Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

The Session #43 – Wrap Up

Wow, this was a fun experience. I was delighted at the number of bloggers that took me up on my challenge, and even those who were completely new to the session decided to join in the fun. Thank you very much to everyone that contributed!

Personally, I hope to coninue participating in the session – both reading and writing – since the quality of posts was excellent. I hope that new brewers read some of the posts below and take some of it to heart – we’re all exicited for the future of the craft beer landscape. (P.S. Some of the bloggers below were not familiar to me before this exercise – and I have to say I look forward to reading more from all of them! Very creative names, too.)

David G. of DeeGee’s B&B writes about Grant’s Scottish Ale – which broke through the same-old beer landscape and paved the way for many other delicious brews. [Post: “Grant’s – The First of Its Kind“]

Michael Stein of Beer Made Clear writes of DC Brau, a newcomer to the Washinton, DC beer scene, and one step closer to making DC a beer town. [post]

Greg at the Pour Curator found a slightly new topic to discuss when his originaly atttempt to contact a brewery failed – but provided us with a clear explanation and acceptance of tthe daily struggles that breweries (new and old) face financially. [post]

Erik at Top Fermented took a different take, musing about the beer industry from the perspective of an-almost-there brewer. Erik’s dreams to open a brewery included the direct financial support of over 200 people in the beer community, and despite a brimming NC beer scene, has been welcomed with open arms. [post]

Alessio at Hoppy-Hour, an Italian beer blog, took the time to write a post in English (Thanks!) to talk about a new bold brewery from Switzerland – Bad Attitude Craft Beer – that’s invading Italy with canned craft beer (still a revolutionary idea to many!). [post]

The Beer Nut from Ireland marks our second international contribution – and his comments about not judging a book by its cover ring very true to me. The newest breweries near me are not shiny places to visit, but rather functional working places where beer is made. Here The Beer Nut talks about a chance to visit one new brewery and try a lime & coriander wit beer (sounds delicious!). [post]

Mike at Burgers and Brews reminds us of the simple fact that local is not always better, but brewing good beer is truly the way to succeed – hype or not. [post]

Thomas of the Geistbear Brewing Blog reminds new breweries of a few simple tips, including how to manage the ridiculous quantity of information on the internet, and how to engage online with social media. [post]

Derrick at Ramblings of a Beer Runner posted the question – How long will the welcoming craft beer industry stay welcoming? At the heart of business and business, and Derrick explores what might make brewers have a little bit more reserved welcoming to newcomers in the future. [post]

Jay at A Beer In The Hand Is Worth Two in The Fridge (great name, btw!) pulls out four guidelines for new brewers – brewing good beer, educating staff, keeping regular customers and paying attention to service. [post]

Rich, on “Travels with Cap’n” visited Hangar 24, a new brewery in his neighborhood. [post]

Beer Pancakes‘ post describes a visit and discussion with brewer Mike Smith of Gamble Mill Brewery, including a few tasting notes and a glimpse of the new brewer’s ambitions. [post]

Joe at Thirsty Pilgrim describes an interaction with a new local nanobrewer and thinks about what else a brewer needs besides good beer. [post]

David at the Denver Beer Review found a new brewery in his turf that never hit his radar before he went looking for it, and wonders why. [post]

Toper at Reluctant Scooper (another across the pond contribution – yay!) found a brewery (Raw Brewing) in his backyard making drinkable brews that have something familiar – fitting in as if they’d always been there. [post]

Ashley, The Beer Wench brings us a story of Kern River Brewing Co., a young brewery producing fabulous brews. Despite their size and somewhat limited distribution, they left a huge impression on The Wench. Check them, and the post out here. [post]

Steve K. (a fellow Hop Press writer) brings us a glimpse into two small Vermont breweries, and their very different starting points. The Trapp Family brewery and Hill Farmstead are featured. [post]

Jon at The Brew Site tells us briefly about Oregon’s Boneyard Beer and their recent rise to popularity. [post]

The Beer Search Party offered up three simple rules for new breweries to keep in mind – including parking! [post]

Alan at A Good Beer Blog shares his reality check for brewers – either new or old – that a community is not the key to success. [post]

And, finally, Jay from the Brookston Beer Bulletin gives us a historical context for the almost unbelievable craft brewery growth numbers. [post]

Thanks again all – I hope to see you back in the virtual writing world next month!
-The Beer Babe


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