In the 30 years I have written about beer, I have more and more come to agree with the proposition put forward by the radical economist Ernst Friedrich Schumacher that “small is beautiful.” This is the title of his seminal work of 1973 and in it he argues the case that companies worship size for... View Article
Full Pints - History May 1, 2005 - Roger Protz
Full Pints - History March 1, 2005 - Randy Mosher
In 1980, a homebrew shop, if you could find one, was an unkempt corner of a wine-making shop or Italian hardware store, a few dusty cans of English malt extract crowned by wrinkly packets of dying yeast. On the shelf were boxes or bags optimistically marked “fresh hops,” displaying an autumnal brown glow. Bags of... View Article
Full Pints - History January 1, 2005 - Roger Protz
If you appreciate fine beer and you plan to tour Europe, then the Czech Republic will be high on your list of places to visit. You had better hurry, though, for the entire European brewing tradition is under threat at the hands of global brewers.
Full Pints - History November 1, 2004 - Greg Kitsock
Candidate Coors Handles a Hot Potato Peter Coors, who’s taken a leave of absence from the family beer business to run for the United States Senate in Colorado, has sought to rekindle a long-smoldering issue: the 21-year-old minimum drinking age. At a June 23 forum in Greenwood Village, Coors said, “We got along fine for... View Article
Full Pints - History September 1, 2004 - Roger Protz
There’s a joke going the rounds of the British brewing industry that runs like this: “What do you call Scottish & Newcastle Breweries now that it doesn’t have breweries in either Scotland or Newcastle? Answer: Ampersand Breweries, because that’s all that’s left.”
Full Pints - History July 1, 2004 - Greg Kitsock
Last year, the war in Iraq forced the cancellation of the annual National Beer Wholesalers/Brewers Joint Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. As this year’s gathering approaches, National Beer Wholesalers Association president David Rehr has plenty of forest fires to put out.
Full Pints - History - Learn Beer The Fire Never Died May 1, 2004 - Greg Kitsock
So many trends—from Starbucks coffee to grunge music to gourmet pizza with capers and duck sausage—started on the West Coast that it’s enough to give some East Coast residents an inferiority complex.
Full Pints - History May 1, 2004 - Roger Protz
Lambic, one of the world’s most fascinating beer styles, is under threat. At the end of January, lambic brewers were due to meet with the Belgian government in an attempt to protect their production methods from a small army of bureaucrats from the European Commission who, determined to eradicate unhygienic food processing, could destroy a... View Article