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  1. Indiana on Tap | The Latest Trend in Indiana Craft Beer? Getting Out of Craft Beer Altogether
    July 11, 2019 @ 9:44 am

    […] could be partly responsible for the exodus we’ve seen so far this year. In his piece entitled Is Craft Beer Still Fun?, author Pete Cherpack described his reaction to a breakout session at the 2017 CBC where an […]


  2. Peter Cherpack
    April 22, 2017 @ 2:32 pm

    Hey Guys – Yes it’s really “over 90 breweries” that closed in 2016 – not 900. Sorry for the dramatic typo. Let’s hope it stays under 100 next year. Thanks all for the catch.


  3. Brian
    April 22, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

    Far too often I hear of people starting breweries, who proudly say their dream is “to open a brewery.” Sadly, rarely do I hear someone claim their dream is “to open a brewery making top quality beer” or “to open a brewery that will be successful in the long term.” It may sound like petty differences, but they mean everything once the brewery is opened and the inexperienced brewers or entrepeneurs now need to continue the full marathon instead of believing it’s all a breeze off the kettle after the doors first open.
    I wonder if anyone has calculated half-lives of new breweries.


  4. Ben Woodworth
    April 20, 2017 @ 6:04 pm

    I am a printer that serves the craft beer industry and attended all of the conference. My own industry went though the boom years of the 80’s and the start of desktop publishing. Eveyone became a publisher and needed a printer. Printers shot up everywhere. We all helped each other with work and changing technologies. Today for multiple reasons that is all gone for us. I am reenergized by dealing with this industry. We are manufacturers with tight margins. Risk is taken every day and hopefully you don’t make a mistake big enough to go out of business. Agewise, it wise to listen to the 50-60 year old people in the business. They have weathered the storms in other industries and this one. Making good beer is not the only way to stay in business but looking at your competition instead of focusing on your customers is a big mistake. The collaberation of breweries hosting events off site is a great sign of things to come. Can’t wait for Nashville. Cheers.


  5. Leslie Patino
    April 20, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

    Your post is an accurate summary of what I heard at CBC17. We’ve been hearing, and have known, all along that the double digit growth couldn’t continue forever, but the ride has been so much fun for so long that slowing down is hard. Craft beer is still doing well, though. A lot of industries (and macro brands) would love to have had 6% sales’ growth last year.


  6. MeatMan
    April 20, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

    “One day he found a young mom changing her baby on the floor of the bathroom”

    So this guy walks into the women’s restroom during operating hours? O.o


  7. Don
    April 20, 2017 @ 6:32 am

    Over 90, not 900 I believe. Thanks for the recap.


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