Market Share or Profit, or Both

January 13, 2012

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In a culture where corporate growth is the assumed goal, it is easy to presume that growing a company’s market share would increase its profits. Why else would a company want a bigger piece of the consumer-pie if not for more money? Bigger is better because more is better, right? Luckily there is, and always […]

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Canned or Bottled

January 6, 2012

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With canned beer becoming more and more popular there have been numerous articles written on the benefits of canned versus bottled. Often the debate is very black or white, with canned or bottled being better; however, it is a nuanced issue. A few of the frequently mentioned benefits of canned beer are that you do […]

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Book Review: The Economics of Beer

December 16, 2011

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I recently finished reading The Economics of Beer, edited by Johan F.M. Swinnen. With two of my favorite topics in the title I was excited for this book, and when it arrived in early November I was not disappointed. I had not been sure what to expect, since there were no reviews when I ordered […]

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Supplying Beer in a Changing Climate

December 9, 2011

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Changes in world weather conditions will change the growing region and availability of nearly all the inputs for beer. Barley and hop growing regions will migrate as traditional growing regions become too inhospitable and the availability of fresh water will diminish as water tables and weather patterns change. At the other end of the beer […]

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Brown Bubbly Economy

November 28, 2011

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From brewery manufacturing to agricultural production, craft breweries are growing and providing jobs at a much needed time in our country. They are a small glass of bubbly economic growth. From higher labor inputs to skilled training and agricultural inputs to innovation, craft beer is spurring growth. At the center of the brewery industry is […]

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Economies of Scale in Sustainable Brewing

November 23, 2011

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All aspects of beer intrigue me, so while I am not a consumer of American Adjunct Lager style of beer (think Budweiser, MGD, Coors, etc) I still appreciate the companies that brew them on many other levels, aside from taste. One of these areas of respect is the impact sustainability initiatives at these breweries can […]

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