As small micro breweries have proliferated and big breweries just keep getting bigger, New Belgium has gotten caught in the middle, struggling to compete in either category. As they have worked to grow nationally other company values have come into question, potentially lessening what originally made New Belgium such a special company to begin with.
Climate change has made producing vintage champagne easier than it used to be. However, just because it is vintage doesn’t mean its exceptional. Releasing vintage champagne every year causes prices to fluctuate more like Burgundy and Bordeaux.
Spain has released a new premium classification, the Cava de Paraje Calificado. The first 12 sites to be part of this designation have been selected. This is part of an ongoing effort in Spain to show more recognition for single vineyard sites.
Contract brewing, the practice of using space in an already established brewery, has been a big part of making the craft beer industry so successful. Now that it is so successful, consumers are clamoring to visit breweries and see the process at its source. This is pushing small brewers to open facilities of their own.