In 2007, a group of brand savvy advertising professionals in Minneapolis put their heads together and came up with the concept for craft beer centered on the area’s concentrated cabin culture called “Lakemaid Beer.” According to Jack Supple, president of Lakemaid Beer, it all started with the invention of a freshwater version of the mermaid. [Read more…]
by Karl H. Kazaks
SPERRYVILLE, VA — It’s rare that an enterprise can call itself unique to the world. Yet that is exactly the case at Copper Fox® Distillery, which makes the world’s only fruitwood-flavored whisky.
The idea came to Rick Wasmund, owner and operator of the Copper Fox, as he was cooking with apple wood. Why not use the smoke from fruitwood, he thought, to flavor malt destined to be made into whisky? [Read more…]
Paying close attention to every detail of the customer experience, and how those details add up to make an impression on consumers, has been a key reason for the success of Oliver Winery, the largest winery in Indiana and one of the largest in the Eastern U.S.
“We want to run a really great winery,” said Bill Oliver, the winery’s president. [Read more…]
CAMPBELLSPORT, WI — When Jay and Lisa Klein opened Armstrong Apples Orchard 20 years ago, the goal was to create a PYO operation centered on apples and maybe a few other fruits. But in 2010, the couple sampled several apple wines and immediately knew they needed to open a winery, too.
Last year alone, the business entered six different wines for judging in professional, commercial wine competitions and all six won awards. Five were silver medals and its raspberry wine won a gold medal. [Read more…]
The signs were everywhere. On the historical roadside marker. In the local historic museum. They came to the Nelson brothers while they were on an errand with their father, driving north from Nashville to Robertson County, TN. The trip began as a simple task but has ended up being much more than that — the founding event in what has become a lifelong journey for Charlie and Andy Nelson.
Eight years after that fateful day, the brothers are well on their way to resurrecting Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. [Read more…]
For some Michigan landowners, growing hops is a way to get started in farming or keep rural land in production. But since hops aren’t a traditional crop, most farmers need guidance as they start. That guidance is available from the Michigan Hops Alliance.
“It’s a grass-roots organization that tries to get smaller farms involved in growing hops,” said Brian Tennis, director of sales and marketing for the Michigan Hop Alliance. “It’s a way for a small farmer to venture into the marketplace, make a couple of bucks doing it, and hopefully, save some Michigan farms.” [Read more…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
In response to the steady emergence of New York State craft beer breweries — and with New York State ‘Farm Brewery’ legislation encouraging rapid growth of the craft brewing industry — an overwhelming demand has arisen for malting barley produced in the state.
Key information concerning the management and risks of this challenging crop was presented at the CNY CCE Malting Barley Roundtable, where guest speaker Plant Pathologist Dr. Gary Bergstrom, Hops Specialist Steve Miller and CNY Field Crop Specialist Kevin Ganoe led the discussion. [Read more…]