Today would have been Danny Williams’ 54th birthday today, having been born exactly two days before yours truly in 1959. Unfortunately, Danny lost a battle with cancer a little over two years ago, and passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 23, 2012. For over a decade, Danny worked for the Brewers Association as the beer competition manager for both the Great American Beer Festival and/or the World Beer Cup. Danny left behind two grown children and an 8-year old son, Fletcher. Join me in raising a birthday beer and giving a toast to the memory of Danny Williams tonight. Danny would have wanted it that way.
Today’s beer video was created by the Brewers Association and is entitled Craft Beer Tasting at Home and Beer Whispering Too! It’s a nice little “how to” for newbies on how to have a tasting in your home.
Today is also the 43rd birthday of Erin Fay Glass, Membership Coordinator and Brewery Detective at the Brewers Association. Erin is one of my favorite people in the BA, and the whole beer community for that matter. Join me in wishing her a very happy birthday.
The Brewers Association released preliminary numbers for how many operating breweries there were in the United States as of the end of last year. That number, the highest since America’s peak in the 1870s, was 2,722. That’s nearly 400 more than at the end of 2012. Those are broken down as follows.
- Regional breweries: 120
- Microbreweries: 1376
- Brewpubs: 1202
- Large breweries: 24
- Total: 2,722
From the press release:
98% of these breweries were small and independent craft breweries. It is interesting to note that 2013 marks the first year since 1987 that microbreweries outnumbered brewpubs in the country.
The total of 2,722 brewing facilities is the highest count since the US in around 140 years, more than when the country celebrated her centennial birthday. In 1876, the Register of United States Breweries lists 2,685 breweries. It is not however, the highest number of all-time, as the Register lists 3,286 in 1870.
In addition to the 2,722 brewing facilities, there were an additional 1,744 breweries in planning at the end of December, the highest year-end number in the BA database.
This year I decided to feature a new video about beer each day. Today’s beer video is from 1952 and was sponsored by the United States Brewers Foundation. The ten-minute film, As We Like It, is a fun little overview of beer’s history and its positive aspects.
Today is the 52nd birthday of Bob Pease. Bob is the Chief Operating Officer of the Brewers Association and has been integral to their growth. He’s been with the BA since 1993 and was made V.P. in 1999. A few years ago he was promoted to COO. Join me in wishing Bob a very happy birthday.
Today’s infographic is was released yesterday by the American Homebrewers Association, and is entitled Who is the American Homebrewer? The data used to answer that question came from their “first-ever survey of homebrewers nationwide, which [broke] down the demographics, brewing habits and shopping behaviors of American homebrewers.”
Today is the 49th birthday of Chris Swersey, who’s on the staff of the Brewers Association as the Competition Manager for both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. He coordinates all the judges, volunteers and the thousands of beers needed for each festival. It’s a big job and Chris seems to do it effortlessly. Join me in wishing Chris a very happy birthday.
CraftBeer.com, the consumer website for the Brewers Association released today the results of an online poll that took place in the last half of August. Here’s how they arrived at the 2013 Great American Beer Bar Selected by CraftBeer.com Readers. “CraftBeer.com asked readers to nominate their favorite craft beer bars in the country, and received over 5,000 nominations, a 117 percent increase from last year. The choices were then narrowed down to the 10 most nominated bars in each of the five regions of the country. Over 37,000 votes were cast in total, a 23 percent increase from last year, resulting in the top three overall and regional winners. Voting was conducted from August 19 until August 30.” I’ve never been to any of the top three, so I guess I’ve got some travel plans to make.
The overall winners were roughly on the eastern half of the country.
The Pacific (west coast) winners are as follows:
- The Bier Stein, Eugene, OR
- Toronado, San Francisco, CA
- Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse, Denali National Park, AK
Great to see the Toronado making the list.
Today’s infographic is an oldie, but goodie, from 1940, in fact, when the United Breweries Industrial Foundation ran this in the January 15, 1940 issue of Life Magazine.
Below are close-ups of the eleven answers proffered to the question “what is beer?”