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8 Responses to Beer predictions for 2020

  1. PPH January 2, 2020 at 3:10 pm #

    Am I missing something?

  2. Stan Hieronymus January 2, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

    Same predictions I made in 2011. The only difference is that more people were likely to comment.

  3. Johann Renner January 3, 2020 at 7:43 am #

    Is it only me or the post is empty? Maybe that was the idea ?

    • Stan Hieronymus January 3, 2020 at 7:48 am #

      That was the idea. Perhaps not the best one.

      • Johann Renner January 3, 2020 at 10:28 am #

        I think is a good one! My understanding is really slow these days.

        Since I live in Chile, I guess my predictions aren’t interesting for you at all. We are usually following the craft beer trends from USA with 1 or 2 years gap.

        As you can imagine, Hazy IPAs and NEIPAs are in full swing and I think there is room for improvement and quantity.

        Last year isolated Kveik strains hit the market, but I guess the interest for these yeast could increase this year.

        Fruit beers are always of interest for the general consumer, more breweries will dare to use fruit, specially grapes, following the grape ale trend (in case you don’t know, Chile produces a lot of wine).

        Barrel aged and mixed fermented beers are somewhat difficult to sell, but brewers like them, so there will be growth but minimal.

        I’m unaware of economics, but the one thing I see as a consumer is that breweries want and need a place to sell the beer, so more taprooms and brewery owned bars will be created. Brewpubs are rare because of legal issues.

        I don’t have statistics about collaboration between breweries, but it seems that everyone wants to collaborate with someone (even with meaderies, coffee roasters, etc). I like it when they bring something meaningful.

        As for hard seltzer, I’m not sure really. Maybe we will see some of them here, but I don’t expect a success.

        • Stan Hieronymus January 3, 2020 at 11:34 am #

          Thanks for taking the time for the Chile update. I brought back as much Chilean wine as would fit in my suitcase when I visited in 2017. I look forward to returning before long to see how much the beer scene has changed.

  4. Jeff Alworth January 11, 2020 at 10:35 am #


  5. Scott Herzog January 13, 2020 at 12:48 pm #

    Seltzers will continue to eat up some beer margins but mostly from larger brewery market share. Brut IPAs are gaining a little traction I suppose. Fruity beers will definitely keep coming at us. The purist in me grimaces at the thought, except for raspberry beer! Yes keep the raspberry beer. It seems a lot of breweries are branching out and putting European styles out there now. IPAs will continue to piss off people and make others very happy. What the hell do i know though.

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