We called it on the brew pubs
- All sorts of local news this week, including a big congrats to Mispillion River Brewing for taking home the Bronze for its chocolate porter at GABF. (More on that in next week's SOTB blog.
- Also, several new brewpubs from all friends (including MRB and Chesapeake Brewing).
- The consolidation in bigger beer continues, but we may be having two different arguments. One of the really interesting takeaways is that ABInBev is looking to get a better foothold in Africa. It's kind of like beer colonialism.
- Dogfish Head's new backers are likely symptomatic of a non-beer problem. We all know how interesting economics is, so I'll try and keep it brief: In a world where there aren't many great returns on investments, craft beer is still a relatively safe choice. This has more to do with low interest rates than with the beer industry.