In a small town, people think they have the place all figured out: the politics, the businesses, who their neighbors are. We’re an insular bunch.
But here’s one I’ll bet many of you didn’t know: A highly respected publication dedicated to “craft” beers and its publisher — Tom Dalldorf — is based here in Nevada City.
Celebrator Beer News for craft beer fans — what Wine Spectator is for wine aficionados — just completed its 21st anniversary. The online version is at celebrator.com.
“You can pick up a copy of Celebrator at Cooper’s Ale Works. That’ my local,” he told me.
Dalldorf is a well know expert when it comes to craft beers.
As the Washington Post observed: “A former wine guy who jumped on the craft beer bandwagon in the early ’80s, Dalldorf knows the lay of the land.”
You often find Dalldorf quoted in the mainstream press when it comes to craft beers.
One of Tom’s fans is Jack, a regular reader of this blog.
Here’s an excerpt from Tom’s latest column:
“Wall Street is in shambles, banks are on life support, bankers have surpassed even lawyers and used-car salesmen as the most despised professionals in America.
“Credit is the new dust bowl, and the housing market is a disaster. Discretionary spending is indiscreet with China and Saudi Arabia holding our debt notes. What’s a beer lover to do?”
“Good beer (craft beer) sales continue to climb in the face of challenging economic times. Brewpubs report declining food tickets, but beer sales remain strong.
“Pubs and restaurants continue to see growth in craft beer sales. Some microbreweries struggle with difficult distribution issues, but many cite record sales.
“Is good beer really recession-proof? Is the mantra of beer as the “affordable luxury” really true? We think so.”
Good stuff. Wouldn’t this be a good story and blogger for The Union or other local media?