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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sustainable Brewing. Part V: Miscellaneous Practices

Although I divide sustainability into water, energy, and landfill diversion practices, breweries are also engaging in miscellaneous strategies that help reduce their environmental impact and improve community relationships. Examples of miscellaneous practices include forming “green” committees, partnering with environmental organizations, and supporting educational programs. Founders Brewing Company created “Strike Force Green” to help build community […]