A few weeks ago a colleague from Bowling Green State University sent me an e-mail. He was interested in getting together to explore the possibility of engaging in some collaborative research around the beer industry. Russ told me that his interest was in beer-oriented development (BOD). It was not a term with which I was familiar. But that’s why we have Google, right? The term appears to have been coined by Continue reading Beer-Oriented Development
Last week my wife and I spent three days in Louisville, Kentucky. An old friend was getting married and so we decided to stay for a couple of days after the nuptials. When one thinks of Kentucky it is bourbon, not beer, that first comes to mind. The state produces 95% of the nation’s Continue reading Back to the Future in Louisville, Kentucky
Last Sunday was Fathers Day in the United States. Fathers Day is always a struggle for those who buy me gifts. I neither need or want much and when I do need something I typically go out and buy it (which sometimes frustrates my wife). Well this particular Fathers Day my wife and Continue reading The Mug Club
Toledo, Ohio is known as the Glass City. Reminders of this can be found everywhere around town. You can watch the University of Toledo Rockets play football in the Glass Bowl, open a bank account at the Glass City Federal Credit Union, run in the Glass City Marathon, or go to Continue reading Designed in Toledo
Last week I spent a few days in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. What I found there was a city on the rise, a city in the middle of an economic renaissance, a city where good things (lots of them) are happening. The steel industry has gone of course and the city is re-configuring its Continue reading Steel Town and Iron City
The Old West End is a beautiful historic neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio. Comprising over 25 city blocks the tree-lined neighborhood is home to one of the largest concentrations of Victorian, Edwardian, Queen Anne, Romanesque, Arts & Crafts, Neoclassical, and Colonial Revival homes in the country. Every June the people that Continue reading Beer in the Old West End
Last month I was sitting in the taproom of the Black Cloister Brewery. It was a late Thursday afternoon and myself, Spencer, and Tony (all regulars) were there. The three of us were chatting with Black Cloister’s owner, Tom Schaeffer. The conversation was wide ranging but at one Continue reading Toledo’s Black Madonna
One of the things that I like about the craft beer industry are the names – the names of the beers and the names of the breweries that brew them. The industry is full of clever and amusing names. For beer this includes Hoppy Ending (yes, that’s a hop getting a massage), Polygamy Porter (“Why Have Just One?”), Blithering Idiot (at 11.1% ABV this English style barleywine may turn you into Continue reading What’s in a Name?
There has been much discussion in the growing literature on craft beer about neolocalism. Usually that fancy term ‘neolocal’ means the homage paid to the inclusion of local ingredients such as locally produced hops or grains used in the products of microbreweries that have a geographically limited distribution range. Used in this sense, neolocal is similar to the French term terroir usually associated Continue reading The Art of the Beer Label
I make presentations about the geography of the American craft beer industry to academic audiences all around the world. Earlier this month I spoke about the industry at the Jubilee Workshop of the Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The day after my presentation Continue reading A Glass Half Full?