If there were ever a time for farm brewery legislation, now would be the time.

The local food and drink movement was built post-Great Recession and is experiencing its first major blow since its advancement. One industry that is especially struggling right now is the craft beer industry. Once stay-at-home orders were put in place, restaurants, taprooms, and brewpubs across the country were forced to close their doors for the …

Food brings people together… unless we are debating the role of localness

Many consumers are seeing empty shelves for the first time in their lives, leading to general frustration and a hefty amount of panic buying. But no, we are not running out of food; we are, however, having trouble getting it where it needs to be. And although our food and drink supply chain is rather …

Picking up homebrewing: Bottling day

Two weeks have passed since brew day, and we are ready to transfer the beer from the fermentor to the bottles. Bottling day is a more hands-on task that can be a bit messy the first few times. The process involves tons of equipment cleaning and sanitation. (This is part two of three in the …

CARES Act & SBA Loan Program: What it Means for Craft Breweries?

The passing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020 provided support for local businesses through Title 1: “Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed.” The Brewers Association held a webinar summarizing the legislation and provided guidance to brewers on how to navigate through these turbulent times. (The webinar recording …

Picking up homebrewing: Brew day

If you’re looking to pick up a new hobby while stuck social distancing yourself… consider homebrewing. I’m on my third batch now, and although I have been studying the beer industry intently over the past few years, I must say: it gave me a whole new appreciation for the industry. The initial start-up costs pushed …

Maintaining productivity from home

With outbreak spreading and universities closing their doors, students are forced to learn how to be productive from home. This can be a major challenge for those not accustomed to this work setting, surrounded by distractions capable of destroying productivity. Here are some things I try to stick to when working from home. As background, …

Michelob Ultra’s “6 for 6-pack” changes 0.00% of farmland to organic.

If you were watching the Super Bowl last night, you may have saw the Michelob Ultra “6 for 6-pack” commercial stating the following: “America, less than 1% of our farmland is organic, and farmers that want to transition face monumental challenges. What if we could help them? Simply, by having a beer… pick up a …

Audacity of Hops by Tom Acitelli: How Big Beer Combats Craft Beer

My primary goal of 2020 is to read for fun more often, and I can say I am off to a hot start. The first book I tackled was Audacity of Hops by Tom Acitelli (technically a re-read). For those that know me, this book directly coincides with my research interests. But this book does …

What would it take to change your mind?

It’s a pretty simple question, but powerful nonetheless. In a world of information, we choose which is worthy of our attention and which is not. With this, we easily become subject to confirmation bias — the idea that when we gather new information, we interpret it in a way to support what we think we …

From the farm to the pint glass: How Michigan hops are produced

Earlier this month, some Michigan State University Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics graduate students and faculty attended (and participated in) Dog Star Hops’ harvest. Hops are such an interesting specialty crop, with one of the most labor-intensive growing processes and unique harvests. Traditionally, the Pacific Northwest (PNW) states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon have grown …