Episode 60: Docking

In what might be our longest show ever, we have a blast! Hope you all can hang around as long as we did. Since it’s Friday, why not crack some beers and listen to us babble for a while? Mark is sick but not a debbie downer, thanks for being a trooper Mark! I better not get the plague from you though asshole.

In this show the boys discuss:

Best new breweries of 2014

This year, 13 states reached the century mark: more than 100 breweries each. It’s gotta be a daunting endeavor to open a brewery in that market, and yet, according to the Brewers Association, an average of 1.5 new breweries opens its doors every single day in this country. That’s a lot of beer. Some of it’s good, some of it’s great. We found eight new breweries that are out of this world.

2014 Trends and the best beers for them.

It’s the end of Beer VS Beer’s first calendar year and I feel like I need to wrap it up somehow. However, I’d prefer not to drop another Top X Beers of 2014 list into that already massive ocean. Instead, I want to tell you about some of the trends I’ve seen in craft beer this year and about the best beers that exemplify those trends.

2015 may be a big year for beer aka DUH!!

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.

Hey breweries, Google, Rate Beer, Untappd, and BA are your friend….

Columbia? Taken. Mississippi? Taken. Sacramento? El Niño? Marlin? Grizzly? Sorry, they’re all taken. Virtually every large city, notable landscape feature, creature and weather pattern of North America — as well as myriad other words, concepts and images — has been snapped up and trademarked as the name of either a brewery or a beer. For newcomers to the increasingly crowded industry of more than 3,000 breweries, finding names for beers, or even themselves, is increasingly hard to do without risking a legal fight.

Out of touch old man? Megalomaniac? Evil Genius? You decide.

How the craft-beer movement abandoned Jim Koch (and his beloved Sam Adams).

Of course we hit Buy/NoBuy, I’d Tap That and all the usual horseshit you have grown to loathe. Show us some Amazon.com love when you can!

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Mark Iafrate

I'm a passionate designer and driven entrepreneur with a love for fitness and an obsession with craft beer. Proud co-host of The Craft Beercast and founder of www.TheBeerExchange.io.

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