Malt Kith and Kin

by Brian Kowalczyk Both craft beer and fine whiskey share an origin in malt. More likely than not, fans of one are fans of the other. The grains grew up together, went to the same maltster, and then parted ways. Of late, reuniting the long lost brothers has become increasingly popular. Recently I attended an…

Goose Island Sour Sisters

by Brian Kowalczyk When Goose Island brewed up its very first batch of Bourbon County Brand Stout and aged it in six barrels in 1992 they couldn’t have predicted the craze that barrel-aging would become in the last decade. Now with one of the largest barrel-aging programs in the U.S., it’s clear that they still…

Founders in Japan

In October we had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Engbers (Co-founder and President) and Brian May (VP of International Sales) of Founders Brewing Company during their first visit to Japan. It’s been almost a year since we introduced them to you in our 2016 winter issue. As one might expect in the constantly…

ACBE 2016

The American Craft Beer Experience in Tokyo is indeed a festival to experience. Now in its second year, ACBE is hosted by the best of Japan’s importers of American craft beer. It is cosponsored by the Brewers Association (USA) Export Development Program and features a dynamic array of breweries that participate in this important program.…