While China and beer aren't exactly synonymous, it has been brewed domestically since the turn of the 20th century. According to a recent article by the Washington Post, China accounts for one quarter of the annual worldwide beer consumption. And while brands like Tsingtao and Snow (once described as "a forgettable pale lager that doesn’t... Continue Reading →
Over the past few years, many craft-beer enthusiasts have watched in horror as big beer conglomerates gobble up high-performing craft breweries. AB InBev, who owns brands such as Budwiser, Bud Light, Corona and Stella Artois, also owns ten (previously) craft breweries including Goose Island, Elysian and Wicked Weed. While, on the surface, it may seem that the slow and meticulous acquisition of high-performing craft beer brands is fairly innocuous and simply standard business practice, the results may be catastrophic to the craft beer industry.
You've likely seen, in recent years, reports of the growing craft beer movement in the US having a tremendous impact on local economies. Small brewers are creating hubs of activity spurring economic growth, but on the other side of the world, beer is literally building cities. Or, should I say rebuilding.