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Virtuous Orchards: A Conversation with Greg Hall of Virtue Cider

Virtuous Orchards: A Conversation with Greg Hall of Virtue Cider

FENNVILLE, MI

Capitalizing on increased consumer interest in cider is Greg Hall, former Brewmaster at Goose Island and founder of Michigan's Virtue Cider. During a recent tour of the farm, we caught up with Greg to hear more about the early days at Goose Island, his transition from beer to cider following their buyout in 2011, and even his impressions on what "craft" means to him.

Brewer Chat: Reviving a Brand, with Rob Sama of Baderbräu

Brewer Chat: Reviving a Brand, with Rob Sama of Baderbräu

LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO

There was once a time when Baderbräu (now, that's pronounced 'bay-der-brau') gave the Miller and Budweisers of the world a run for their money on Midwestern store shelves. Since that time, the brand and original brewery has completely fallen into obscurity and, until recently, was just a memory for many a Chicago old-timer.

Rob Sama aims to change all that and bring the city's "Original Craft Beer" back to prominence. We sat down with Rob at Logan Square's Radler to discuss his history with a brand he loves and the tall task of resurrecting a historic label in a market exploding with options.