Beervana Podcast, Episode 37: Is Craft Beer Doomed?
In the latest episode of the Beervana podcast, Jeff Alworth and Patrick Emerson try to answer the question, “Is craft beer doomed?”
It’s a discussion inspired by a recent New York Times editorial by Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co. Leaning on Emerson’s experience as a professor of economics, the two use Koch’s recent editorial as a jumping off point to discuss everything from competition and conglomerates to market forces and monopolies. What place do breweries small and large have in today’s industry, and should the government do more to ensure a competitive marketplace?
Answers to those questions and more–along with a tasting of several recent fruit-infused beers–can be found in the latest Beervana podcast.
Jeff Alworth is the author of the The Beer Bible and Cider Made Simple. You can find him blogging at Beervana. Patrick Emerson is a professor of economics at Oregon State University as well as a research fellow at the Center for Applied Microeconomic Research at the São Paulo School of Economics (C-Micro). You can also find him blogging at Beeronomics.
This episode of Beervana is brought to you in part by Guinness, makers of fine beer since 1759.
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