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.
Ever wonder how the no-bullshit approach has become the backbone of Lagunitas Brewing? Read up on the history of the company and you will be nothing short of impressed by the brewery's journey into one of the world's top beer brands. The road to get the Petaluma, California-based brewery to where it is today has been no small feat. And Tony Magee never doubted he could do it, despite the improbable path he's taken since 1993. He'll also tell you that Lagunitas really is a 'Chicago' brewery. And, in a way, it was this city that influenced the West Coast craft movement and in turn, built one of the world's top beer brands.