The traditional craft beer business model seems to be changing, with an almost forced evolution these past few years accelerating the plans of some brewers.
It should be no surprise when the seasonal crush of Oktoberfest/märzens abruptly yields to spicier brews like stouts, pumpkin ales and winter warmers.
Sampling random New Mexico breweries provides an opportunity to compare and contrast the North Texas craft beer scene with one not-so-far removed.
Back at the beginning, craft beer was simpler. Four core styles could be relied upon: blonde ale, American pale ale, a version of wheat beer, and a porter/stout.
Craft beer is not like other markets. Consumers don't purchase beer the same way we do socks, a commodity largely detached from manufacturer and retailer.