Beer Buzz – More Reactions To The Beavertown Heineken Deal, Western Michigan Breweries Rule!

The beer biz never sleeps at American Craft Beer. And here’s some more of what’s been happening in the beer world, while you were drinking yourself through a late-June weekend.

More Reactions To The Beavertown Heineken Deal (UK) – Last week’s announcement that London’s Beavertown had sold a minority stake in its brewery to Heineken sent shockwaves across the United Kingdom’s craft beer community and much of the feedback was negative at best.

But other members of the British craft beer community have been more positive about the deal and the UK Express has tapped into some of the industry’s more reflective voices…

James Law / Longflint DrinksAny new industry that sees rapid growth has to accept changes to allow it to continue to grow. Obviously all craft beer drinkers would love everything to be as small and as independent as possible but I would never criticize anyone who has as big a vision as Logan does, working out a plan that allows them to achieve their goals.”

Chris Bayliss / BrewBroker – “Beavertown make some fantastic beer and the more access consumers have to this, the better. The quality of beer is now better than ever and people want to have a greater choice, people are drinking less but want higher quality, artisanal approach, better ingredients and knowledge of provenance.”

 

Words To Drink By (London, England) “I’m driven by progression, achievement, quality, stimulus and creating experiences. These are the fundamental building blocks that make up Beavertown.” – Logan Plant / Beavertown Brewery

 

Two Western Michigan Breweries Named Best in the Nation (USA) – Zymurgy magazine, recently compiled a ranking of the 2018 “Best Beers in America,” and for the second year in a row Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale was ranked #1 out of beers from both craft brewers and major corporations.

But Zymurgy also compiled a list of the 2018 Best Breweries based on their overall beer scores  Bell’s named the best brewery in the nation, with Grand Rapids Michigan’s Founders Brewing coming in at #2. And here’s the Top-10…

Top 10 breweries

1.   Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Comstock)
2.   Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids)
3.   Russian River Brewing Co. (Santa Rosa, California)
4.   Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina)
5.   Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, California)
6.   Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Oregon)
7.   Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)
8.   Stone Brewing (Escondido, California)
9.   The Alchemist (Stowe, Vermont)
10. Three Floyds Brewing Company (Munster, Indiana)

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