Zephyr Adventures, the company that produces the Beer Bloggers Conference, recently conducted an analysis on beer websites and compiled a list of what they called The 20 Most Influential Beer Websites in the World. The analysis, according to Zephyr Adventures, included four factors:
- Alexa Rating: While this is not a perfect indicator of a website’s popularity, it is easy to access and relatively accurate.
- Incoming Links: We recorded the number of incoming links according to Google.
- Facebook Likes: Given the influence of social media, we considered the number of Facebook likes.
- Twitter Followers: The same goes for Twitter.
Their process? “We analyzed a total of 83 popular beer-related websites but limited these to those in the English language. We allocated from 25 to 1 points for each time a site was in the top 25 of one of the above four factors. In other words, the website with the best Alexa rating received 25 points and the website with the 25th best Alexa rating received one point. With four categories, the maximum score is 100. We recorded data from December 30 through January 2.”
Below are their findings.
For more information, visit their website.
How do you feel about their list? Anyone you would add or remove? What beer websites are most influential to you?
Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the table. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. The latest project to capture our attention is from Switch Taps out of Dallas, TX.
After many a fruitless hunt for proper tap handles, beer lovers Matt and Jonathan Logue decided to create their own. These tap handles not only help in dispensing and display interchangeable nameplates, but they do double duty as a heavy duty stopper for growlers that they say creates a better seal than traditional growler caps. The idea is so simple, but is also practical and will make those masking tape growler labels obsolete. Take a peek at the project and see what you think.
Blairsden, California. Two hours West is Chico and its iconic Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. An hour Southeast is popular up-and-comer FiftyFifty Brewing in Truckee, known for their Eclipse barrel-aged series of beer. In between these breweries, amongst the rivers, trees, the deer who fancy jumping into traffic, the small towns that dot the landscape, and the long winding canyon you must navigate to reach it, is The Brewing Lair. Situated in the heart of California’s High Sierras in Plumas County, this small brewery is located on CA-70 in Blairsden. See the full post »
The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S. breweries—announced today that small and independent American craft brewers contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012.
That figure is derived from the total impact of beer brewed by craft brewers as it moves through the three-tier system (breweries, wholesalers and retailers), as well as all non-beer products that brewpub restaurants sell.
“With a strong presence across the 50 states and the District of Columbia, craft breweries are a vibrant and flourishing economic force at the local, state and national level,” said Bart Watson, staff economist, Brewers Association. “As consumers continue to demand a wide range of high quality, full-flavored beers, small and independent craft brewers are meeting this growing demand with innovative offerings, creating high levels of economic value in the process.”
In addition to the national impact, the BA examined output of the craft brewing industry by state, as well as the state economic contribution per capita for adults over 21. See the full post »
If you loved Odell Brewing’s Red Ale, it is unfortunately going away … but never fear as it is coming back rebranded as Odell Brewing Runoff Red IPA as part of Odell’s seasonal series of beer.
“We wanted to give this beer a name, story and label imagery that would reflect the spirit of the season and better coincide with our other seasonal offerings,” said Marketing and Branding Manager, Amanda Johnson-King. “We also felt that Red IPA more accurately described the character of the beer, which is a very hoppy crimson colored ale.”
The name “Runoff” pays tribute to the snow melt and subsequent runoff in late spring that provides the very water of which Odell brews their beer with.
According to the brewery, it is “Brewed with a complex malt bill [and] boasts a hearty backbone and a ruby hue. The brew is dry-hopped with a generous amount of American hops giving the beer a fruity citrus aroma and a kick of grapefruit and pine hop character.”
Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Runoff in the brewery’s Tap Room on January 4th and 5th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer, special food truck fare, as well as live music by the Waido Experience on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Runoff Red IPA will be available in six packs and in the Winter-Spring Montage variety pack throughout the brewery’s ten state distributor footprint.
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Love Belgian beer? Well, who doesn’t. Your love of Belgian beer, however, could win you a trip for two to Belgium. See the full post »
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Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the table. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. The latest project to catch my eye is from Zac Triemert and Holly Mulkins of Borgata Brewery & Distillery out of Omaha, NE.
Zac and Holly are opening a brewery and distillery and are looking for your help to build a tasting room to help them bring Borgata to the people of Omaha. The Borgata Brewery & Distillery Tasting Room will be serving up canned beer such as their flagship brew, the Borgata Pils as well as a variety of single malt whiskey. Borgata will also be the first distillery in Omaha since before Prohibition, and if the single malt doesn’t make it a worthy cause then that should. Check out their Kickstarter project and help them make this a reality.
Ever wish you could brew your own beer … in your stomach? Well, probably not and whether you think this is a blessing or a curse, for one Texas man this is a reality. A 61 year old man with a history of homebrewing was taken to an emergency room with complaints of dizziness and impaired balance. It was as if he was drunk … and he was. Doctors couldn’t figure it out as the man claimed to not have drunk anything that day, and yet a breathalyzer would reveal his blood alcohol content was nearly five times over the legal limit.
Doctors would eventually diagnose the man with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, or “auto-brewery syndrome”, due to too much brewers yeast in his stomach. The yeast would quite literally ferment the starch, carbs, and sugars he would consume, turn them into alcohol, and he’d get drunk.
This certainly takes the term “beer belly” to a whole new meaning.