Craft Beer Revolution Live presents our discussions with brewers across the country about the rise and risk of the craft beer industry. Each city will be posted here on our blog as well as our Soundcloud page. Taste with your ear buds.
My new book is titled THE CRAFT BEER REVOLUTION: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink. It is the story of how America came to have 2800 small breweries churning out flavorful ales and lagers in virtually every city the country. Those small breweries collectively have captured more than 10% of the $100 billion US beer market and gotten the attention of the international brewing companies that used to dominate the US market. I will be talking about this revolution with small brewers in 12 cities this year as part of The Brooklyn Brewery Mash, a celebration of food, film, comedy, music, books and beer in those cities. The Mash kicked off earlier this year in Nashville, Tennessee, where I talked with Linus Hall of Yazoo Brewery, Bailey Spaulding of Jacakope Brewing Co. and Kent Taylor at the Blackstone Brewery. Each entrepreneur shared stories of the challenge of starting a small business, and then speculated about the future of the craft beer revolution. There are more than 1500 breweries being planned now across the country. How many of those start-ups will succeed? Stay tuned.
The Craft Beer Revolution event in Nashville ended up being a tribute to Stephanie Ann Weins, Kent’s partner in the Blackstone Brewery who died of cancer on February 14. All proceeds from the event, attended by 100 beer advocates, went to a charity established in her name, Stephanie’s Fight. I auctioned off a draft copy of “THE CRAFT BEER REVOLUTION.” It was purchased for $175 by a young couple who are starting a brewery in Mississippi. I matched the purchase price with a donation, and all four of us brewery founders signed the copy. We also poured samples of our favorite beers for the attendees. It was a demonstration of the generosity that has come to exemplify craft brewers everywhere.
-Steve Hindy, President and co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery