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Episode 53: August 24, 2016

Craft Breweries have grown dramatically in the last few years – over 12% of all beer purchased in the U.S. is now produced and sold by local craft breweries. Chris Smith is the co-owner of The Virginia Beer Company, a craft brewery in Williamsburg, Virginia. He joins us on this episode to discuss the challenges of the craft brewing industry and what the future holds for the beer industry in the U.S.


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  • How to define what craft breweries are
  • Why he decided to open a brewery
  • How his beer is made
  • How to choose ingredients for their beers
  • Why the industry involves retail, wholesale, and manufacturing
  • The regulations that the brewery must deal with
  • The phenomenon of craft brewery festivals
  • The changing taste of Americans in general
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