Craft beer purists took a pounding this week. First, news broke on Tuesday of Heineken, the world's second largest brewer, buying 50% of Lagunitas Brewing Company, America's fifth largest craft brewer. We took a poll that closed early this morning, asking whether the news would affect our readers' drinking habits, and the results were quite revealing. Another interesting tidbit we uncovered - ironically on #tbt - ah, a tweet from 2 years ago on the account of one Tony Magee, the outspoken and antiestablishmentarian founder and owner of Lagunitas.
Somewhere in the melee, UK brewer, BrewDog co-founder and reality TV star, James Watt, made a statement saying that BrewDog would no longer stock or sell Lagunitas beer at any of its brewpubs. Then, yesterday came the news that San Diego craft brewery, Saint Archer, is selling a controlling share to MillerCoors. What's a craft loyalist to do?
Selling ones brewery is selling all of ones best friend's careers, their hearts, the portion of their lives they spent working for you.— LagunitasT (@lagunitasT) January 31, 2013
Today and tomorrow, something big is happening in Sacramento. Being touted as California's version of Great American Beer Fest, craft brewers and drinkers from all over California will participate in the first ever California Craft Beer Summit. Atendees will have the opportunity to learn about brewing, taste over 400 CA beers (including a special sour beer tasting with sour experts), meet the leading women in the Cali beer movement and learn about all the issues threatening and effecting the CA craft beer industry.
You can check out the summit's website or watch this video to learn more.
If you drive like a Brew Stud, you can make it from Cincinnati to Indianapolis is just over an hour. None of us will have to do that this weekend, but we will have representation present at both the Sun King CANvitational and the Cincy Beerfest on Fountain Square. Both of these events expect to draw huge crowds, the CANvitational being the largest Midwest canned craft beer festival and Cincinnati just having a shit ton of craft beer fans. If you happen to be going to either of these, give us a shout on Twitter (@BrewStuds) and maybe one of us will see you around.