~~ “If I was a kid in school today there’d be a teacher standing 10 feet away with a fire hose dressed in Ebola gear spraying me with Ritalin.” ~ Lagunitas’ founder and owner Tony Magee.
~~ The Lagunitas story is already legendary in our business, but this Mashable article sums up the madness and the crazy path the success in a highly entertaining and well-written short piece. It’s also an insightful summary of craft beer legal issues and the Big Brewer V Small Brewer War.
I am proud to be a part of this great program to support food and beverage startups, Brewing the American Dream. It was founded and is operated by Jim Koch, a great guy and the founder of Boston Brewing Company, maker of America’s favorite macro/micro craft brew, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, as well as the breakout hit of 2014 Angry Orchard Cider.
If you are not familiar with his wonderful program of micro loans and mentorship to F&B startups, read about it here, and for an update on this year’s National Finals, Time Magazine blogged a story 2 days ago.
It has been great to work with Jim and the Boston Brewing team over the years and I look forward to doing much more great business with them, as well as supporting BTAD in any way I am able.
Cheers! — TimTheBarGuy
P.S. – Jim also has a secret to avoid getting tipsy when drinking beer, which he shared with me and also explained in an Esquire Magazine interview. You can read about it and get the Esquire link here.
Congratulations to a Chicago area company I have worked with for many years, as well as my clients, one of the America’s largest privately held companies and largest Latino owned firms. Bravo to Reyes Beverage, on becoming the #1 largest beer distributor in the US!
Reye’s brands include MillerCoors, Constellation Brands, Heineken USA, Diageo-Guinness USA, Pabst Brewing and craft breweries including Lagunitas Brewing, New Belgium and Sierra Nevada Brewing.
Read more about it here in Crain’s Chicago Business.