National News

Golden Road bets big on craft beer

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-09 11:03

The craft beer industry keeps getting bigger. The Brewers Association reports that in 2013, the market share of craft beer in the United States had grown to 7.8 percent. Breweries are popping up all across the country including in Los Angeles, where Golden Road Brewing has enjoyed three years of tremendous growth.

Meg Gill and Tony Yanow launched Golden Road in 2011. Their facility now includes a large brewing space, canning line, and a pub. Their beers can be found in grocery stores and restaurants in the area. Their most recent deal puts Golden Road beer in airports across the country, rolling out this summer.

The brewery has been able to find the niche within craft beer with their Los Angeles-based business, Gil says.

“This market is enormous” she says. “We’re already too big for our boots in some accounts.”

Yanow says even with all their growth in the past three years, Golden Road is still far away from achieving the size of the Boston Beer Company, the brewers of Samuel Adams. Gill says craft brewers owe a lot of their success to Boston Beer.

“I think that Jim Cook and that company is one of the most talented businesses in America and they have brought craft beer back to America,” she says.

Yanow acknowledges the number of new breweries opening will slow. “At some point, the rate of growth, of expansion into new breweries has to stop because eventually," he says. "You have more breweries than people.”

But Yanow’s not too worried about a craft beer bubble. “The real question is, can you put the toothpaste back into the tube?... People who like our beer and people who like craft beer like our beer and they’re not going to stop liking our beer.”

How resorts ended up in those oval car decals

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-09 10:54

In 1994 Earle F. Williams was on Martha’s Vineyard when a sticker on the back of a car caught his eye. “I saw an oval decal with an MV on it,” remembers Williams.

At the time he sold sports-imprinted decals and memorabilia to colleges. His first thought when he saw the sticker was, I wonder if that thing is copyrighted. “I wanted to make sure we wouldn’t step on somebody’s toes.” Luckily for Williams, it wasn’t.

A few months later he started making his own stickers with the initials VT for Vermont. It being the Green Mountain State, he sold them in green. Since then he’s made countless versions of the white oval. This year he sold a little over a million decals, out of his house in Stowe, Vermont. That’s about half as many as he sold at the peak of his business, pre-recession. 

Though Williams markets his stickers as the Original Ovals, they were actually created by the United Nations in the 1940’s, as “Distinguishing Signs Used on Vehicles in International Traffic.” They were a way to identify the country of origin on automobiles traveling through Europe.

In the U.S., they became a status symbol. EH for East Hampton, or ACK for Nantucket, secret codes that said, the driver of this car lives or vacations in America’s most elite resorts.

“I think the temptation is to be a little disdainful when you see those,” said Cornell economics professor Robert Frank. “If people were really confident of their position in life, they wouldn’t feel a need to advertise it.”

Frank says these bumper stickers in and of themselves aren’t a big deal. But they are an indicator of larger economic trends. The wealthiest Americans are building larger and more ostentatious homes. “They’re not bad people because they do that," he says. "That’s what everyone does when they get more money. But the fact they build bigger houses shifts the frame of reference for the people just below the top, they build bigger too,” And that trickles down the income ladder. Meanwhile lower and middle class wages have stagnated. So everyone ends up spending more of their income to keep up.

There is a similar competition to get into the prestigious educational institutions, not just universities, but increasingly grade schools, even preschools. “When a parent’s child gets into a prestigious institution, the first thing that happens is a decal on the back window of the car, announcing that fact to the world,” Frank says.

As for the white oval decals, David Ewing isn’t a fan. He grew up in Swampscott, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. His father was a lawyer at a Boston law firm and his roots go way back in New England. “My dad’s ancestor was one of the founders of Northampton, Massachusetts, so it was the 1600’s,” Ewing says.

He spent his summer vacations in southern Maine and Nantucket. But he says his family would never have put a sticker on their car advertising that fact. “It was against their sensibility to show off, to the world at large anyway, he says. “There was a distaste for ostentation and a distaste for -- the term when we were growing up was status symbol.”

Today Ewing lives in California and he understands the impulse to put a sticker on your car that shows where you are from. “If you are a long way from home you’re sort of waving your hand going, 'anybody else out there?'” But he says if he saw a white oval with an MV for Martha’s Vineyard or an MH for Marblehead in his neighborhood, he wouldn’t go up to the owner of that car and strike up a conversation. “I’d avoid ‘em like the plague,” he said.

What Happens When Israeli Mourners Visit A Palestinian Family

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 10:17

The scene was predictably awkward, even painfully so. But as NPR's Ari Shapiro reported for today's Morning Edition, the visit also brought a moment of grace for many of those involved.

» E-Mail This

Senate Confirms Julian Castro As Housing Secretary

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 10:11

The 39-year-old mayor of San Antonio is Hispanic and a rising star in the Democratic Party. He succeeds Shaun Donovan, who was tapped to be White House budget chief.

» E-Mail This

Rivals Claim Victory In Indonesian Presidential Election

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 09:47

Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo based his claim on early results, which have been accurate in the past. But his rival, Suharto-era Gen. Prabowo Subianto, is refusing to concede.

» E-Mail This

Germany Widens Spy Investigation Reportedly Involving U.S.

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 08:27

News reports say police raided the home and office of an official in the German Defense Ministry. It comes just days after the arrest of a man last week for allegedly passing secrets to the U.S.

» E-Mail This

NFL Players Association Still Not Satisfied By Concussion Settlement

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 08:23

A federal judge gave preliminary approval to a concussion settlement involving thousands of former NFL players. Host Michel Martin learns more about what it could mean for players and the game.

» E-Mail This

What Gets You Stressed? Tell Our Expert Panel

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 08:05

What are the biggest sources of stress in Americans' lives? How does stress affect us? What do we do in response? Ask our panel of experts about our recent poll and get stress management tips.

» E-Mail This

Flop Life: What If We All Acted Like We Were In The World Cup?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 08:04

A new parody video depicts people gently bumping into one another in normal settings such as cafes and groceries — but with calamitous results.

» E-Mail This

As Deadline Nears, Snowden Seeks To Extend His Stay In Russia

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 07:43

Edward Snowden's asylum in Russia, which was granted last August, is set to expire at the end of this month.

» E-Mail This

Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 07:30

Republicans have not won the state where they nominated their ticket since 1992, when the party renominated the first President Bush in Houston.

» E-Mail This

Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 07:30

Republicans have not won the state where they nominated their ticket since 1992, when the party renominated the first President Bush in Houston.

» E-Mail This

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 07:20

Nagin, who became the face of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.

» E-Mail This

What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 06:54

The number of Central American children seeking entry into the U.S. has grown dramatically. The U.N. calls it a refugee crisis, but the GOP blames administration policies for encouraging migrants.

» E-Mail This

5,000 Years Old: Ancient Yew Tree Identified In Wales

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 06:53

While it's not exceptionally tall, the tree has a wide canopy. And it dates back to the era of Egypt's great pyramids.

» E-Mail This

Defending Tour De France Champ Froome Quits Race

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 06:14

After falling twice in treacherous conditions on today's stage of the bicycle race, Chris Froome is forced to abandon his quest to repeat last year's victory.

» E-Mail This

Federal prosecutors end 81 conviction win streak

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-09 06:00

A federal jury in New York found Rengan Rajaratnam not guilty of conspiracy Tuesday. While the money involved in the insider trading case was small by Wall Street standards, and Rajaratnam was not well known, the case is significant because it marks the end of an impressive win streak for federal prosecutors.

In recent years, they’ve racked up 81 straight convictions, including that of Raj Rajaratnam, the older brother of Rengan Rajaratnam. Tuesday’s verdict may signal the beginning of a period where insider trading convictions are tougher to get.

For more on the topic, click the audio player above to hear reporter Mark Garrison in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

This Kenyan Runner Can't See But He Has A Far-Reaching Vision

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 05:56

Henry Wanyoike lost his sight two years after graduating from high school. That didn't stop him from running — and bringing the joy of sports to other disabled Kenyans.

» E-Mail This

Volunteer Recap: A Bumpy (And Itchy) Ride Through Tanzania

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 05:43

Nick Stadlberger, a medical student at Dartmouth, spent a month volunteering at Muhimbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam. The scariest moment, he says, was when he boarded a dala dala bus.

» E-Mail This

ON THE AIR

KBBI is Powered by Active Listeners like You

As we celebrate 35 years of broadcasting, we look ahead to technology improvements and the changing landscape of public radio.

Support the voices, music, information, and ideas that add so much to your life.Thank you for supporting your local public radio station.

FOLLOW US

Drupal theme by pixeljets.com ver.1.4