Dave Richmond has combined his work with his love of beer for more than eight years with the Madrigrano families, and is now Global Brands Manager at Beer Capitol Distributing-Lake Country in Sussex. In his position, Dave is responsible for coordinating the marketing and merchandising programs for all the Global brands. The beer products featured in his blog are primarily those distributed but not limited to by Beer Capitol Distributing Lake Country.
This past weekend the World Beer Cup was held in Chicago in conjunction with the 2010 craft brewers conference. There were some winners here from the state in different categories. They judged beer styles by 90 different style basis. The winners will get the title for two years since the next World Beer Cup is not scheduled until 2012.
The 1st question of my article today is to see how many of you would have guessed 90 as the number of styles to be judged? The number of new beers and new breweries continue to multiply. The brewers association in their state of the industry report state that craft beers are up 7% for 2009 vs. 2008. In a very tough economy that number is surprising considering the overall beer industry was down for 2009.