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From The Hop Press: 2009 in a Nutshell


My latest featured article for RateBeer’s Hop Press… posted on Saturday, December 12th.

As 2009 winds down in a big holiday rush, I thought that I would take a look back at a few of the things that were important to me during my 54th year. Perhaps this last year could best be described using the Charles Dickens’ saying, “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times”, for it was a very eventful year.

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From the Hop Press: The Economics of Beer


My latest featured article for RateBeer’s Hop Press… posted on Saturday, December 5th.

Practically all of us know someone that has been severely impacted by the downturn in the world’s economy… layoffs, spending cutbacks, company closures and the like are just all too common. But what about beer (a favorite question of mine)? How has the weakened economy affected the parent industry of my favorite beverage? Let’s take a look…

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A VTHopHead Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving at the VTHopHead house is all about family, close friends, great food, football and, of course, good beer. While most people are focused on the turkey n’ stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie (I like these too) for my son Jamie and I it is also a time to pull out a “special” beer (or few) to add to the holiday cheer. This year he has scored an excellent Unibroue selection, including their abbey tripel La Fin Du Monde, and what will be my first beer from Nova Scotia, Alexander Keith’s Premium White. I also will have a slightly chilled bottle of Allagash Musette, one of their bourbon-barrel aged brews, on “standby”, just in case. This is shaping up to be a really great Thanksgiving!

Hmmm… I can hardly wait for Christmas!!

Featured Writer at The Hop Press


I have joined a small group of beer writers/bloggers on a new RateBeer.com endeavor called “The Hop Press” that can be found at www.hoppress.com. I am really happy to be a part of this select group. As one of their featured writers, my column will appear on Saturday each week on the Hop Press site. I will probably write more articles than just the one that is featured each week and all of my Hop Press articles can be viewed at koenemann.hoppress.com. I hope that you choose to visit this new site regularly and that you enjoy not only my posts, but the posts of these other talented beer bloggers.

Rock Art Wins “Monster” Battle!

Late in the day on Wednesday Rock Art Brewery, makers of “The Vermonster” beer, and Hansen Beverage Company, makers of Monster energy drinks, reached an agreement that will allow Rock Art to continue to use the name “Vermonster” for its beer, so long as it stays out of the energy drink market.

Matt Nadeau, Rock Art owner, is ecstatic, but is still adamant that there needs to be additional trademark reform that would prevent similar situations (big corporation bullies abusing the small business owners) from happening in the future.

The month-long battle was fought on two fronts… Rock Art and the lawyers fighting the legal battle against Hansen in the courts and the very public battle waged on-line and in the media by craft brewers and other concerned individuals. Hansen had their hands full on both fronts. It quickly became evident, to many, that Hansen’s legal pursuit of the Vermontster name was probably not going to hold up in court and, perhaps more significantly, Hansen’s reputation as a beverage manufacturer began to take a real beating in the marketplace as beverage retailers, distributors and tens of thousands of everyday consumers rallied against Hansen’s efforts against Rock Art.

Stay tuned for an official statement from Rock Art at their Web site… http://www.rockartbrewery.com/

It’s nice to see the little guy win for a change… and justifiably so! Thanks everyone for your help in winning this epic battle against “evil”!!

SKoenemann HopPress Blog is alive!

I have been fortunate enough to be selected, along with a short list of other beer bloggers, to blog for the RateBeer Web site (www.ratebeer.com). RateBeer is one of the leading authorities on all things “beer” and I am very excited about this opportunity.

RateBeer has created a special site, called The HopPress, for all of these bloggers to post to. My personal HopPress blog can be found at koenemann.hoppress.com. Occasionally, links to selected posts from these beer bloggers will appear on the RateBeer home page.

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Las Vegas – Land of Beer?

I spent the better part of last week in Las Vegas at a conference. During the few days that I was there, I was able to add an incredible 16 new beers to my Ratebeer ratings list. Almost all of these new beers were sampled at the restaurants and bars in and around the Mandalay Bay property. The new additions to my list can be viewed at http://www.ratebeer.com/user/10669/ratings.

Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries List

The Brewers Association has announced it’s annual list of the top 50 brewing companies. Included in the press release are lists for both Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies of small and independent craft brewers plus a Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies list. Rankings are based on sales volume in 2008. See both complete lists at http://www.beertown.org/craftbrewing/statistics.html.