Joe Stange

Joe Stange is Managing Editor of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® and the Brewing Industry Guide®. Have story tips or suggestions? Contact him at [email protected].

Case Study: In a Tough Market, NoDa Is Growing by Leveraging Quality and Retail Flexibility

Bucking the current headwinds to grow via distribution, Charlotte’s NoDa Brewing has ambitions to become no less (and no more) than the brand of the Carolinas.

TTB Hears from Small Breweries on Nutrition Labeling

The process behind long-expected changes in federal labeling rules is lumbering into motion. Brewers have until March 29 to submit public comments on how proposed requirements would affect their businesses.

After Fatal Accident, Fellow Brewers Kick In

The craft-brewing community in North Carolina and around the country is responding this week after the accidental death of Dan Wade, cofounder of Wooden Robot in Charlotte.

Case Study: Seattle’s Machine House Leans Into Cask Ale

As a small brewery devoted to cask-conditioned ale, Seattle’s Machine House is a rare bird in the United States—and it’s one that recently marked a decade of brewing, guided by the pragmatism of founder Bill Arnott and his “simple, primitive” approach to making their distinctive yet highly accessible beers

Case Study: Fig Mountain Is a Brewers’ Brewery

Leaning into classic styles while focusing on its regional market, Central California’s Figueroa Mountain Brewing is sticking to its game plan: keep brewing approachable beers of uncompromising quality.

Editor’s Notebook: Lager and Hops, Best Friends Forever

Kevin Ashford, the award-winning brewmaster at Central California’s Figueroa Mountain, has some thoughts on the future of lager and New World hops. Are we already looking at the next pivotal moment in the evolution of craft beer?

Case Study: Talea Beer

For an industry that struggles to attract new kinds of customers, there are lessons to be learned at Talea Beer. Cofounded by Tara Hankinson and LeAnn Darland, the brewery and its taprooms are building a strong following among the women of New York City.

Case Study: Notch Brewing Leans into a Strong Point of View

In Massachusetts, Notch has carved a niche for traditional lagers and ales of modest strength and for bar service that honors those traditions—and, along the way, its confident approach has had an outsized influence on the industry.

Case Study: Suarez Family Brewery

In New York’s Hudson Valley, one of the country’s most respected family-run breweries is keeping it small and intentional, making deliberate choices aimed at better living.

Wild Fields Wins Again

This tiny brewpub on California’s Central Coast recently put the beer world on notice when, at the World Beer Cup, it pulled off what should have been impossible—then very nearly did it again at GABF. Here’s how it happened.