Podcast - Good Beer Hunting
About This Show
In the midst of a sea-change, you don't just build a boat. You make the wave. Good Beer Hunting is how industry strategist, writer, and photographer Michael Kiser is crafting the story of beer around the world — not from the outside looking in, rather, from the center of the movement. GBH is the chronicle of the most compelling people, places and products he encounters on his travels. In addition to the website, the podcast is devoted to using craft beer as a bridge between other types of businesses, craft-oriented cultures, and what we eat and drink. Interviews with brewers, aficionados, and makers of all types with one thing in common — a fascination with what's happening in craft beer. Recorded at GBH Studios in Chicago, Illinois. Join him on the hunt.
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EP-121 Artisanal Imports, Whiner Beer, Dovetail with Lanny Hoff + Co.
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The three tier system is something that’s continuously up for debate in our country - surfing on arguments about who it serves poorly and who it services well, who it protects us from and who it favors. It’s a complicated value chain mandated by the federal government to exist, but also regulated by the state, and increasingly getting sliced up into more unique and critical ways of bringing your favorite brewery stop market. One part of that value chain that’s been quietly evolving is the role of the importer. They work between the brewer and distributor, and traditionally bring you beers from oversees from places like Belgium, the UK, and Germany. You many have heard our interviews from Shelton Fest two years ago when we interviewed two of their operators to demystify this part of the business, and shine a light on the value that importers bring even when they’re working with domestic instead of foreign breweries. For it’s part, Shelton Brothers just announced their next festival will be in Atlanta this August 18th and 19th. The domestic side of the import business, somethings even called a domestic importer, which is really a convoluted way of describing an importer who moves products domestically through their existing infrastructure, state to state instead of country to county. As more and more small local breweries are finding ways to grow sustainably and gain access to market when the shelves are tight and tap handles are scarce, the role of the domestic importer is helping some of these niche breweries find niche audiences wherever they might be. Today’s guests are excited to talk about a very unique scenario in this vein. Artisans Imports, known for importing brands like Sunner Kolsch, St Feuillen, and De Proef, are now partnering with US brands. They’ve been working in US cider for some time now with Farnhum Hill and EZ Orchards, which are among the best in the world. But niche, hyperlocal breweries is a new step towards diversifying their business and finding new territory to explore. In Chicago, they’ve partnered with Dovetail and Whiner Beer, two newcomers with unique portfolios. Today we’re going to hear about what’s behind that move, and why it might be a new model for small brands going forward.