Yikes, 2018 already…and clearly the craft beer biz isn’t slowing down any time soon. But no worries, Rumor Mill is always on the case, keeping you plugged in into all the beer news and lifestyle that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you don’t want to miss that.
Is A Craft Beer Bubble Brewing In Boston? (Massachusetts) – With more than 600 breweries now online in the US, many craft beer predictions for 2018 are talking ‘bubble,’ including Boston Magazine who are wondering if that craft bubble is getting ready to burst in their city.
Boston’s a craft beer drinking city, but for every Trillium (which is currently riding a huge wave of success) there are new breweries still looking for traction and craft beer pioneers looking to reclaim some of their previous mojo.
Mid-sized regional brewers like Harpoon which have seen their sales slow over the last few years and majors like the granddaddy of independent breweries, the Boston Beer Company continue to see their beer sales wane and their stock price decline for two straight years.
In 2012 there weren’t even 50 craft breweries in the state of Massachusetts and now according to our friends at the Mass Brew Bros, that number is currently closer to 150. And 32 of those just opened in 2017.
Words To Drink By (London, UK) – “Everyone’s trying to ride this wave…. The market can only support so many products.” Boston University’s Don Smith on possible craft beer bubble
Carlsberg’s Sustainable Brewing (Copenhagen, Denmark) – Global brewing giant, Carlsberg5 has announced aggressive new sustainability strategies to achieve zero CO2 emissions, water waste and accidents by 2030.
Carlsberg’s Director of Sustainability Simon Hoffmeyer Boas seesworking with other committed companies and governments as key to achieving Carlsberg’s targets to cut its carbon footprint, water waste, irresponsible drinking and workplace accidents all to ZERO by 2030.
Carlsberg’s brewery in Falkenberg Sweden is now 100% powered by biogas and green electricity and is first big brewery in that country with zero carbon emissions from its energy consumption.
What We’ve Been Drinking Lately (San Leandro, CA) – We recently tapped a new year-round offering from Lagunitas that’s almost a low alcohol departure for them. Lagunitas Something Easy is exactly that, a relatively low-octane 5.7% ABV ale with a velvet mouthfeel and a fruity finish.