Author Archives: Brian

About Brian

I like beer.

The Deer Moves In

While it doesn’t look like much has happened from the outside here at Fireforge, a lot has been going on behind the scenes. Most importantly, my trusty deer, Bob Coble, has moved into the brewery. Bob has been with me … Continue reading

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Fireforge Crafted Beer Finds a Home

We’ve all heard it said that good things come to those who wait. The impatient, perpetual 12-year-old inside me has never liked that saying. However, I believe it’s true. After an 18-month search evaluating over 60 properties throughout Greenville and seemingly every … Continue reading

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Brewery Acquistion Mad Libs

Last month, Northern Brewer/Midwest Supplies, Minnesota-based mega homebrew shops, were acquired by ZX Ventures, a venture capital firm backed by AB InBev. ZX Ventures is self-described as “global disruptive growth group, incubator, and venture capital team.” I’ll say. They just … Continue reading

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Why It’s Important to Know Who Brews Your Beer

“It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.” – Michael Corleone, The Godfather The big news in craft beer these days is all about acquisitions. AB InBev acquired Goose Island in 2011 and followed that up with 10 Barrel, Blue Point, … Continue reading

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One Year Back in Greenville

One year ago today, our moving van rolled back into Greenville. Was it a triumphant return, or wounded retreat? I believe it’s the former. Nicole and I spent two and a half awesome years in Tampa. I look back at … Continue reading

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Fireforge and other South Carolina start-up breweries shut out from festivals and special events

“People love free beer. Why ruin the fun?” — Nicole Cendrowski, VP Arts & Crafts, Fireforge Crafted Beer Recently, the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) and SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) began to strictly enforce a 20+ year-old state alcohol law that … Continue reading

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Is the craft beer market saturated?

Not from where I’m sitting. The Brewer’s Association recently released the 2015 craft beer sales data, which showed continued growth of the industry. Craft beer sales increased 12.8% by volume and 16% by dollar, marking the sixth straight year of … Continue reading

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