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Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Wins Inaugural Startup Brewery Challenge

August 14, 2013 at 12:59 PM

In front of a packed house, with beer professionals as the judges, four craft breweries made their pitch. At stake — the chance to create a collaboration brew with Widmer Brothers Brewing. This first installment in Brewbound’s ‘Startup Brewery Challenge’ featured four Oregon-based craft beer companies. It was held during last month’s Brew Talks Portland meetup at Widmer Brothers Brewing. The four breweries – Mazama Brewing, Solera Brewery, Sasquatch Brewing Company and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales – each offered four unique business plans and beer styles. Developed in partnership with Craft Brew Alliance (CBA), the contest […]

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Brew Talks Portland: Exploring Beervana

August 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM

When Brew Talks moved south from Seattle to Portland to wrap up the tour, many pounds heavier but much better educated, we continued to explore the contrast between the way the two hubs of Northwest brewing think about the meaning of the business for their civic identities. While Seattle brewers complained that the approach to craft was too buttoned-down, Oregon has its own state-selected craft beer-supporting microorganism, yeast. Even more demonstratively, the Mayor of Portland – whose name, ironically enough, is Samuel Adams – last year declared May 16 as Gluten-Free Beer Day. It was […]

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Brew Talks Seattle: A City Indifferent Toward Craft Beer

August 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

When Brew Talks finished the long trip from Los Angeles up to the Pacific Northwest stops, in Seattle and Portland, we found two established craft beer cultures, albeit cultures with very different takes on the role craft should play as a civic institution. In Seattle, which is the subject of today’s Brew Talks video (above), it became apparent that, despite the maturity of the craft industry, it has yet to become an outwardly-directed calling card for the city. “I would define Seattle as a city indifferent towards craft beer,” said Joel Vandenbrink, the founder of […]

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Brew Talks Los Angeles Examines Local Craft Market

August 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM

When Brew Talks hit Los Angeles, the tone shifted from the talk held in San Diego the day before. Instead of a crowded market, the vision of branding under discussion at Golden Road Brewing (video for which can be seen above) focused on the apparent lack of a go-to craft beer brand in California’s largest metropolitan city. “There is a lack of center here in L.A.,” said Anne Conness, a partner with the craft-savvy Simmzy’s and Tin Roof Bistro restaurant chains. Jeff Sapsford, the general manager of Sunset Beer Company — a hybrid on-premise and […]

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Video: San Diego Brew Talks Explores Craft Branding

August 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM

As part of a weeklong tour of the West Coast, Brewbound visited four cities – San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland, Ore. – to host our traveling business networking series, Brew Talks. At each stop, we moderated panel discussions with various craft beer industry professionals sought to better understand the respective local market. As you can see in the video above, the San Diego Brew Talks meetup was held at The Lost Abbey and featured brewery co-founder Tomme Arthur, Stone Distributing’s director of Southern California sales, Chad Heath, and Tom Nickel, the owner of […]

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