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The Bruery Sells Majority Stake to Private Equity Firm(May 22) - The Bruery chose to make Castanea a part of Famille Rue because of their talents and their appreciation and understanding of our vision, and because they want to contribute to our continuous improvement. Castanea Partners invests in businesses that have a passionate customer base and a unique position within an industry. Complete Story

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New Belgium’s Peter Bouckaert has a New Project
(May 19) - Purpose Brewing and Cellars opens in summer 2017. When you visit, you’ll find “a tasting room with small batch one-of-a-kind beer releases and our cellar room with the option for tastings,” Laura explains to She tells us they can’t wait to talk to customers about their plans for the future. Complete Story

Full Sail Releases Session Watermelon Wheat
(May 19) - Because there’s no such thing as “beermelon,” Full Sail Brewing Co. has invented the next best thing – new Session Watermelon Wheat Ale. For years, watermelons have been slammed with sledgehammers, launched from catapults, and worn as helmets. We’re giving watermelons the respect they deserve. Complete Story
Taste New York Craft Beer Challenge: The winners are
(May 18) - A first-of-its-kind contest to name New York state's best brewery ended Wednesday in a tie. Three Philosophers Quadrupel, the beer entered by Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown in the first Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge. The Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge awarded its top prize to both Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown and Roscoe Beer Co. (Trout Town) of Roscoe. Complete Story

Great Lakes Brewing Co. cans out this week, launch party set
(May 18) - Cans of several Great Lakes Brewing Co. beers will be available for the first time starting Friday, May 19. The year-round Turntable Pils and seasonals Lightkeeper Blonde Ale and Rally Drum Red Ale will be sold in Great Lakes' Gift Shop. Complete Story
Take It Easy with the 5 Best Day-Drinking Beers
(May 18) - These cloudy wheat beers are usually served in tall glasses and garnished with citrus wedges, making them perfect for warm-weather drinks. In the Bay Area and beyond, 21st Amendment's Hell or High Watermelon has been a summer hit for the past few seasons, while Clown Shoes' Clementine White brings in the citrus and aromatics by way of clementine, sweet orange peel and coriander. Complete Story

Creature Comforts Releasing Tritonia Gose with Cucumber and Lime
(May 18) - Creature Comforts Brewing Company will release Tritonia with Cucumber and Lime in May. The beer will be available on draft early May in addition to being packaged in 12-ounce cans for the first time in late May. Complete Story
7 Craft Brewers That Will Never Sell Out
(May 17) - Today, instead of predicting the bad weather, which is very easy for many of us to get caught up in, I’d like to outline a handful of breweries that I’d bet will never sell out. By selling out, I mean straight up being sold to AB-InBev/Megabrew, Heineken or Carlsberg. Complete Story

Oregon's Deschutes Brewery plans to build wastewater treatment facility
(May 17) - Deschutes Brewery in Oregon will be building its own wastewater-treatment facility. The brewery plans to invest $11.2 million into the on-site facility instead of sending its wastewater to the city and nearby farms, The Bulletin reported. Complete Story

Fat Head's Brewery expansion is official with November target date
(May 17) - The award-winning brewery will close its Sheldon Rd production facility and tap room and move to a larger facility  this fall. Fat Head's hopes to be up and running in the new location in November. Complete Story
Ninkasi Brewing Brings Back Beer Run IPA
(May 17) - Based in the heart of Track Town, U.S.A., Ninkasi Brewing Company returns Beer Run IPA to its Special Release Series. Available May through Sept. in 22-ounce bottles, on-draft, and for the first time in 12-ounce 6-packs, this IPA is crafted specifically with runners in mind marrying a rich malt complexity with a clean, tropical hop profile. Complete Story
New Holland Brewing to throw street party celebrating 20th anniversary
(May 17) - New Holland Brewing will celebrate 20 years of craft brewing this June. To celebrate the anniversary with the city of Holland and the beer that started it all, Mad Hatter IPA, New Holland Brewing will host a larger street party celebration on June 10 in downtown Holland. Complete Story
Gov. names 5 finalists in NY Craft Beer Challenge
(May 16) - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the five finalists in the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge. The finalists are invited to attend the final blind tasting event in New York City on May 17, which will be hosted and judged by Governor Cuomo and a panel of expert judges. Complete Story
Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer Gets Nationwide Draft Release Ahead of Summer Tou
r(May 16) - As Iron Maiden suits up for the North American leg of its The Book of Souls World Tour, Artisanal Imports announces a new draft initiative for the band’s beloved beer TROOPER, supported by a stunning new 3D tap handle featuring mascot “Eddie”, broader U.S. distribution and a fan photo contest. Complete Story
Genesee Brewery to put Erie Canal to use
(May 16) - The 139-year-old Genesee Brewery will be using the nearly 200-year old Erie Canal to transport 12 gigantic fermentation tanks to its Rochester facility, proving that old and seemingly outdated transportation methods, at least in New York state, are still a viable and modern-day option. Complete Story

Deschutes Brewery Launching in North Carolina in June
(May 16) - Deschutes Brewery announced today it will introduce its beers to the entire state of North Carolina next month through a network of seven distributors. The Oregon-based brewery will partner with Caffey Distributing Company; Carolina Premium Beverage; Coastal Beverage Company; Healy Wholesale Company, Inc.; Long Beverage, Inc.; Skyland Distributing Company, Inc. and United Beverages of North Carolina, LLC. Complete Story

Charlotte Craft Breweries Sue State Over Production Limits
(May 16) - Olde Mecklenburg and NoDa breweries filed the lawsuit May 15, saying the 25,000-barrel production cap and franchise law also harms consumers “by artificially inflating prices and reducing consumer choice,” The Charlotte Observer reported Monday. Complete Story
How to age beer, and why you should probably try it
(May 15) - Some who age their own beer may take a page from the wine lover’s handbook and hoard bottles in home cellars, shepherding their treasures carefully into the future as time and oxygen transmogrify the ales. Cellaring craft beer can be as rewarding as it is easy to start; all you need is space and time. Complete Story
2017 U.S. Open College Beer Championship Medal Winners, App State Takes Home a Gold
(May 12) - The U.S. Open College Beer Championship is for Colleges and Universities that teach brewing courses. This competition was held to help determine the best future brewers in North America, and Appalachian State University brought home one gold from the competition. Complete Story

Big Bend’s Tejas line takes on Mexican brands
(May 12) - One Texas brewery is doing its part to break into the conversation of Mexican-style beer, and it just so happens to be one of the closest in Texas to Mexico. Big Bend Brewing in Alpine is only about 80 miles from the border, and with its line of “Tejas” beers, it’s clearly trying to own a segment of the market that many Texas breweries have not been able to crack. Complete Story
Anchor Brewing to Release Blood Orange Blonde
(May 12) - Anchor Brewing Company announces the third release in their Pacific Siren Series, Blood Orange Blonde – a refreshingly unique blonde ale made with juicy and tart blood oranges. Blood Orange Blonde (4.5% ABV) has the delectable taste of the blood orange—deep crimson in color, with enticingly rich aroma and tangy-sweet juiciness which provides a distinctive twist to this blonde ale. Complete Story
Turner Field Redevelopment Will Include a New Brewery and Barbecue Joint
(May 12) - Smoked meats and craft beer will be among the food and drink options at the forthcoming mixed-use development that is part of the Turner Field redevelopment. Developer Carter USA has acquired Letters of Intent for a barbecue joint and a brewery on Georgia Avenue, reports Bisnow. Complete Story
The 24 most expensive cities in the world to grab a beer at the local bar
(May 12) - Grabbing a beer at the local pub shouldn't break the bank. But in some cities, making it a habit could quickly balloon into a sizable monthly cost.  In Oslo, Norway, for instance, if you go out twice a week and buy two beers each time, you'll end up spending more than $150 per month — probably more than your cell phone bill. Complete Story
Luponic Distortion 006 Features Michigan-Grown Hops
(May 11) - The next release in Firestone Walker’s Luponic Distortion revolving hop series begins rolling out next week with Revolution No. 006—a blend of seven hop varieties led by two hops grown in the up-and-coming region of Michigan. Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 006 ultimately provides a vivid taste of a unique hop “terroir.” Complete Story
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. donates $5,500 to USS Fort Worth Support Committee
(May 11) - Philanthropy has been an important element in Rahr & Sons Brewing business since opening more than a decade ago. Next month, the craft brewery will present a check for $5,594 to the USS Fort Worth Support Committee from sales of The Fort Worth American session ale. Complete Story
Massachusetts regulators: Anheuser-Busch gave away nearly $1 million worth of draught equipment and coolers
(May 11) - Massachusetts regulators Tuesday extended their crackdown on anticompetitive practices in the beer industry to the biggest target of all, Anheuser-Busch, saying the brewing giant gave illegal incentives worth nearly $1 million to hundreds of Boston bars and package stores to push sales of Budweiser while stifling those of other brewers. Complete Story

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Anheuser-Busch InBev shuts out craft beer brewers by hoarding hops
(May 11) - At a workshop in George, South Africa, earlier this month — as reported by African business publication BizCommunity — ABI noted that it wants to increase South African hop production to more than 2.2 million pounds grown on 1,235 acres. Complete Story
Solvang Brewing Company finding success in family, craft beer
(May 10) - A split focus on fancy beer, fresh foods and family-friendly fun is bringing booming success to Solvang Brewing Company. The business, which opened in Solvang in 2010, expanded to Lompoc in February and has doubled its staff over the past year. Complete Story


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