink in places you normally shouldn’t.
Summer is coming, and with it will come that wonderful warm weather. The weather is great, but it tends to have a negative effect on your favorite beverage. Beers get warm quick in the summer sun. While we can’t always drink them down fast enough to keep from getting to less than optimal temperature, with the Chill Puck we can be sure our beers are always cool and ready to drink.
Food and beer go together in so many wonderful ways. They each compliment the other and bring out the best in both. Alone they’re awesome, but together they’re exponentially greater. There’s a reason beer dinners are so popular (and delicious) and more and more restaurants have come to realize the great things that can be done by bring the two together. If you love this combo and love to cook, you have to check out the book Food & Beer.