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 New Orleans Mash included Kirk Coco, CEO of New Orleans Lager and Ale Brewing Co., David Blossman, President of Abita Brewing Company, Mary Wiles, our very own Technical Director, and moderator Mark Burlet of the New Orleans Craft Beer Examiner. 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.
-Steve Hindy, President and co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery