Ray Walker brought up an interesting twist on the evolution of craft beer and preferences in the UK and USA. An English colleague of mine back in the 90's used to tell me stories of drinking scrumpy, hard cider, and how intoxicating it was. In the USA too there is a demand for the hard ciders and such, which originated in the UK. Nowadays many of those craft brewers are beyond being called microbreweries and have found a steadily growing niche for their products, at the expense of the big 3 brewers (Anheuser-Busch, Miller-Coors, and Pabst. This is how a list of the top 50 brewers in the USA looks now. Note the abundance of craft brewers, virtually non existent 20 years ago.
Top 50 Breweries by Volume
1. Anheuser-Busch Inc. St. Louis MO (Budweiser)
2. MillerCoors Chicago IL
3. Pabst Brewing Co. Woodbridge IL
4. D. G. Yuengling and Son Pottsville PA (America's Oldest Brewery -1828)
5. Boston Beer Co. Boston MA (Sam Adams)
6. North American Breweries Rochester NY
7. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico CA (Classic american pale ale and a pioneer - 1980)
8. New Belgium Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
9. Craft Brewers Alliance Portland OR
10. The Gambrinus Company San Antonio TX11. Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
12. Matt Brewing Co. Utica NY (Saranac, and contract brewing for craft brewers)
13. Bell's Brewery, Inc. Galesburg MI
14. Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI
15. Harpoon Brewery Boston MA (a pioneer craft brewery - 1986)
16. Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma CA
17. Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City MO
18. Stone Brewing Co. Escondido CA
19. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
20. Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY (pioneer -1987)
21. Alaskan Brewing Juneau AK
22. Long Trail Brewing Co. Burlington VT
23. August Schell Brewing New Ulm MN
24. Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland ME
25. Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs LA
26. World Brews/Winery Exchange Novato CA
27. Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland OH
28. New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus WI
29. Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River OR
30. Pittsburgh Brewing Co. Pittsburgh PA (Iron City)
31. Summit Brewing Co. St. Paul MN
32. Anchor Brewing Co. San Francisco CA (The saved by Fritz Maytag in 1965 and the first craft brewer in USA)
33. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA
34. Cold Spring Brewing Co. Cold Spring MN
35. Sweetwater Brewing Co. Atlanta GA
36. Rogue Ales Brewery Newport OR
37. Mendocino Brewing Ukiah CA
38. Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
39. Victory Brewing Co. Downingtown PA
40. CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants Chattanooga/Louisville TN/CO
41. Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont CO
42. Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
43. Stevens Point Brewery Stevens Point WI
44. Ninkasi Brewing Co. Eugene OR
45. BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Huntington Beach CA
46. Blue Point Brewing Co. Patchogue NY
47. Bear Republic Brewing Cloverdale CA
48. Goose Island Brewing Chicago IL
49. Lost Coast Brewery Eureka CA
50. Narragansett Brewing Providence RI
In the early 1990's my business partner, Jon, and I put together a business plan for a microbrewery. We shopped it around and one of the people we sent it to also was later involved with the start up of a microbrewery in Providence RI. I think he got some ideas from us . . . Anyway we aproached Fleet Bank and they were interested, I got scared ( I can't speak for Jon) and lost interest. I look back on it and wish I had followed through wtih it - it would have worked - we were ahead of the pack.
Around the same time I began writing a YA book about the BWCA. I finally finished it in 2010 and then created this blog. Time to get back to the microbrewery now . . .
A documentary is being filmed on Sigurd Olson's life. He is the father of the Boundary Water's Canoe area. It is through his efforts that this area was preserved for prosterity. The movie's title is derived from the first of Mr. Olson's books published. "The Singing Wilderness"was released in April 1956 and a month later made the New York Times best seller list, The success of this collection of essays put Mr. Olson on the same map as Thoreau, Leopold, Burroughs and other noted conservationists. Its succcess gave him the clout he needed to help preserve the boundary waters. More info on this project can be found at:
The Voyageurs a North Woods Canoe Adventre is now available in South Africa from Want it All at:
Jean Gore Read your book last night. Really enjoyed it. Is there a sequel in the works? Reminded me of when I worked at a camp for handicapped children outside of Roanoak Va up in the mountains. I learned to "canoe" on a beautiful mountain lake.
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Recently got some positive feedback on my YA novel The Voyageurs (A North Woods Canoe Adventure) from Professor Owl's Book Corner. Thanks Sylvia. I'm glad you enjoyed the read and helped me find my way out of the forest. You can read the review at http://www.professorowlsbookcorner2.wordpress.com/.
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The Voyageurs (A North Woods Canoe Adventure) is now available on Amazon in paperback for $8.95 - a bargain!
A coming of age story about a boy's canoe trip to the North Woods with his uncle and their French Canadian guide. Part educational, part history part mystery, part fantasy . . .
Ben, a 13 year old boy, is invited to accompany his Uncle Jake and their French-Canadian guide on their annual canoe-camping-fishing trip into the North Woods. They fly to Duluth, Minnesota where they are met by their voyageur-like guide, Mick. Mick then drives them to the fringes of civilization so they can launch their canoes into the wilderness.
This trip is an awakening for Ben. He overcomes his lack of self confidence while learning outdoor lore, the history of the North Woods (the Minnesota/Ontario Boundary Waters Canoe Area), the voyageur culture, and solving a longstanding family mystery. Part educational, part history part mystery, part fantasy . . .
Available now on Lulu.com in electronic and trade paperback editions and coming to Amazon . ISBN 978-0-557-31174-3