The American honey whiskey industry is on the cusp of an era of its own.
The craft brewing boom is on its way to a tipping point, and a new breed of artisanal honey drinkers is beginning to flourish in the marketplace.
But honey is a relatively new commodity.
For a long time, it was a relatively obscure specialty, and it was rare to find it in bars, restaurants, or even on grocery shelves.
In recent years, however, the buzz around this beverage has led to a surge in popularity and demand.
And the market is now worth more than ever before, says Josh Gensler, senior vice president of product development for American Honey Whiskey.
That’s not to say honey is the only thing making its way into the marketplace, but it’s certainly the one that is growing in popularity.
In addition to the craft brew boom, the honey industry is seeing a rise in demand for the premium premium honey from producers like St. Louis-based St. Augustine.
Honey drinkers are also taking note.
The trend has also created a new category of honey drinkers: those who seek out artisanal and unique varieties of honey.
“There’s a lot of people that are really drawn to that,” says Brian Deutsch, owner of St. Paul’s, a bar in St. Charles, Missouri, and an industry leader in the specialty honey market.
“We’ve had the best tasting honey since I started brewing,” says Deutsch.
“It’s the kind of honey that we think of as special,” says bartender Matt Rolfes of the St. Croix Brewing Company in St Charles, which has recently expanded its portfolio of artisan ales.
Rolfes says that when he started in the industry in 2004, he and his colleagues were always looking for new ways to make a product.
They were searching for the best way to create a high quality product with an authentic feel, which meant using ingredients that would stand up to the most difficult tests.
“When we first started, we used only one honey,” says Rolfers.
“We had to find a way to get all the different strains that we wanted to do our honey.
And then we had to learn how to use all the things that we do in our home brewing.”
The craft beer boomThe craft beers and craft distilling industries are also on the rise.
These two industries are based around the consumption of specialty beer, and they’ve grown significantly over the past few years.
The growth in both industries is being driven by consumers who want more options to enjoy their favorite beers.
The craft breweries and distilleries are able to do so because they’re able to produce more specialty brews and more complex and flavorful beers that are more widely available.
These beers are more likely to be enjoyed by craft drinkers, who can buy more premium beer to share with their friends and family.
While the craft beers are growing in volume, they’re also becoming more expensive.
The average price of a bottle of premium craft beer is now more than $30, and the average cost of a barrel of the same beer is more than three times as much.
As a result, prices are climbing as well, says DeSchutz.
While prices for the specialty beers are on the increase, so is the cost of the barrel of honey, Rolfs says.
In fact, the price of the premium honey is now almost 10 percent higher than it was five years ago.
The trend is also taking a toll on the honey producers.
Because of the price increases, many of these companies are struggling to make ends meet.
“They’re trying to find other ways to pay their bills,” Rolfies says.
“And there’s just no money left in the pockets of the employees.”
The impact of the artisanal trend on the industry is being felt not only in the consumer market, but also in the beer industry, where it’s increasingly difficult to keep up with the demand for specialty beers.
The rise in the craft beer market has been accompanied by a decline in the number of breweries that can meet the demand.
Craft breweries are also less willing to sell their beer to other breweries for a variety of reasons.
“A lot of them just aren’t willing to go through the hassle of trying to do business with the breweries that are still in business,” says Brett Waggoner, owner and managing director of the New York based Waggons Brewery.
A lack of resourcesThe artisanal market is not limited to the United States.
“Honey is going to be the next big thing in the American market,” says John Harker, executive director of CraftBeer.com, an online trade publication.
“There’s just a lot going on with the craft industry that we haven’t even seen yet.”
The growth of the craft breweries is also contributing to the lack of money in the traditional honey industry.
As more and more of the specialty beer and honey drinkers come