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30 Days until the start of the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship(May 1) - The entry dates for the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship will be from June 1 - June 12, 2015 with the winners announced on July 4th. The U.S. Open is the only beer competition to include professional breweries and NHC award-winning home brewers. This year, the U.S. Open is in a new location, Oxford, OH (Just outside of Cincinnati). Complete Story

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Homebrewers Across the U.S. Unite for AHA Big Brew on May 2
(May 1) - In honor of National Homebrew Day (which falls every year on May 7), each year the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May. This year, throughout the day on May 2, hundreds of bars, breweries, shops and clubs all over the country will host their local communities to brew on-site for a national, same-day homebrewing session. Complete Story 
2015 Colorado Brewers' Festival, June 26-28‏(May 1) - The 26th edition of the Colorado Brewers’ Festival (COBF) is set for June 26-28, 2015 in downtown Fort Collins. This year’s event will continue the momentum started last year with the 25th edition of the pioneering COBF, which debuted in 1989. Complete Story
American Craft Beer Week Celebrates Small and Independent Brewers for 10th Consecutive Year, May 11-17, 2015(May 1) - From the redwood forest to the Gulf stream waters, beer lovers everywhere will celebrate the country’s small and independent craft brewery renaissance during American Craft Beer Week, May 11-17. All 50 states will hold events including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more to honor the ever-advancing craft beer culture and unite tens of thousands of beer lovers nationwide. Complete Story
Adidas teams up with brewery to create craft beer inspired sneakers
(May 1) - Sneakersnstuff, a trendy shoe store in Stockholm, Sweden, has joined forces with Stockholm Brewing Co. and Adidas to released new beer-inspired sneakers and three limited edition craft beers. The new sneakers are inspired by different phases of the beer production process and the copper kettles used to make traditional Swedish brews. Complete Story

Bear Republic Brewing Mach 10 2015 Seasonal Release Out In Bottles This May
(May 1) - Are you prepared to go hypersonic? Making its mark as the newest seasonal release to join the bottled lineup this year, Mach 10™ will be making its debut this May. Available for a limited time only, this Double IPA has a deliciously unique hop profile that will tantalize your taste buds. Complete Story
Odell Brewing Mixes it up for Summer
(May 1) - In late April and early May, Odell Brewing’s Summer Montage Variety twelve pack returns with a new mix of brews including the brewery’s flagship IPA, Loose Leaf Session Ale, summer seasonal St. Lupulin, and Perle White IPA. “We hand-picked our favorite summertime brews for this year’s Montage,” said Eric Smith Director of Sales and Marketing. “Loose Leaf is back in the mix, and thanks to the outpouring support, we also brought back Perle White IPA.” Complete Story
Third Street Brewhouse offers free beer to farmers dedicated to water quality
(April 30) - Third Street Brewhouse of Cold Spring is giving farmers who score 8.5 or higher on a 1-10 scale on a water quality assessment with a free six-pack of the brewery's cream ale called Rise to the Top. Third Street is the latest incarnation of the Cold Spring Brewing Co., which started brewing near the Sauk River in 1874. Complete Story
Dinner-and-a-movie plus a brewery opening in Carmel, Indiana
(April 29) - Flix Brewhouse won't be the first theater to mix movies with food and beer when it opens Thursday in Carmel. But it will be the first to brew that beer on site. Complete Story
Scotland’s BrewDog planning brewery in Columbus, OH
(April 28) - It looks like the Scottish are coming. BrewDog, a Scotland-based craft brewer, is in talks to locate a production brewery in Columbus. “We are ... delighted to announce that we are in advanced discussions for a site in Columbus, Ohio, that would house our USA production brewery,” the company said in a release posted to its website yesterday. Complete Story
Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stone Pale Ale 2.0
(April 28) - Nearly 19 years ago, beer geek entrepreneurs Greg Koch and Steve Wagner launched Stone Brewing Co., selling the very first keg of Stone Pale Ale to San Diego County brewpub Pizza Port. Since that inaugural offering, Stone has earned a reputation for making a wide variety of bold, flavorful and often hop-centric beers. Starting today, a bold new version of Stone Pale Ale—artfully dubbed Stone Pale Ale 2.0. Complete Story
Spoiled rotten: how breweries are trying to spot bad beer through DNA
(April 28) - Standing beneath a massive, stainless steel tank that regularly holds 100 barrels worth of beer, it’s hard to imagine how something smaller than a human hair could mean tossing all of it out. Yet the tiny bacteria that could turn this brew into an acrid, undrinkable slop are lurking all around us, entirely invisible to the naked eye. These microbes are both a brewer’s best friend and worst nightmare. Complete Story
Second Self Beer Co. becomes fourth Georgia brewery to use evercan
(April 28) - Second Self Beer Co. will start using Novelis’ evercan for its Thai Wheat and Red Hop Rye brews. The Atlanta-based brewery becomes Georgia’s fourth brewery – following Red Hare Brewing, Red Brick Brewing Co. and Southbound Brewing Co. – to use the high-recycled content aluminum can sheet produced by Atlanta-based Novelis Inc. Complete Story
Ale Asylum brewery adds solar panels and climate change pledge
(April 28) - Ale Asylum, the Madison brewery with a 100-kilowatt rooftop solar electric system, has become the first Wisconsin brewery to sign a declaration to fight climate change being circulated by Ceres, a sustainability advocacy nonprofit. Complete Story
Anchor Brewing Supporting California's National and State Parks with Craft Beer
(April 27) - To celebrate the unique heritage of California’s State Parks and America’s National Parks, Anchor Brewing Company has partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) to support their efforts to conserve and enrich the natural beauty and history of parks nationwide. Through these two unique partnerships, a portion of proceeds from sales of Anchor California Lager helps to support conservation projects in parks across the country. Complete Story
Starr Hill Brewery Releases New Packaging Designs
‏(April 27) - The refresh celebrates Starr Hill’s 16-year evolution from a small, niche-focused brand to a regional craft brewery with a wide audience, while remaining true to its humble roots of bringing people together through great beer. “The new labels bring the outside of the bottle in line with what’s on the inside,” said Jack Goodall, Starr Hill’s Marketing Manager. Complete Story
Collagen-Infused Japanese Beer Promises To Make Drinkers More Attractive
(April 27) - Japanese brewery Suntory released a collagen-infused beer this month that promises to make the drinker more beautiful. The Telegraph reports that the beer, called "Precious," is being advertised with the tagline, “Guys can tell if a girl is taking collagen or not." Complete Story
Growler-beer bill passes after three years of debate in Florida Legislature
(April 27) - After a battle that lasted three years and pumped more than $1 million to lobbyists, craft breweries will soon be allowed to sell their beer in half-gallon growlers. On Friday, the Florida House voted unanimously to legalize the 64-ounce, refillable jugs, which, though a standard size in the industry, have long been illegal in this state. Complete Story
Savannah’s Southbound Brewing Co. to use Novelis' evercan
(April 27) - Southbound Brewing Co. will start offering two of its beers in aluminum cans made from Novelis Inc.’s evercan -- a certified high-recycled content aluminum can sheet. Atlanta-based Novelis’ evercan is made by recycling used beverage cans and contain a minimum 90 percent certified recycled content. Complete Story
Anchor Liberty Ale's 40th Anniversary Brew
(April 27) - Saturday, April 18 marked the 40th anniversary of the first brew of Liberty Ale in 1975. A few years ago, Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian, wrote about that first brew in 1975, which celebrated the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride on April 18, 1775. Complete Story
29 Breweries In The U.S. You Must Visit Before You Die
(April 26) - Since 1995, Dogfish has been giving beer lovers a reason to stop in Delaware. The beer that taught you how many minutes it takes to the perfect IPA, Dogfish is always churning out inventive one-offs with gorgeous labels, like a beer once brewed in China 9,000 years ago. Complete List

Kona Brewing to build Hawaii beer can brewery(April 26) - Kona Brewing Co. plans to plans to invest in a new $15 million Hawaii brewery. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports much of the new facility will produce beer packaged in cans for Hawaii distribution. It will also make all of Kona Brewing's draft beer for local consumption. Complete Story

BrewDog Launches Fourth Wave of Equity Crowdfunding
(April 26) - The Scottish brewing outfit BrewDog operates branded beer bars all over the world, ships beer to more than 50 countries, and even has its own American television show. Despite their success, company co-founders (and hosts of the popular “Brew Dogs” show) James Watt and Martin Dickie will tell you that they are representative not of esteemed entrepreneurs that came before them, but rather the brash youth that constantly seeks disruption. They’re punks. Complete Story
How the Beer Garden Came to Be
(April 26) - How the Beer Garden Came to Be(April 26) - Bad news: Starting tomorrow, you won’t be able to brew beer for about five months. That’s the deflating message that 16th-century Germans subject to the Bavarian Brauordnung (beer regulations) would have received. Fortunately, great innovations are borne of extreme limitations. From the Brauordnung sprung one of the world’s most hallowed warm-weather institutions: the beer garden. Complete Story

Craft brewer Deschutes eyeing Asheville area for brewery
(April 25) - Another major craft brewery is looking at locating a large operation in the Asheville area, which is among several sites in contention. Representatives from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon, the sixth-largest craft brewer in the country, visited Asheville in December and plan a second trip in late May. Complete Story
Yes, there are craft beers made with testicles, Peeps, and, um, poop
(April 25) - Stunt beers are a way to turn heads – and sometimes capture a little mainstream attention. Dogfish Head, for example, has Chicha – a native corn beer that is chewed by the brewers and spit out before being brewed (and boiled – so it’s sterile). The saliva, say the brewers, has enzymes that convert the starches in the corns to sugar. Complete Story
Inside Karbach Brewing Co.'s new restaurant, taproom
(April 25) - Ask the owners of Karbach Brewing Co. if they expected to embark on a $15 million expansion of their brewery only four years after they opened their doors, and the answer will probably be a resounding no. But for one of the fastest-growing breweries in the nation, that's exactly what's happening. Complete Story
Brewery opens in former Northside church in Cincinnati
(April 25) - Urban Artifact Brewing, the new brewery in a former church in Northside, opens to the public on Friday.A look inside the brewery's tap room, which shares space with a listening lounge in the basement of a former church at 1662 Blue Rock St., reveals an industrial-meets-rustic aesthetic. Complete Story
Phoenix beer entrepreneurs kickstart new brewery model, Hop Shop
(April 25) - A Phoenix startup hopes to get customers to take their love for beer to the next level and to start making their own brews. While the sales of craft beer skyrocketing and the interest in home brewing rising as well, Morgan Ringwald and his new business, Hop Shop Brewing, will give people the chance to brew and sell their own beer. Complete Story
McMenamins opening its biggest hotel/brewery in Bothell
(April 23) - The McMenamins have built a small empire of 59 pubs, breweries and hotels in Oregon with a few eateries in Washington. Now, they're bringing their biggest creation yet to Bothell. The brothers are taking the 84-year-old Anderson School and turning it into a five-acre campus of beers, bars, food, music and movies. Complete Story

Space heaters found inside old Lemp Brewery after overnight fire
(April 23) - Firefighters battled flames at the old Lemp Brewery warehouse early Wednesday morning. Fire officials said it appeared vagrants were living in the two rooms the fire was contained to because they found space heaters, electricity and other items in them. Complete Story

Craft Distilleries and Breweries Take Hold in South Bronx
(April 23) - On family trips to Puerto Rico, Rafael Barbosa got a taste for his uncle’s pitorro: a potent concoction made from sugar cane in a crude backyard still. But back home in New York City, he could never find anything like it. So teaming up with a childhood friend, Mr. Barbosa persuaded his uncle, Rafael Rodriguez, to move to New York and bring his secret recipe for “Puerto Rican moonshine” to start the Port Morris Distillery. Complete Story
Argonaut Brewing, a new Gold Rush-inspired brewery and taproom is set to open this summer
(April 23) - A new craft brewery in Rancho Cordova will have the atmosphere of an old mining town, according to its owner. Mike Ryan plans to open Argonaut Brewing Co. by June 2015. The brewery will fill approximately 5,000 square feet at 11366 Monier Park Place. Complete Story
Michigan brewers respond to Budweiser's craft beer jab
(April 22) - "Let them sip their pumpkin peach ale, we'll be brewing us some golden suds." That was the message Anheuser-Busch sent to millions of beer drinkers with their Budweiser commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLIX in February. The ad, which showed mustached, hipster-looking guys sniffing beer, poked fun of craft beer culture. Complete Story
What 3,465 Breweries Are Doing To The Hop Supply
(April 22) - I admit there’s a certain “duh” factor to this, but it’s still interesting to see the numbers. With IPA and other hoppy beers accounting for over 20% of the craft beer market, there’s not enough hops being grown to keep up with current demand, and it will only get worse as interest continues to grow, as it seems likely the popularity of hoppy beers will be with us for the foreseeable future. Complete Story
Fred Fest honors one of the founders of American craft brewing
(April 22) - Alan Sprints, Lisa Morrison and Preston Weesner started Fred Fest as an 80th birthday party for Fred Eckhardt, the Dean of American Beer Writers, and now it's in its 10th year, meaning that Fred is turning 89. Why in this youth-obssessed culture would we celebrate a man's 89th year? Complete Story
Beverage World's 2015 Craft Brewer of the Year: Brooklyn Brewery
(April 22) - “It’s like the power of water, dripping, eating through rocks, it’s unstoppable,” Steve Hindy raises both hands shoulder level, fingers pointed toward the floor, bobbing up and down in a mime of trickling water. “That’s sort of what’s happening with craft beer now. I don’t think you can stop it because it’s people who are driving it. Complete Story
BridgePort boss donates $1 million for OSU research brewery
(April 21) - Oregon State University's fermentation science program has received a $1 million gift from Carlos Alvarez, the chairman and chief executive officer of The Gambrinus Company, a San Antonio-based beer company that owns BridgePort Brewing Company in Portland. Complete Story
Stone Brewing Releases Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0
(April 21) - In June 2002, Stone Brewing Co. introduced the world's first full-time brewed and bottled West Coast double IPA, Stone Ruination IPA. Massively hopped and aggressively bitter, it helped spark the ever-growing desire among legions of craft beer fans for over-the-top hop flavors and aromas. Complete Story
Kickstarter Fund for Pointless Brewery & Theatre Successful
(April 21) -And just like that, 39 days of fundraising comes to a close. 522 people from around the world have come together to support this project, raising $52,537. To each and every one of you that pledged, that shared this project, that encouraged your friends to donate, you have our deepest thanks. Complete Story

Kickstarter Fund for 10K Brewing's First Taproom and Brewery Successfull
(April 21) - 335 backers contributed $22,329 so far. Meeting our funding goal with 10 days still remaining in our campaign! We are completely blown away and could not be happier with how well this campaign has gone! It never ceases to amaze us how far Minnesota Nice goes. Complete Story

Brew basics classes on tap at Vermont Tech College
(April 20) - Students will soon earn college credits for brewing their own beer. Vermont Technical College is offering a brewing short course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning May 11 and running through May 17. It’s the second consecutive year this course has been offered on hands-on brewing with skilled instructors from an industry that has shown incredible growth. Complete Story
Threat of lightning, tornado doesn't stop Atlanta's SweetWater 420 Fest
(April 20) - A tornado watch and the threat of lightning caused organizers to delay by a half-hour the final day of the SweetWater 420 Fest music festival held in downtown Atlanta. Ultimately, the skies lightened and the show continued. It was a largely soggy affair, but the three-day music event still drew tens of thousands of music fans. Complete Story

Oregon craft brewers made one out of every five beers sold in Oregon in 2014
(April 20) - Craft Brewers Conference was about what it will take for craft beer to reach the next level, defined in this case as a 20 percent market share, something we've already achieved. Once again, Oregon's brewing community leads the nation. Complete Story
Southern Grist Brewing on tap for Porter Road in East Nashville
(April 19) - Southern Grist Brewing Co. is expected to open in the fall in the 2,300-square-foot building formerly home to Boone & Sons Neighborhood Market at 1201 Porter Road. In addition to the on-site brewery operation, the business will include a taproom for customers to drink its specialty craft beers. Complete Story
Michigan made: North Center Brewery opens in Northville
(April 19) - Just an idea four years ago, the taps at North Center Brewery are now filling pint glasses and the doors are open for beer lovers to give this new Northville business a taste test. Owner Kevin DeGrood and his team wanted to create a look and atmosphere celebrating an ultimate craft beer experience. Complete Story
Brooklyn Brewery Dares Diners To Eat Like Dutch Settlers
(April 19) - You can find food from just about any part of the world in New York City. The Brooklyn Brewery is trying to push New Yorkers' palates even further by going back in time. This week, it hosted a dinner party inspired by the local cuisine of Dutch settlers and Native Americans in the 1650s. Complete Story

Ben & Jerry's Is Making Beer, Just Try To Contain Your Excitement
(April 16) - Ben & Jerry's is partnering with New Belgium Brewing to release a beer in the fall of 2015. The beer will come in 22oz bottles and contain 6.3 percent alcohol. Additionally, the beer collaboration will benefit an organization called "Protect Our Winters," which helps fight the effects of climate change on mountains. Complete Story
Tommyknocker Brewery opens location in Helsinki
(April 16) - Tommyknocker Brewery of Idaho Springs has opened a bar in Finland to serve its beer — a location that is believed to be the first branded American craft beer bar in Europe. Partnering with Finnish investor group Captol Invest, the company launched The Tommyknocker Craft Beer Bar. Complete Story
First Cape Coral brewery projected to open June
(April 16) - Cape Coral Brewing is projected to open mid to late June downtown. The facility is 6500 square feet and will seat more than 100 people in its tasting room. It plans to offer a variety of homemade brews on tap, a hand-painted bar top by local artist Marie Dyer, brewery tours and take-home growlers. Complete Story 
Zilker Brewing opens as urban brewery in Austin, Texas
(April 16) - Zilker Brewing has finally opened on East Sixth Street after a few years of planning and permitting delays — and it’s exactly the sort of neighborhood brewery that brothers Forrest and Patrick Clark and their longtime friend Marco Rodriguez had been envisioning, ever since one of their beers, the Marco IPA, took home a gold medal at their first homebrew competition. Complete Story
New Belgium Brewing Honored as "Best For the Environment"(April 15) - “It is a great honor to once again receive a ‘Best for the World’ designation,” said Katie Wallace, assistant director of sustainability for New Belgium. “Environmental responsibility and advocacy is a core value, taken very seriously here at New Belgium. We know we are profitable not in spite of our social and environmental efforts, but because of them. Complete Story
Widmer Brothers Brewery announces $10 million expansion
(April 14) - Widmer Brothers Brewery Tuesday announced it will spend $10 million on an expansion project for its North Portland brewery location. The project, which will expand Widmer's annual capacity by 200,000 to 750,000 barrels, is expected to be completed by 2017. Complete Story
Elysian's head brewer resigns after Anheuser-Busch sale
(April 15) - A Seattle craft brewing pioneer called it quits Monday, citing his evermore successful company’s recent sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev as the catalyst for his departure. Dick Cantwell, head brewer and co-founder of the Elysian Brewing Company, wrote to the Washington Beer Blog Monday morning to announce his resignation. Complete Story
Portland welcomes Craft Brewers Convention with 100-plus beer events
(April 13) - People get ready, because more than 10,500 craft-beer professionals are headed to Portland for this week's Craft Brewers Conference and trade show April 14-17. Or 15,000, counting partners and posses. Complete Story
New Belgium and CEO Kim Jordan Give $1 Million to Colorado State
(April 13) - New Belgium Brewing today announced a $1 million gift to Colorado State University that will update and renovate facilities housing the university’s Fermentation Science and Technology program. Complete Story

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Denver's Blue Moon Will Open a Second Pilot Brewery(April 13) - Twenty years after Coors opened what would become Blue Moon Brewing inside Coors Field, the company says it plans to open a second brewery about a mile away in the burgeoning River North arts district. Complete Story
Portland's top 10 beer bars
(April 13) - This week, for the first time since 2001, the Craft Brewer's Conference returns to America's greatest craft beer city, bringing 12,000 attendees and too many connected beer events to count. There should be no shortage of places to find great beer. Complete Story
Alabama craft brewery expansions hinge on 'take home' sales bill
(April 13) - The legislative leadership in Montgomery has targeted economic development as a first priority during the 2015 session. In 48 states, craft breweries or brewpubs are allowed to sell their products to visitors to take home. Alabama, however, puts its breweries and brewpubs at a competitive disadvantage by prohibiting take-home direct sales. Complete Story
Toppling Goliath Brewing, one of the Davids of the U.S. beer industry, just got a bigger slingshot
(April 13) - Until now, Toppling Goliath could produce only about 3,200 barrels annually. A new partnership with Lakeland, Fla.-based Brew Hub, to be formally announced this week at the Craft Brewers Conference, is likely to up production of its beers to about 15,000 barrels within the first 12 months. Complete Story

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