Greg Engert is beer director of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, whose bars and restaurants include ChurchKey, Rustico, and the Bluejacket brewery, among others.
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Are proper craft-beer bars and bottle shops in danger? As thousands of breweries coalesce around profitable taprooms and a handful of trendy styles, craft beer may be losing a piece of its soul. Greg Engert of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group explains.