The ol' hopvine has interesting news. I mean... Um, what? Oh, the hopvine? It's the beer version of the grapevine. You mean what I know...
Anyway, first of all, Kindling is working on expanding in terms of a brewery. A certain old friend of mine is going full time there and they are trying to work it up where they will have a brewery. This isn't a new idea. Larry was talking about a brewery years ago when I worked there. But with my old friend there, I'm sure they will gain momentum with it. They are also planning on cutting back the amount of the big name beers and making more room for craft stuff. They were leaders of craft beer back in the day but now everyone is carrying it. They want to be able to improve on the craft beer scene instead of fighting the others. My prayers go out to them.
Next on the list is the possibility of a major midwest brewery opening up something here in Carbondale. Schlafly is looking to open up a new brewery. They are doing a lot of "contract brewing" where they lease space from other breweries to help keep up with production. They are looking at three possible locations to open up a brewery to help bring brewing back in-house. The attractive thing about southern Illinois is the possibility of also acquiring farm land so they can grow some necessary ingredients - helping reduce costs even further. Heck, if they need an IT guy, I'm the man!! While I won't work for beer - I do have bills to pay - I will accept beer as a perk.
That's it from the hopvine for now. Until later, have a good one. I just had some Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. That will count!!
Blessed be the Brew!!
UPDATE: With some other conversations I've had, this MIGHT be going to the Champaign, IL area. I say MIGHT because things are always "in discussion" so it MIGHT change. I'll keep you updated.