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A quick note / addition to Kell’s post last week. I started following @MyBeerPix on twitter today, and immediately saw a sweet post on their blog talking about a Wall Street Journal article entitled “In Lean Times, a Stout Dream”.

The line to get into Great American Beer Festival. People love to drink good beer. Period.

The line to get into Great American Beer Festival. People love to drink good beer. Period.

The article starts off wonderfully, filling the hearts (and hopefully kegs) of people like me.

The economic crisis has stifled entrepreneurial activity in many industries. But it’s done little to dent the ambitions of those who dream of brewing their own beer and offering it to the world.

They have a lot of stats and whatnot, some not so encouraging. But here’s another excerpt that reaffirms my current research and feelings:

Last year, 42 brewpubs closed in the U.S., the most since 2005, the Brewers Association reports. But only nine microbreweries shuttered, the lowest figure since 1995.

Remember, we’re opening a brewery, not a brewpub. I’m not interested in opening a restaurant. I just want to make beer.

Lastly, to quote a quote in the article,

“I got to a point in my life where I kind of realized I should be going for something I am passionate about,” says Mr. Karaway.

Couldn’t agree more Mr. Karaway.

Thanks @MyBeerPix for showing me that article. If anyone else comes across a good article about brewing, be it good or bad news, send it along!

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