This Is What I’m Saying!!

I recently said this!

Now, here’s the impact the brewing industry has on our state.

And now here’s the whole “Innovation Hub” idea.

Why can’t we, Western North Carolina, be the next “hub”?  This is my new project.

This and the Asheville Beer Price Index.


Craft beer in North Carolina is $791 million market


Meadows: NC Innovation Hub May Hurt WNC

AVL is already the de facto brewing hub of the state.  Why can’t we have an official brewing area like Raleigh has its innovation area?  Start playing ball Meadows!

Meadows: NC Innovation Hub May Hurt WNC.

Not So Fast…

This story is all over the place today because it sounds so awesome.  But, as happens so often today, most people seem not to have read the story.

A woman lost her two dogs and offered an award of a case of beer and pack of cigarettes as a reward.  After finding one of her dogs at a shelter she got a tip from someone at a local sub shop because of the award flier.

HOWEVER, the folks who had the dog intended to keep it, and only when confronted did they give the dog back.  No one received the award of a case of beer.


Offering Beer & Cigarettes As Unusual Reward For Lost Dog Brings Woman’s Pet Home

Craft Beer Is Racist

Michael Ferguson, of the BJ's Restaurants group, is one of only a small handful of African-Americans who make beer for a living.Not really.  Sensationalist title to get your attention, or is it!  Read these statistics…

“Whites are 65.6% of all beer drinkers and are two to five times as likely to pick up a craft beer as folks from any other race or ethnicity…African-American beer drinkers are 75% less likely to reach for a craft beer than the average drinker…Hispanic beer drinkers, who make up 14% of the overall population but 16.2% of all beer drinkers, are 17% more likely to go for a flavored malt beverage but 62% more inclined to go with an import…Women, meanwhile, are about 10% more likely than the average drinker to pick a flavored malt beverage and about 60% more likely to go that route than to pick a craft beer.”

Don’t get too upset though, there are some women who feel how we do.  But it is still pretty upsetting, the lack of diversity in the industry.  This NPR piece has some good info but nobody has ideas on how to be more inclusive.

“Craft brewing is rooted in home-brewing…And if you look at home-brewing, you see nerdy white guys playing Dungeons and Dragons and living in their mom’s basement, and I know this because I was and am one of them.”

I know this is only US info but its still overwhelmingly, uh, monochromatic…anybody got 2 cents to add?

Craft Beer Needs to Get Out More

Shameful. Just Shameful.

Empties: Mr Moreau and the driver left behind a collection of empty beer cans after dousing the blaze

“Captain Craig Moreau was off-duty returning from a weekend trip to Austin when he saw the burning 18-wheel truck on the side of a highway Monday and sprang into action to put out the blaze.

The driver told him the truck was hauling a load of beer. The pair soon started shaking and spraying cans of Rocky Mountain refreshment at the flames even as one of the tires exploded.


The beer finally helped quell the fire, the truck was saved.”

I’m happy the truck didn’t burn.  And I’m happy it was Coors and not Busch or any good craft beer.  But still, at least drink the beer and pee on the fire.

Texas firefighter uses beer to extinguish truck tire blaze

Oh God No!

This has been coming for some time now but that doesn’t make it any easier to handle, there’s a hop shortage.  Especially the aroma hops, which are mine and everybody else’s favorite.

“The United States produces the second most hops in the world, after Germany, according to data from Hop Growers of America. Washington state grows about 79 percent of U.S. hops, according to the USDA.

Washington farmers used to primarily grow alpha hops, which act as the bittering agent in beer, said Ann George, administrator for Hop Growers of America. At one point that made up about 70 percent of the state’s production.

But craft breweries demand aroma hops. This year, the amount of aroma and alpha hops were about even in Washington. George expects to see that grow to about 60 percent aroma hops in the next year.”

Some brewers of craft beers face hops shortage


It seems like another best of list has neglected the AVL beer scene.  But no fear, we can still write in our favorites that aren’t in the list provided.

It is a little disconcerting though, that the list requires there to be “wide draft distribution” of beers on the list but still has Hill Farmstead and Mikkeller and Three Floyds on there.  Not sure wide distribution would apply to anything they do.  Maybe that’s how they explain away giving WNC the cold shoulder.  Vote at the link below…

Best Craft Beer of 2013 Poll –

America’s 100 Best Beer Bars 2014

Please do not get mad at me, this list is from Draft magazine.

I will not call out any particular choices but I have been to several of these bars in the west midwest and northeast and found them lacking in service and knowledge (and I don’t know why I should care about their hip grouping of beers based on flavors or middle names or whatever).  I’m appalled there is not a single AVL beer bar on this list.  Apparently we Ashevillains need to travel a couple hours for a good beer bar.

America’s 100 Best Beer Bars 2014 » Beer Travel | DRAFT Magazine.

How Does Your Alcohol Vote?

This is such an interesting infographic.  I disagree with most of it, but its still pretty cool.

From the link, “beer drinkers are far less likely to show up to the polls than wine drinkers…Those who drink brown liquors tend to vote Republican, but the type of whiskey one prefers says something about how likely one is to vote. Someone who enjoys a nice single-malt scotch is more likely to cast a ballot than someone who prefers Canadian whiskey, and Bourbon drinkers turn out with the least frequency.”

I have a wonderful idea, alcohol sponsored polling stations.  Based upon your vote you get a certain type of drink.  I wonder if it would affect the way we vote…whaddaya think?