Wine Enthusiast Podcast: What’s Next for Craft Beer in 2021

Wine Enthusiast Podcast: What’s Next for Craft Beer in 2021

A lot of challenges were posed to the drinks world and craft beer scene in 2020. From significantly diminished on-premise consumption and strained distribution to event cancellations and production limitations, breweries were faced with many obstacles in the effort to keep their businesses afloat throughout the pandemic year.

But with challenge and change comes opportunity. Adaptations to business models, regulations and even consumer behavior can impact not only what you have in your glass, but almost as importantly, how you can keep it filled with a wide array of pours.

In this episode, we’re taking a look at what the new year has in store for the independent or craft beer scene. Beer Editor John Holl guides a conversation with Natalie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing in California, Samantha Lee of Hopewell Brewing in Chicago, and Paul Leone, director of the New York State Brewers Association, about the shifts they’ve seen and encountered, and exactly what it could all mean for the year of beer ahead.

From exciting new releases and sensational seasonals to the hopes of better distribution and even improved direct-to-consumer access, there’s much promise to the year ahead for beer lovers, and that’s something we can all raise a glass to.

Check out this article for more on the beer trends that defined the year that was, as well as our list of the Top 25 Beers of 2020. Looking forward, learn more about the rising style of oenobiers and how they promise to unite wine and beer lovers under one glass, or take a Dry January ride on the non-alcoholic beer bandwagon.

Published on January 20, 2021


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