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From the HopPress: A Beer Industry Checkup

A Beer Industry Checkup

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, August 14th.

It has been a while since I took a more than cursory glance at the beer industry as a whole. What with the economy raising cane in most parts of the world for the last 24 months or so, I was a little afraid of what I might find. Even with some signs of a weak economic recovery beginning here in the US and a few other parts of the world, there are many significant business and personal tragedies left over from the economic devastation that reigned for the better part of 2009 and into most of 2010. For many, the last couple of years have left them financially scarred… a moderate to severe reduction in the value of their retirement nest egg and their real estate investments. The fortunate ones have something of value left to still call their own; the less fortunate are left to try to restructure and restore their personal, business and economic lives.

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From the HopPress: The Vermont Brewers Festival

The Vermont Brewers Festival

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, July 24th.

Last weekend was the 18th annual Vermont Brewer’s Festival (VBF) in Burlington, Vermont. I had not taken this event in for a couple of years, so I was really looking forward to visiting with some of the new breweries that were to be there this year and to see if they had made any changes in the event to improve upon the experience of the festival attendees from years past.

Organized by the 21-member breweries of the Vermont Brewers Association, the VBF is held every year on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington’s Waterfront Park. It is a truly beautiful setting to hold such an event and last Saturday’s hot and sunny weather made it seem that much better. The proximity of the lake and a steady,cooling breeze coming off of the water made the day seem pleasant, in spite of the fact that the temperature reached 90F that afternoon.

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From the HopPress: ACBF 2010 – My Final Thoughts

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, June 26th.

Thanks to the benevolence of the folks at Beer Advocate, I was fortunate to be able to attend all three sessions of this year’s American Craft Beer Fest held at the Seaport World Trade center in Boston. This is, in my opinion, a perfect setting for this event. This large conference center sits right on Boston’s waterfront with easy access to mass transit with plenty of hotels and restaurants nearby. The weather last weekend was also perfect; sunny and warm.

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From the HopPress: Craft Beer Quest on Vacation

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My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, May 22th.

My wife and I have been in Myrtle Beach for the last week. The place we have rented is very nice, right on the beach and the weather has mostly been perfect for relaxing in the sunshine. Its a much needed rest for the both of us after a very hectic fall, winter and spring. Being the beer lover that I am, one of my favorite things to do while traveling on vacation is to sample some of the regional beer offerings.

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From the HopPress: Montbeerlier, VT 05602

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My last week’s featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, May 15th.

This is a story of two successes at once, sort of like a piece of tasty candy with a yummy center. The first of these, the “tasty candy”, has to do with an event which occurred recently in my home town of Montpelier, VT. On May 1st of this year the Three Penny Taproom (TPT), located right on Main Street downtown, celebrated its first year anniversary in truly GRAND style… with Montpelier’s very first beer festival… a Montbeerlier Festival.


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From the Hop Press: Hill Farmstead – Brewer’s Talent, Family History

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My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, May 8th.

Even for Vermonters, Greensboro, VT is just a bit off of the beaten path. There are no Interstate highways, freeways or even what most people would consider major highways nearby. Get off of the larger paved roads that do exist and your GPS is quickly made useless by the network of unpaved roads that crisscross the farmland which dominates the countryside in this region.

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Beers to Your Health?

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, April 10th.

In today’s world of chronic information overload, it is often quite easy to find a study or report that supports a “pro” or “con” position on just about any topic. The relative healthiness of beer drinking is not immune to this infuriating phenomenon and there are many recent examples which proclaim that either beer is good for you or bad for you. I wasn’t able to find an example of those two positions appearing on the same Internet media page, but it would not surprise me one bit if that hasn’t occurred somewhere before. Today we will delve into some of these claims and try to make some sense of this topic in a look at beer from a health perspective.

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From the Hop Press: Destination Beer

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My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, March 27th.

I have talked before about the planning work being done for my May vacation this year. Work has been super busy for the last 9 months or so and I am really looking forward to the break; though it is still about 6 weeks away. As we discussed what might be on the travel itinerary this year, all sorts of thoughts spun through my head about where we might go for this vacation. It should probably come as no surprise that “beer” was, at least initially, part of the discussion.

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