As we all do at this time of year, it's time to look back at 2014. If we do say so ourselves, it's been quite the year for The Hop Review. We've been lucky enough to sit down with no-less than 28 of the craft beer industry's most knowledgeable, passionate, and driven people. This is all on top of the many events we've attended and the countless other awesome folks we've come across; many of who we plan to chat with throughout the next year.
As the craft beer industry continues to explode, breweries everywhere are getting bigger to meet ever increasing demand. Just this week alone, we've heard plans for a $40 million expansion for Michigan's Founders and an all new, massive river-front production facility in planning for hometown brewery Finch. This is, undeniably, a good thing, as craft beer continues its seemingly unstoppable march toward market-share relevance.
It's no stretch to say the people behind Temperance Beer Company are pioneers. For one, the brewery is the first to open in the city of Evanston since the Prohibition era; not a simple feat in a community that was dry until 1972. And behind any brewery, there must always be a Brewmaster. Claudia Jendron is carving out her own path in a largely male dominated industry and is leaving quite the foot print. Her English Style IPA Gatecrasher has just won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, a huge (and as we found out, unexpected) honor.