Cask & Vine’s What’s On Tap: Matthew Mill & Chris Scofield of Barreled Souls Brewing!
Bert’s Better Beers’ Draft Pick of the Week:
1. Barreled Souls Double IPA
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Kettle to Keg’s In the Kettle: Note Taking!
2015 may be big year for beer
The past year was the most dynamic in the history of American craft brewing.
The combination of entrepreneurial spirit, creative energy and consumer thirst means this will be another explosive year for American beer makers.
Here’s a six-pack of predictions for the beer scene in Boston and around the country in the year ahead.
1. There will be a backlash against craft brewery taprooms — Twenty years ago, small breweries made beer that they distributed to pubs and restaurants. They sometimes offered small samples of their beers to visitors, usually for free.
Then there were brewpubs — fully functioning restaurants that sold food made in their kitchens and served full-sized, full-priced beers brewed on-site. There was a clear line between breweries and brewery/restaurants.
These days, as beer laws have loosened, you’re more likely to see a hybrid of the two: the craft brewery taproom.
Beer is made for distribution to pubs and restaurants, but also sold on-site at barroom prices. Taprooms may offer some sort of snack, but they don’t have kitchens.
Taprooms offer beer makers the best of all worlds. But here’s the catch: Those packed taprooms are taking business away from local pubs and restaurants — the same establishments that brewers need to expand their critical off-premise business.
Expect the restaurant industry in New England to make noise about this issue in 2015.
2. Expansive canned beer programs will hit local restaurants READ MORE
Farmhouse Beer: Turning Scraps Into Brews
This is the bucolic scene in Pieter Bruegel’s “The Harvesters,” painted in Antwerp in 1565. Or, more accurately, a post card of it from the Met, sent to me by my dad. I’d recognize his crisp, architect’s handwriting anywhere. On the back he asked, simply, “beer?” READ MORE
New Hampshire’s Libertarian Beer Renaissance
What could thousands of libertarians do if they moved, en masse, to one tiny state and tried their hardest to reduce taxes, regulation, and general government meddling in people’s lives? That’s the question that one group of die-hard liberty-lovers has been trying to answer for more than a decade.
Founded in 2001, the movement, known as the Free State Project, has persuaded nearly 17,000 people, from across the US and other countries, to sign a pledge promising to move to New Hampshire once the number of signers reaches 20,000. So far, 1,674 “early movers” have already relocated to the state.
As you might expect from libertarians, the Free State migrants don’t have a single strategy when it comes to turning New Hampshire into an Ayn Randian paradise. Some Free Staters have been trying to change the state from within the system—between 15 and 20 members of the 400-seat New Hampshire House of Representatives are now associated with the Free State Project. Others are trying to build their own utopian institutions, starting businesses and schools aimed at putting as much distance as possible between themselves and Big Government. READ MORE