Celebrating the Craft of Beer, Spirits and Cocktails

Welcome to The Missing Drink. If you're looking for discussion on topics ranging from craft beer culture, the brewing industry and the business of beer to experiments in the world of cocktails and mixology, you've come to the right place! Grab a beer, get comfortable and come join the conversation! Iechyd da!

BrewDog's Punkectomy

BrewDog’s Punkectomy

The fact that I write about BrewDog is both a good and a bad thing I guess. They’re doing a lot worth talking about, a lot of it a bit controversial (but that’s how they got where they are) and it shows just how much they are bringing craft beer...
Book Review: The Comic Book Story of Beer

Book Review: The Comic Book Story of Beer

I’ve been trying to write a book about beer for quite a while. I wanted to write something that would explain the story from start to finish with a focus on the early history – the part that gets overlooked a little bit. Had the Comic Book Story of Beer been...
The end of Craft Beer? There never was Craft Beer

The end of Craft Beer? There never was Craft Beer

Earlier this week, esteemed British Beer writer Roger Protz wrote in the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, warning that the end may be nigh – the purchase of our young, beloved craft breweries by big brewers and mega corps could be the death of them all, leaving only the largest with their heads...
Christmas Gifts for the Prospective Beer Hipster

Christmas Gifts for the Prospective Beer Hipster

Craft beer continues to grow, even while the wider beer industry is shrinking. That means more people are becoming curious about craft beer. Some of them are going full-on with their bandwaggon jumping and have turned into overnight beer wankers. So if there is someone in your life who has...
In the Meantime, Pure Speculation

In the Meantime, Pure Speculation

London craft brewer Meantime, bought by SABMiller just seven months ago, will be put up for sale by new owners AB InBev. The Brazilian-Belgian megabrewer agreed a deal for their closest rival last month, but it seems that Meantime will not be part of their plans going forward. What that means...
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Equity for Punks...Again

Equity for Punks…Again

The $1 Billion Ballast Point deal earlier this month had me thinking about value and growth in the craft beer industry, and about a previous deal that I had covered – BrewDog’s Equity for Punks 4. James Watt’s ears must have been burning, because he sent me an email on exactly the same subject last...
Ex Craft Beer: The Big List

Ex Craft Beer: The Big List

Below is an updating list of “Ex-Craft” Beer; that is,  craft beer brands or producers that have been bought out by a larger drinks company. The beer may be exactly the same, but some would argue that the spirit of craft has been replaced by the love of capital. These breweries become a pawn in...
Craft Beer Wars: The Ballast Point Acquisition

Craft Beer Wars: The Ballast Point Acquisition

If somebody told you that you could do everything you’re doing now, gave you massive financial backing to do it, and paid you ONE BILLION DOLLARS to do it, would you do it? Sorry, that’s not the question I meant to ask. I meant to ask “How long would it take you to force the...
Book Review: Mikkeller's Book of Beer

Book Review: Mikkeller’s Book of Beer

A few months ago, I stumbled across this video, advertising the latest release from craft-wanker favourite, Mikkeller – not a new beer, but a book. The first chapter, 20 pages long, tells the story of how Mikkeller came about. Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is the founder of Mikkeller. Not so much a brewer (“It’s not something that...
A Brief History of Big Beer

A Brief History of Big Beer

Once upon a time, women would brew beer at home to sustain her family. Any excess would be sold to her neighbours, to provide a little cash. It’s a far cry from the £69 billion deal that could see one company brew 27.8% of the world’s beer – 542.9 million hectolitres. 54290000000 litres. Or enough...
BrewDog Nanny State

BrewDog Nanny State

I’ve written a lot about BrewDog recently, so I thought it appropriate to actually take a look at one of their products. But not one of the usual suspects. Oh no. That would be dull. I’m going for the low alcohol beer introduced in the wake of the furore around high ABV monster Sink the...
The Name's Bond. BrewDog Bond.

The Name’s Bond. BrewDog Bond.

Remember a few months ago I wrote about investing in BrewDog? Remember, they announced the fourth round of their crowdfunding scheme Equity for Punks, that sought to raise £25million and valued the company at £305million? Remember how I called the scheme out because there were no clear ways on how you would make money on...
#BloggerBlackmail

#BloggerBlackmail

If you’ve not been keeping up to date with the latest debacles in the food and drink blogging world this week, then you missed a corker. It was called #BloggerBlackmail and was about a blogger seemingly blackmailing a shop. Does what it says on the tin. Bosh. What happened was some woman asked if she...
A Wonderful Year for Welsh Beer

A Wonderful Year for Welsh Beer

Wales is often overlooked when writers analyse Britain’s broad brewing community, but 2015 can go down as the year Welsh Beer firmly announced itself to the rest of the UK. Back in 2014, Richard Taylor over at The BeerCast posted a list of breweries to watch – all from his native Scotland and, of course,...