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The last thirty years have seen a massive change in our marketplace. In a bewildering display of creativity and perseverance, independent makers and craftspeople of all kinds, have led a resurgence in quality, diversity of choice, transparency and heritage. Consumers have continued to raise the bar,
demonstrating an ever-increasing value on provenance and authenticity. Butchers, bakers, cheese makers, farmers, woodworkers and luthiers are a few of the quaint little producers across America that inspired this craft renaissance, a massive change in our marketplace, affecting millions of consumers. Once dismissed as a fad, this cultural shift has been buoyed by unprecedented consumer support, gaining momentum over four decades against considerable opposition from huge market forces.

What happened and why is it important?

We are setting out on an epic cross country quest to further understand the
makers movement and craft renaissance. We will take our readers and listeners
deep into the creative combustion engine of our country; talking to the
colorful characters who hold the deeper truths of This Craft Nation.

Join us on an exhilarating odyssey diving into the great
American stories that have changed the world.

 
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Fred Bueltmann: aka The Beervangelist, is part owner of New Holland Brewing Company, where he serves as Vice President of Brand and Lifestyle. He is a nationally recognized expert on pairing beer and food, and a Certified Cicerone®. Bueltmann is past president of the Michigan Brewers Guild and recipient of their prestigious “Tom Burns Award” recognizing the pioneering spirit of the “Great Beer State.” Fred serves as a judge for the Brewer’s Association’s Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup. His first book, “Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy” is a seasonal tome on pairing, cooking and hosting with craft beer, and was recognized as an Indie Book Award finalist. Fred hosts and produces New Holland’s “Stop & Taste Conversations” podcast, and speaks to audiences large and small around the country, which has included serving as 2013 Keynote Speaker for the Michigan Restaurant Association and speaking at TedX Macatawa in 2015.  @Beervangelist

 
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Kyle Bice is a Chicago based freelance artist, specializing in illustration and fine art. A 2002 graduate of the American Academy of Art with a BFA in painting, Kyle regularly freelances for New Holland Brewing and is the lead artist for The Monster Weekly, a blog that promotes childhood literacy. He is the author and illustrator of A Book of Dwarves, and launched beerportraits.com, a site devoted to art and interesting interviews about people in and around the world of craft beer as well as a travel blog focusing on Kyle’s adventures as a painter with a unique medium. Kyle’s eye for composition and broad range of styles, and mediums, including photography give him the ability to adapt and capture the essence of what’s around him. @beerportraits