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New Ownership for The Moon Under Water

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Moon Under Water brewpub entranceI recently heard through the hop bine that Don and Bonnie Bradley had just sold their Victoria brewpub. When I visited The Moon Under Water for the first time on September 7, I learned that, indeed, was the case. I had the pleasure of meeting Clay Potter and Chelsea Walker, the new owners, who were very kind to spend some time with me during a hectic period (lunch before the GCBF’s first day), relating their backgrounds and hopes for the Moon. Having just gotten the keys to the pub, it was a moment when one often experiences the duality of excitement and dread as you venture into new territory.

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Craft Beer Defined

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by WanderingPaddy

This evening, when I heard on the 6 o’clock news that the term, “craft beer”, had been defined and included in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, I was very excited. Finally, I would have a conclusive answer for when I am inevitably asked the question, “What is craft beer?” This is always one of the first questions posed to me in interviews. It always catches me off guard, for some reason, causing me to mumble some lame-ass definition that makes me sound like I have no clue as to what I am talking about. This likely makes the interviewer think they should fire their assistants for recommending me to be interviewed.

My inability to nail down the perfect definition might be because there was no real consensus as to what constitutes a craft beer. The term was created mostly as a marketing ploy. You ask 10 different beer aficionados to define craft beer and you will get 10 different, and often conflicting, answers. But that was before Merriam-Webster got involved.

You can imagine my excitement, as I quickly went to their online dictionary and typed in “craft beer”. Merriam-Webster has been defining the English language since the 1800s, so surely they would know how to nail down, precisely and succinctly, the definition that has eluded all of us beer geeks for the past 15 years, or so. Finally, there would be no argument or debate as to what constitutes a craft beer. I was prepared to be enlightened.

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August 16, 2012 at 3:54 am