What’s With The “Cave” In The Name?
“Cave” for the brewery name was inspired by the cave drawings found in the Lascaux cave in France. This cave was discovered in 1940 in France by a teenager and his dog and revealed detailed drawings, mostly of animals, made over 15,000 years ago. When viewing these detailed and colorful drawings, we came to realize that these “cave people” were not simply “hunter/gatherers” as our history books suggested, but in fact were true artisans recording their world in an era that time really had forgotten. Through their passion, these artisans succeeded in telling a distant and future world the story of their lives in full color on the walls and ceilings of their home! Viewing these beautiful works made us realize that we should all live out our own passions as someday we too will be remembered by what we left behind and how well we did it.
As brewing is our passion and our brewery is also in our home, we remind ourselves to never forget the “why” in what we do.
For more information on the Lascaux cave and it’s discovery, please visit http://www.savelascaux.org/Legacy_Finding.php
1 barrel (B) = 31 gallons (US) or 248 16oz pints
Macro Brewery (the big guys) – 9,000,000 Barrels / Year
Micro Brewery – produces less than 50,000 Barrels / Year
Nano Brewery – produces between 100 and 500 Barrels / Year
While no formal definition exists yet for a Nano Brewery which is a relatively new type of brewery, it is generally accepted that it produces 3 barrels or less per batch. These types of breweries are the middle ground between home brewers and Micro Breweries. Because of their relatively small output, Nano Breweries can make beers that the big breweries and Micro breweries can’t/won’t produce. It’s truly the frontier of beer brewing!
So What Exactly IS Craft Beer?
Craft beer brewing refers to the art and science of turning malted barely, hops, water, and yeast into a flavorful beer. This is achieved on a much smaller scale compared to the large macro breweries that have national sales, shelf space, and TV commercials with horses or frogs that tell you to drink their beer ice cold or that the beer was “Ice Brewed”. All beer is boiled at some point so we at CBC are not sure what “Ice Brewed” means other than marketing speak that lets their customers know that their beer must be consumed “ice cold” otherwise it will taste like a dead skunk.
In short, craft beer is not made by machines, computers, and marketing managers. It is hand made by passionate people who seek to produce the best testing and most interesting beers on the planet. It market is all who are not afraid to drink their beer at cellar temperatures or “lose” a few bottles and age them for a few years. The way we define Craft Beer is the fusion of great food, art, and science all in a glass!
Pseudo Craft Brewing?!?!
After the Macro Breweries have been dismissing the craft brewing movement for decades and realizing a significant decrease in the American beer market, these companies have sought to cash in on the the craft brewing market by either creating new brands that “sound” like craft beers (e.g. Blue Moon which is MillerCoors) or buying micro breweries (e.g. Anheuser-Busch InBev purchase of Goose Island, etc.). Sadly, there are many examples. We at Cave Brewing Company want to produce for our locals the highest quality and most interesting beers in the world. That’s the reason we exist.
For a list of breweries that you might think are craft but are not, click here. It may just surprise you!
The BIG get BIGGER!!
Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller Reach Tentative Agreement on Merger for $104B. A merger, if completed, would combine the world’s two largest brewers, creating a behemoth that has annual revenue of about $64 billion and that commands 30 percent of global beer sales and of shelf space in the U.S.A., 7 out of 10 brands will be the combined company, thus limiting choice to many American beer drinkers. With all the lobbying and money at stake, we have no doubt this merger will be approved.
Fortune article on who lose’s on the deal (hint: 7 out of 10 beers at your favorite shop will be by one combined company). We believe that craft beer people always find a way to get their products so the next big change has to come in the distribution to the end consumer. We can’t even pretend to know what this will look like. One thing for sure is, we are in for some interesting times ahead!