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!

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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 into the mainstream. However, there...
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 out when I started, I...
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 above water. His argument: brewing...
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 suddenly talking about barrel-aged India...
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 is not certain. Could it...
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...