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Come One, Come All? The Impact of Craft Breweries on Revitalisation and Community-Building

Researching Craft Beer: Understanding Production, Community and Culture in An Evolving Sector

ISBN: 978-1-80043-185-0, eISBN: 978-1-80043-184-3

Publication date: 13 December 2021

Abstract

A popular narrative connects craft breweries with revitalisation of cities, neighbourhoods or communities, particularly in locations that have suffered from deindustrialisation. Research, too, associates craft breweries with job creation, development of local economies, and with entrepreneurship, crafts production, and do-it-yourself culture. Human geographers link craft breweries with contemporary place-making and neolocalism. Neolocalism, a revived appreciation of local ingredients and production, has become both a societal phenomenon and a business proposition. Based on key indicators for neolocalism, this chapter evaluates to what degree the narrative linking craft breweries with revitalisation, neolocalism and community-building holds for seven studied Finnish craft breweries. The cases presented herein offer a more nuanced view of the phenomenon and open the narrative to variations and richer interpretations. The chapter takes a critical view on narratives that enable, maintain and create societal phenomena such as the craft beer revolution, and it adds to the growing literature on the context and consequences of craft breweries.

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Salovaara, P. (2021), "Come One, Come All? The Impact of Craft Breweries on Revitalisation and Community-Building", Clarke, D., Ellis, V., Patrick-Thomson, H. and Weir, D. (Ed.) Researching Craft Beer: Understanding Production, Community and Culture in An Evolving Sector, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 175-193. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80043-184-320211012

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