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!

Posts tagged "Beer Industry"
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...
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 The beer may be exactly the same, but some would argue that the spirit of craft has been replaced by the love of capital.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...
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...
Out Come the Brickbats for Brewdog

Out Come the Brickbats for Brewdog

“It’s the way in the UK, sadly, that once you have a modicum of success you get brickbats,” says Simon Webster, MD at Thornbridge. The Derbyshire brewery was recognised by Pete Brown as one of the UK’s first “craft” breweries alongside BrewDog in an article for Imbibe magazine on the founding geeks becoming the big guys...
Investing in BrewDog - When Punks get Punk'd

Investing in BrewDog – When Punks get Punk’d

Remember how I wrote about the Camden Town crowdfunding scheme a while back? They were looking to raise £1.5 million for 2% of the business. Well the campaign finished on the 21st of April, so there won’t be any more discussion on fundraising and investment in the brewing industry for a little while. Aaaaaaaaand that’s enough...