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Beer Book Review: The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's
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The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink by Steve Hindy

A thoroughly enjoyable read by Steve Hindy (co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery). Hindy takes a no-holds-barred approach to retelling the past 5 decades of the American beer industry. For example, while he praises Jim Koch's accomplishments running Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams), he also outlines the conniving, ruthless businessman that Koch is. Koch not only inflamed Anheuser Busch (AB/InBev) and Heineken by criticizing their products, but he also pissed off many craft brewers. Koch liked to play fast and loose with the rules of the Great American Beer Festival, taking a policy of “ask forgiveness, not permission”. Due to this approach, Boston Lager was named top beer 4 out of 5 years in the 1980's (mainly due to ballot stuffing as Koch spent large amounts of cash to give tickets to distributors and others who would vote for his product). **NOTE: at that time the GABF tastings were not done in a blind fashion. Koch's shenanigans led to a change to blind taste tests due to uproar from the other craft brewers.

Hindy also deals forthrightly with the issues of contract brewing versus in-house brewing operations (he also freely admits that not only Sam Adams, but even his Brooklyn Brewery have succeeded primarily as contract brewing operations). Hindy details how the Brewers Association has evolved over the years, as it moved from being an organization of dying regional breweries (such as Yuengling and F.X. Matt, to a vibrant group of upstart craft and contract breweries). The book further recalls the ousters of regional breweries (such as August Schell due to their use of adjuncts) and craft breweries (such as Widmer and Redhook due to distribution deal with AB/InBev). These ousters from the Craft Beer circle were done for political reasons. At the same time Sam Adams long ago blew through the ceiling of beer quantity produced, but the rules were changed to keep Boston Beer Company in the “Craft Fraternity”. In another political decision, Boston Beer Company’s other beverages ,Twisted Tea and Angry Orchard Cider, are not counted in their total barrels under Brewer's Association guidelines.

Hindy recounts the first meeting between members of the Brewer's Association with August Busch IV in 2007 (the first time a Busch ever sat down with craft brew companies). Hindy presided over the meeting and had a cordial interchange with Busch. Busch then responded that he had carefully followed the development of the craft movement and spoke positively of their impact on the industry. One of those in attendance was the ever-present Jim Koch. Before the meeting Koch told Hindy that he wished to directly confront Busch about a negative campaign which AB had run against Sam Adams in the 1990's. Hindy warned him to leave it alone. Koch, being the arrogant megalomaniac that he apparently is, ignored the warning and launched a tirade against Busch when the floor was opened to questions. The young Busch calmly responded to Koch by saying “Jim, that was my father's time. I had nothing to do with that.”

In 2008 the Brewer's Association was given a seat (for the first time) on the board of the Beer Institute (BI). Hindy was chosen as the representative for the BA. He thus sat at the table with the heads of Miller, AB, MolsonCoors, Heineken and Modelo. In the months following that meeting tremendous changes happened within the industry as InBev purchased AB and MillerCoors was formed.

Hindy points out an often overlooked fact about US beer distributors since 1970. Specifically, as the number of breweries has exploded in the past 40 years, the number of distributors shrank from 5,180 to around 1,000 in 2013. This could bode ill for smaller breweries in the future. According to Hindy the new, foreign ownership of AB/InBev and SAB Miller are accustomed to operating in a global market that lacks the 3-tier distribution system of the US. Therefore, they may bring much more pressure on distributors to exclude smaller breweries than the old Busch and Miller owners ever did.

A chapter of the book is also devoted to the importance of the Internet in the growth of craft beer. Hindy pays particular attention to the largest beer review site (the East Coast based Beer Advocate). He provides details of how the site was founded and how rapidly it has grown (2.5 million unique users per month in 2013). He also provides some background on the West Coast based RateBeer (which had more than 1 million unique monthly users last year). Sites such as these and other social media helped to expand the markets of craft beers which cannot afford the large advertising budgets of BMC.

As to the future, Hindy sees the Macro brewers continuing a combination strategy of purchasing craft breweries (such as AB/InBev’s purchase of Goose Island) as well as expanding their own craft-like lines such as Blue Moon and Shock Top. From the craft side, Hindy sees two camps – one is the revolutionaries – led by Jim Koch who want a take-no-prisoners strategy towards BMC. The other group (which Hindy considers himself a part of) has a live and let live attitude towards BMC with the goal being the overall health of the beer industry.

If you enjoy reading books about the beer industry, I highly recommend this volume. Hindy writes in a clear, concise style and seems to fairly lay out the facts for all players in the industry.

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This sounds like a fascinating book to read! Yes, I long suspected that Koch was a shady character.
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yes sounds good. I miss good beer books.
Michael Jackson's books was my favorite!
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eManu wrote ...

yes sounds good. I miss good beer books.
Michael Jackson's books was my favorite!


Mr. Jackson was one of a kind for sure.

For current writers, you might enjoy British beer author/blogger Pete Brown. I have reviewed his books in previous posts on TBIM.
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