NC brewer offers something better than beer – water before the hurricane

2018-09-13T08:54:41+00:00September 13th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Courtney Llewellyn
DURHAM, NC – On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Hurricane Florence sat lurking off the Atlantic coast. Carolinians, both North and South, were weighing their options. Should they evacuate? Should they stay and try to weather the storm? More importantly, how could they stay, with food staples and precious water already cleared from store shelves? (more…)

Cidermaker-turned-consultant helps startup and growing cideries in changing market

2018-08-20T08:25:50+00:00August 20th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Catie Joyce-Bulay
What Nick Gunn of Benchgraft Cider Consulting loves even more than making cider is helping others make it. “I like teaching and I like to consult,” said Gunn, who has over 14 years of cider making and orcharding experience. “I enjoy the startup phase of businesses and I get to help grow the industry.” (more…)

Avoid these five perils to ensure a great customer experience program

2018-08-20T08:23:26+00:00August 20th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Chad Storlie, Adjunct Professor of Marketing, Creighton University
What is customer experience? Customer experience has exploded over the past several years as a concept in Google searches as well as business literature. Broadly, Customer experience (CX) is the totality of interactions (good + bad + indifferent) that a customer has with a business’s products, services and supporting functions.  (more…)

Baird Brewing’s Harajuku Taproom a Pacific partnership

2018-08-20T08:22:19+00:00August 20th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Courtney Llewellyn
CULVER CITY, CA – Adam Guttentag and Bryan Baird met in the 1980s while playing rugby and attending Williams College in Western Massachusetts together. Guttentag traveled to Japan right after college to teach English for a year … which turned into five years. Baird studied in Japan and fully intended on moving there after finishing his graduate studies. (more…)

Calusa Brewing Company: A California dream becomes a Florida reality

2018-08-20T08:15:05+00:00August 20th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Paul Burdziakowski
When Longboat Key, FL, natives Vic Falck and Geordie Rauch went to California in the summer of 2010 their main focus was on completing their service in the Navy following their recent enlistment. When they returned to Florida five years later they did so with a newfound friend who had a talent for brewing beer and the dream of starting their own craft brewery. (more…)

Planning for your winery

2018-08-20T08:10:22+00:00August 20th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Tamara Scully
New York State has 10 federally-recognized American Viticulture Areas (AVAs), including the most recent Upper Hudson designation. These designated areas indicate that wineries in the region are crafting a unique product, based on the distinctive characteristics of the geographic region, and are distinguishable from wines created from grapes from other areas. Wines with 85 percent of their grapes sourced from the AVA and fully produced in the region can carry the region’s label. (more…)

Walla Walla’s first hops farm plans to grow the region’s market

2018-08-20T08:09:03+00:00August 20th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Catie Joyce-Bulay
The Walla Walla Valley’s agriculture is comprised mainly of wheat and wine grapes, both of which grow with great success thanks to the valley’s fertile soils and sunshine. Neighboring Yakima Valley is another thriving wine region. With similar soils and climate, in addition to wine grapes they also grow over 75 percent of the country’s hops. Walla Walla grows zero. But this year two local friends, Nick Morgan and Jeremy Petty, with a background in farming and vineyard management, decided to change that. (more…)