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John Holl

John Holl is the Senior Editor of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine®. Email tips and story suggestions to [email protected].

The Ultimate Reusable Container

When a keg gets damaged and can no longer perform its primary function, many are rerouted to a Green Bay, Wisconsin, facility where they are repaired and made to look just like new.

All the Beer, None of the Stainless

Opening a facility on the opposite side of the country has been a growth model for a number of breweries. But while most have focused on production breweries with taprooms, The Bruery upended that script by just opening a taproom and retail outlet.

No Return: The Practice of One-Way Kegs

As brewers look to expand into markets far from their home base, they are increasingly turning to one-way plastic kegs to help achieve the goal of serving fresh draft beer without worrying about stainless-steel kegs finding their way back to the brewery.

Case Study: Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.

One of the pioneers of South Carolina craft beer, Edmund’s Oast isn’t aiming to rest on its laurels. In order to stay competitive and grow the business, they are looking toward the future.

The Logistics of Seasonal Breweries

A handful of breweries in the country make their living from just a few short months of business. Located in busy tourist areas that thrive on seasonal business, these brewers manage employees, overhead, and more while worrying about the lean months.

Case Study: Wachusett Brewing Company

Unless you live in New England, you might not be aware of one of the country’s largest craft breweries. And even if you are, you might be surprised at how Wachusett Brewing Company carved itself a niche on a humble style that’s decidedly local.

Together, Yet Separate

A growing number of breweries that have long featured a rotating cast of food trucks are putting in place a more permanent situation.

Surprise Hits for Breweries

We talk with brewers from around the country who found increased sales and new fans from beers they never expected to take off.

Case Study: Modern Times Beer

In just a few short years, Jacob McKean has grown his brewery, Modern Times Beer, from a small operation into a regional beer powerhouse. With beers that pay homage to utopian experiences, it's about bringing more than just beer to the customer experience.

Case Study: The Referend Bier Blendery

Not every new beer venture in the country is chasing the hazy IPA or boozy pastry-stout trends. In a warehouse in New Jersey, one dedicated individual looks toward the traditions of Belgium to create and age styles worthy of reflection and a reverence.