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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
 

Craft Beer of the Day:
Sweetwater 420
Craft Brewery of the Day:
 Sweetwater Brewing in Atlanta, GA
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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
  
Kickstarter: 10K Brewing has over 300 backers and is less than $400 to our funding goal.
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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
 
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
 
Jazzy brewery opens in Five Points, Colorado
(April 13) - Former Great Divide brewers Austin Wiley, Darren Boyd and Taylor Rees opened jazz-themed Spangalang Brewery last week in Five Points. The idea has been brewing for about a year, Wiley said, and started to gel once Spangalang’s bit of Welton Street real estate hit the market in 2014. Complete Story
 
Thirsty in Snow Hill, Maryland? Not for long with new brewery
(April 12) - An Ocean City fire in February left 20 people without a home and forced a brewpub to close for business. The blaze happened just days before new brewery equipment was to be moved into the building. The De Lazy Lizard had been using the ground floor of the 19-unit building to craft its own beer. Complete Story
 

Dentist in Crozet Transforms Moose Lodge into Farm Brewery in Virgina(April 11) - A dentist in Crozet is turning an old landmark into Albemarle County's first farm brewery. A new state law is speeding up that process. John Schoeb bought the old Moose Lodge in Crozet, and because it's not a traditional commercial business, the property doesn't have to go through a rezoning process. Complete Story

 
Japan brewery hops back after devastating tsunami
(April 11) - At Kirin Brewery, a leading Japanese brand and one of the country's oldest makers, 400 staff scrambled out of the factory in Sendai to escape as 70 million beer cans floated away in a series of massive waves that followed the magnitude-9 quake on March 11, 2011. But the brewery and several other businesses in the area had a plan in place to deal with such a disaster. Complete Story
 
Niagara College students invited public to Craft Beer fest
(April 9) - Graduates of the brewmaster and brewery operations management program at Niagara College are going to showcase what’s been coming together in their pots this weekend. Niagara College’s Craft Beer Festival, which is taking place at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus on 135 Taylor Rd. from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., provides an opportunity for the 22 graduates to put theory into practice and show everyone what they have learned during their two-year program. Complete Story

Sea Dog Sunfish is Tops in Orlando
(April 9) - Sea Dog Brewing Company’s popular Sea Dog Sunfish beer was awarded first place in the People’s Choice category at The Downtown Brew in Orlando, Florida. Held on March 14 in downtown Orlando, Sea Dog Sunfish was selected from nearly 40 beers offered by more than 20 breweries. Complete Story
 
Four Peaks wins Thrillist's Best Brewery in America
(April 9) - Four Peaks Brewing Company has edged all 63 of its competitors to win Thrillist's Beer Madness bracket. On Wednesday, the Tempe brewery was named the best craft brewery in America based on online voting. Four Peaks made it to the finals against Founders Brewing Co. from Grand Rapids, Mich., and narrowly won with 51.12% of the votes. Complete Story 
 
Four Peaks wins Thrillist's Best Brewery in America
(April 9) - Four Peaks Brewing Company has edged all 63 of its competitors to win Thrillist's Beer Madness bracket. On Wednesday, the Tempe brewery was named the best craft brewery in America based on online voting. Four Peaks made it to the finals against Founders Brewing Co. from Grand Rapids, Mich., and narrowly won with 51.12% of the votes. Complete Story 
 
Sun King plans small brewery, tap room in Fishers
(April 9) - Sun King Brewing plans to open a tap room and small-batch brewery in Fishers in June, the Indianapolis company announced Wednesday. The 6,000-square-foot facility in the North by Northeast Shopping Center at 7848 E. 96th St., will not interfere with Sun King’s proposal to open a much larger $8.8 million brewery and event center about a half-mile away. Complete Story
 
AB asks folks to drink beer -- any beer
(April 9) - For all the money that the beer giants spend each year eager to brand their own brews, this new digital campaign is a head-scratcher: "Let's Grab a Beer." Not let's grab a Bud. Or a Bud Light. Or even a Coors. Just an unbranded "Let's Grab a Beer." Complete Story
 
8 things you may not know about beer
(April 8) - That cold brew you may be drinking today has been places — from the testing site of nuclear bomb to different states of matter. Here are 8 things to keep in mind the next time you enjoy a glass. Complete Story
 
8 Reasons to Love Beer on National Beer Day—or Any Day Really
(April 8) - Contrary to popular belief, not every day is National Beer Day. This very important holiday is held annually on April 7, and to celebrate, we're counting some of the reasons beer is a beverage we love above all others. Complete Story
           
13 Quirky Beer And Tax Facts On National Beer Day
(April 8) -National Beer Day falls on April 7 and commemorates the day that beer was once again allowed to be legally manufactured and sold following a long, dry Prohibition. On March 22, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Cullen–Harrison Act into law which moved the U.S. away from Prohibition by allowing the manufacture and sale of beer which was approximately 4% alcohol by volume and some wines. Complete Story
 
Aspiring Craft Brewers Hit The Books To Get Science Chops
(April 8) - Now Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., says it's going to offer a four-year program in "Sustainable Craft Brewing," which will focus on good water management. It will be rigorous, according to the university, and students will have to take many of the same science classes as their peers in the premedical program. Complete Story
 
BreakRoom Brewery Has One of the Best-Looking Bars in Chicago
(April 8) - Dark, cramped watering holes, be damned: the new BreakRoom Brewery brewpub (2925 W. Montrose Ave., Albany Park, 773-564-9534) goes big and bright in fine style, making it a laidback and lovely addition to the city’s craft beer scene. Complete Story

Peddler Brewing forced to change beer name after 'cease-and-desist'
(April 8) - Ballard-based Peddler Brewing Company recently renamed their Tangerine Wheat to Tangerine Hefeweizen after receiving a letter from Lost Coast Brewing Company. The Eureka, California-based brewer has a trademark on the term "Tangerine Wheat," it said, arguing the name is "a well-recognized mark in (the) brewery's production, sales, and related services." Complete Story
 
New Missoula brewery capitalizing on locally famous brand
(April 8) - A new brewery is bringing back an old favorite, and Highlander Beer Brand will experience a complete revival at the Missoula Brewing Company. Craft brewery in Montana has seen plenty of new and original brands make a splash but historically, the Highlander Brand remains one of the state's most popular. Complete Story

Grab a stool; it's National Beer Day
(April 7) - National Beer Day came into being on April 7, 1933. Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt had taken the first step toward ending Prohibition. For the first time in 13 years, people were allowed to buy and sell beer, as long as it had less than 4 percent alcohol by volume. Complete Story
 
Southern Tier Brewing Company Voted 'Ultimate Craft Beer Bracket' Champ
(April 6) - Online readers of USA Today recently voted Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood the best craft brewery in the nation. Southern Tier beat out 31 other breweries in the Ultimate Craft Beer Bracket. "It's a great idea, yeah, yeah. It was really something," said Nathan Arnone, Southern Tier Brewing Company brand manager. Complete Story
 
Most Loved Beer Label goes to Newburgh Brewing
(April 7) - After two weeks and thousands of votes, Newburgh Brewing Co.'s Cream Ale beer label was crowned the 2015 winner of CNBC's Most Loved Label competition, besting Founders Brewing's Dark Penance by a final tally of 2,101 to 1,148. Complete Story
 
 How Some Craft Breweries Are Greening Your Beer - Without You Knowing It
(April 6) - There are many ways California’s punishing drought is affecting the entire country, even if we can’t see or feel it. This includes craft beer which uses roughly five to six pints of water to brew one pint of beer. Some savvy and eco-conscious breweries like Stone Brewing Company, based in Escondido, California, just north of San Diego and nestled among gentle rolling hills and avocado and citrus groves, use about 33 percent less water. Complete Story

Barrels & Bottles Brewery creates craft beer with Peeps
(April 6) - The head brewer at Barrels & Bottles Brewery, Collins made a test batch of beer with Peeps last spring, and decided it was worth trying again. The beer is an English-style bitter with an alcohol content by volume of about 6 percent. Complete Story
 
Think craft beer is just a guy thing? Don't tell that to these Syracuse women
(April 6) - Stacey Juston of Liverpool was tired of only being offered fruit beers or Michelob Ultra -- or being told, 'You must like Blue Moon.' " Megan Bushneck of Cazenovia wanted to attend beer festivals to try new things but was afraid of "sounding like an idiot." Complete Story
 
Brewers taking maple from tree taps to the beer tap
(April 5) - The maple sap bubbling away in Ron Davis’ upstate New York sugar house is destined for pancakes, waffles, sweets and — for years now — beer kegs. The syrup adds a touch of woodsy sweetness to the maple amber beer made by nearby Chatham Brewing, among the craft brewers nationwide bridging the gap between tree tap and bar tap. Complete Story
 
Catawba Brewing opens in Asheville
(April 4) - After years of planning, Catawba Brewing will open its seven-barrel Asheville specialty brewery and tasting room on Friday along the busy South Slope brewing district. It's the sixth brewery in that area and the 19th in Asheville and Buncombe County, which has become one of the nation's top craft beer destinations with national, regional and local breweries and hundreds of employees. Complete Story
 
New Belgium's Asheville brewery taking shape
(April 3) - Months of backbreaking labor are paying off at the $140 million New Belgium Brewing construction site in West Asheville. Brewery walls are up, the roof is on and the big beer tanks are set. Now, steel is going up for the brewery's Liquid Center tasting room. Complete Story
 
Schell’s Stag Series #9: Cave-Aged, Barrel-Aged Lager
(April 3) - In the early days of lager brewing in the United States, before the advent of mechanical refrigeration, the first thing a would-be brewer had to do when building a brewery is dig a cave. Caves provided the cool and constant temperature needed for the fermentation and conditioning of lager beer. Complete Story
 
It Looks Like There's a New Beer Mile World Record
(April 3) - James "Jimbo" Hansen, 21, posted a video on Youtube of his attempt at the beer mile—drinking a beer, running a lap around a track, then repeating three more times—in his hometown of Launceston, Tasmania. The video shows him running the mile in 4:56.25, which would break Nielsen's official world record time of 4:57.0 that he set last year. Complete Story
 
Nine New Breweries Recently or Soon-to-Be Opened in Dallas
(April 3) - Over the last few years, DFW has become an oasis for beer drinkers, with more than 25 area-based breweries, an extraordinary number when compared to other major cities in Texas. And that number's growing: Here, a list of upcoming brewery and taproom openings, events that will only add to the sprawling menu of options for local beer snobs. Complete Story
 
Best baseball stadiums for craft beer in the US
(April 3) - Going to a game is always thrilling, from the rush you feel the first moment you walk through the tunnel and that emerald green field opens up before you to the memories brought back from games you experienced years ago. Even for the casual sports fan, baseball is the perfect excuse to chow down on a hot dog, nibble some nachos, and wash it all down with a beer… or three. Complete Story
 
Brewery pranks run wild for April Fools' Day
(April 2) - Beer people are funny, especially on April Fools' Day. John Holl, who writes for All About Beer magazine, pranked the state of Wisconsin into heart palpitations with his story that New Glarus Brewing was leaving Wisconsin for Minnesota. Complete Story
 
First gluten-free brewery opens in Washington state
(April 2) - Every bottle filled, capped, and boxed up at Ghostfish Brewing Company marks a shift in the history of beer. Everything on the menu at the SODO-based brewery is gluten-free. It's the first brewery of its kind in Washington State. Complete Story
 
Yuengling ousts Boston Beer as top U.S. craft brewery
(April 1) - Samuel Adams has lost its spot atop the list of the top U.S. craft breweries. In its place: Yuengling. Boston Beer Co., which makes Samuel Adams beers, actually shipped 20% more barrels than in 2013. What made it slip a notch on the Brewers Association's list of top brewers was a change in the trade group's definition of what can be considered a craft brewery. Complete Story
 
April Fools! Craft brewers and suppliers roll out the fakes, farces and tomfoolery
(April 1) - We have our fair share of wiseasses in the craft brewing community, and for this, we are thankful. We work in an industry full of big personalities, creative entrepreneurs and alcohol, which is a perfect recipe for April 1. On April Fools’ Day our inbox fills up with prank press releases, and each year these announcements get more and more creative. The only downside: These tales are not true (but really, someone should make helium beer). Complete Story
  
Founders Breakfast Stout illegal in New Hampshire
(April 1) - Babies and bottles normally get along just fine, unless a picture of that baby happens to be plastered to the front of a bottle of beer being sold in New Hampshire. Currently, that bottle of Breakfast Stout crafted by Founders Brewery Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is illegal in the Granite State but legislation proposed this year would permit brewers to peddle their ales, stouts, porters and lagers even if the label shows images of minors. Complete Story
 
The Top Brewers In The World
(April 1) - The top 100 brewers in the world according to reviews taken last year and weighted by performance within and outside of style, balanced by indicators of depth. The winners here are presented by top 10 and country of origin and reflect the top performing brewers of over 19,000 listed at RateBeer. All winners in this category are eligible for award certificates. Complete Story
 
Oskar Blues to Acquire Michigan’s Perrin Brewing
(March 30) - Oskar Blues has agreed to purchase Michigan’s Perrin Brewing Company, a smaller craft operation founded in 2011. The pickup may be the first in a series of investments for Oskar Blues, a top-25 craft brewery. Complete Story
 
Ancient Egyptian beer-brewing vessels unearthed in Israel
(March 29) - Fragments of ancient beer-brewing basins unearthed in Tel Aviv indicate that Egyptians more than 5,000 years ago had settled farther north than previously known and were imbibing in what is now Israel's most hard-partying city. Complete Story

New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer & Film Tour Traveling to 20 Cities in 2015
(March 30) - New Belgium Brewing is taking its 2015 Clips Beer & Film Tour to twenty cities coast-to-coast. The beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show will run from May to October, during its sixth season. Clips is a free event, with all proceeds from beer sales going to local nonprofits. Complete Story
 
Dayton Beer ramps up its profile with new brewery
(March 30) - Housed in a strip mall in suburban Kettering, the Dayton Beer Co. is downright tiny. There’s a microscopic bar. Limited seating. Paltry parking space. And confined brewing area. But get ready to toss all those small synonyms out the window. Dayton Beer is about to get big and raise its profile with a new brewery. Complete Story

10K Brewing will be Anoka's first craft brewery and taproom
(March 29) -A new company called 10K Brewing announced this week that it signed a lease on a 1,900-square-foot section of the Bank Block, a 130-year-old building owned by Council Member Jeff Weaver at the corner of Second Street and Main in Anoka. Complete Story
 
Here Comes the IRS: Two Versions of 2015 Stone Imperial Russian Stout Released
(March 30) - Each spring, craft beer enthusiasts actually look forward to encountering the IRS—Stone Imperial Russian Stout, that is. A rich, hearty beer that emphasizes the roasty, chocolaty essence of dark malts, it stands out from Stone Brewing Co.’s typically hoppy stock, with a smooth, velvety body that’s tasty when fresh, yet also perfectly suited for long periods of cellaring. Complete Story
 
Chicago Retailer Drops SweetWater Brew Over 'Sexist, Borderline Racist' Bottle
(March 30) - Does SweetWater Brewing Company push the envelope too far with its Happy Ending imperial stout? One Chicago retailer thinks so, reports the Chicago Tribune. SweetWater recently entered the Windy City market, but Binny's Beverage Depot manager Adam Vavrick won't carry Happy Ending in his store. Complete Story
 
Fire destroys Boulder Creek Brewery and Cafe
(March 29) - An early morning fire destroyed the Boulder creek Brewery and cafe, according to the Boulder Creek Fire Chief Gabe Vega. Fire crews responded to a report of a fire at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, from an employee at the restaurant. Upon arrival, fire crews found the upstairs office fully engulfed and called a second alarm, Vega said. Complete Story
  
Three Floyds Brewing cuts off packaged sales on Dark Lord Day
(March 29) - Dark Lord Day — April 25 — is circled on the calendar of many craft beer enthusiasts this year, but there will be one slight change to the sold-out proceedings at Munster's Three Floyds Brewing this year — packaged beer sales will not be available on site. Complete Story

The ultimate craft beer bracket: Final Four
(March 27) - There were 32 craft breweries on Monday when we began the ultimate craft beer bracket. Now, the four greatest as determined by our readers remain. Out of the East Region, Southern Tier overcame The Alchemist in the first round before pulling off two massive upsets against overall No. 1 Dogfish Head and No. 2 Victory. Complete Story and Bracket

Men's Journal The 101 Best Beers in America
(March 27) - There's never been a better time to be a beer drinker. There's also never been a more confusing time. Over the past five years, the number of craft breweries has more than doubled, to nearly 3,500, cranking out countless new ales, lagers, porters, and stouts in all 50 states. Complete Story
 
Sam Adams founder Jim Koch taps into craft brewing, taxes and small business loans
(March 27) - Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch may be the country’s biggest craft brewer at just over 1 percent of the U.S. beer market, but he still identifies with the plight of small businesses — something evident this week when he joined several other craft brewers in Washington to lobby for the Small BREW Act, a bill that would reduce the federal excise tax on beer for small and medium-sized breweries. Complete Story
 
Top beer brands soon to list calories
(March 26) - Nutritional labelling on alcoholic drinks could become the norm after four of the world’s biggest brewers backed plans to add calorie counts to their products in Europe — and the US potentially is their next stop. Complete Story
 
Alchemist gets permit to build Stowe brewery
(March 26) - The Alchemist Brewery was issued a land use permit Wednesday to build a new brewery in Stowe. The permit was granted by the District 5 Environmental Commission. It was issued to the brewery and to Baraw Enterprises, owner of Stoweflake Resort. Complete Story
 
The ultimate craft beer bracket: The Elite Eight
(March 25) - The Sweet Sixteen of the ultimate craft beer bracket saw two major upsets, as one seeds Lagunitas and Dogfish Head were run over by Stone and Southern Tier respectively. We move into the Elite Eight with absolutely no idea who the favorite is or what will happen next. Complete Story 
  

Foreign markets thirsty for America's craft beer
(March 25) - America’s craft beer industry isn’t just taking away market share from Budweiser, Miller and Coors. It’s starting to impact brewers in other countries as well. Craft beer export volume was up by 35.7% in 2014 for a total of $99.7 million, according to the Brewers Association, the trade group for American independent craft brewers. Complete Story
 
Pub Sheds Are What’s Been Missing From Your Life
(March 25) - Everyone needs their space to escape to after a long day, crack open a cold one, and just relax, undisturbed. It’s the whole idea behind the “man cave.” But trust me, it applies to women, too. Hear me out for a second now…what if that escape place was…your shed? Complete Story

Most loved beer label contest: Underdogs to watch
(March 25) - The contest features breweries of all sizes. On Monday, CNBC looked at some of the larger players in the contest that will be tough to beat. Now, here are three potential Cinderella labels that could make some noise in the brackets this year. What these breweries may lack in size, they make up for in label flair. Complete Story

White Squirrel to open as community brewery in Bowling Green, Kentucky
(March 25) - On 871 Broadway Avenue, there is a maroon building that houses a dream that has been brewing for about three years. By this May, WKU alumni Jason Heflin, Sean Stevens and Damon Wilcox hope to open the White Squirrel Brewery. While the decision to start a brewery together has been an idea in the making for nearly three years, the three men’s experience with the craft goes back further than that. Complete Story
 
New Hi-Wire brewery coming to Biltmore Village
(March 25) - Asheville's Hi-Wire Brewing will build its $3 million expansion brewery on the edge of Biltmore Village, a project that will greatly boost its beer production and add 25 jobs to its workforce. The new Hi-Wire space, dubbed the "Big Top," is at 2 Huntsman Place, just behind Appalachian Vintner off Biltmore Avenue. Complete Story
 
How we're killing craft beer classics: The death of Stone Ruination
(March 24) - Breweries do not casually make decisions about murdering iconic brands. It’s sad but true: Ruination is just not selling the way it once did. I’ve seen this scenario play out in my day to day as a sales rep, watching as we pick up out of date Ruination and are ultimately forced to replace it with some newer, special, or limited release. Complete Story

 
The ultimate 32-team craft beer bracket
(March 24) - There are few topics more hotly debated than sports. Over the years, craft beer has risen to the top of that list. Since 2007, craft beer sales have soared as new breweries have opened at a dizzying pace. Craft beer is responsible for 14.3 percent of the $100 billion-dollar beer market, thanks to innovation, creativity, and an unwillingness to be like your dad’s lager. Complete Story
                               
Bell's Brewery releases Oberon beer for 2015 season
(March 24) - Larry Bell, the brewery's owner says the summer wheat beer isn't available year round because it's simply designed for warm weather consumption. Many bars across metro Detroit are gearing up for the release with special Oberon parties. Complete Story
 
What are Cincy's favorite local beers?
(March 24) - No surprise: Cincinnatians love their local IPAs. The two most popular beers by far were Rhinegeist's Truth IPA and MadTree's: PsycHOPathy IPA. Truth just barely won out, earning 1,011 points over PsycHOPathy's 1,005. (For comparison, the third most popular beer with survey respondents, MadTree's Happy Amber, scored 770 points, well below the top two.) Complete Story

Donum Dei Brewery opens in New Albany, Indiana
(March 24) - Kentuckiana's newest craft brewery just wants to fit in. Donum Dei Brewery, located off Grant Line Road in New Albany, opened last week after about three years of planning and is now gunning to join the burgeoning craft beer community — which has seen four local breweries open within the past year. Complete Story
 
Register for the AHA National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego, June 11-13
(March 23) - The AHA National Homebrewers Conference is a fun, educational gathering designed to enhance homebrewers’ brewing skills and knowledge and increase homebrewing camaraderie. Special seminars and events cater to beer enthusiasts and amateur brewers of every level. Complete Story
 
Back Forty Beer Company Releases Seasonal Paw Paw’s Peach Wheat
(March 23) - Spring is here, which means Back Forty Beer Co.’s Paw Paw’s Peach Wheat is back. As one of Back Forty’s most popular seasonal beers, this unique peach wheat ale celebrates the return of warm weather by bringing together two Southern staples for spring: peaches and craft beer. Complete Story
 
Shipyard Brewing Releases its first lager, Imperial Pilsner
(March 23) - Shipyard Brewing Company announces the release of its first lager, Imperial Pilsner. Available this spring in bottles and on tap, this pilsner is a unique blend of German pilsner and imperial IPA. This brew is bright gold and full-bodied with a hint of sweetness up-front and a round, dry finish. A pure American creation that balances malt and a big hop profile. Complete Story
 
Firestone Walker's Easy Jack is Back
(March 23) - Firestone Walker Brewing Company launched Easy Jack last year as a different kind of session IPA, one with surprising complexity fostered by a rare selection of newer hop varieties from around the world. But the brewery learned the hard way what “rare” really meant when it launched Easy Jack as a summer seasonal—and then promptly ran out of the hops by mid-summer, spelling an early end to Easy Jack. Complete Story  
 
New Demented Brewery opening in Middlesex Boro, NJ(March 23) - The best thing that ever happened to Tom Zuber was losing his job in January. That allowed the software engineer to pursue full-time his dream — his "passion"— of opening his own brewery, just a few months after he was laid off from a New York company that downsized. Complete Story
 
Couple opening Pointless Brewery & Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan(March 23) - For Tori Tomalia, and her husband Jason, life has taken them through an unexpected journey, as Tori was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2013. Through medication, Tori has been able to manage her cancer, but the process made her and Jason realize there was no time like now to make their dreams come true. Complete Story
  
More gas stations want to sell beer on tap
(March 23) - Move over slushy machines. Gas stations and convenience stores are making room for a more adult beverage dispenser. Draft beer taps where customers can have 64-ounce growlers filled with beer to go have been installed in dozens of gas stations, grocery stores and other retailers around the country. Complete Story
 
“Grateful Red:” Capital Brewery debuts Badgers-themed beer just in time for March Madness!
(March 20) - Watching the games and wearing red isn’t the only way to cheer on the #1 seed Wisconsin Badgers as they begin NCAA Tournament play this week. There’s a new Badgers-themed beer, available just in time for March Madness! “Grateful Red” is the name of Capital Brewery’s newest beer. While the red IPA isn’t affiliated with the University of Wisconsin or the Badgers basketball team, they’re hoping it’s the drink of choice for many during the big dance. Complete Story

Is IPA responsible for the growth of the craft beer industry?
(March 20) According to the Brewers Association, in 2014 IPA was up 47 percent by volume and 49 percent by dollar sales, accounting for 21 percent volume share of craft and 23 percent dollar share of off-premise beer sales. Among all the different style of craft beer out there, one out of every five beers sold was an IPA. Complete Story
 
First Fort Collins craft brewery reopens after 13 years
(March 20) - The year was 1989. Colorado law had changed just 10 months earlier to allow for the production and sale of beer in one facility. In Fort Collins, Anheuser-Busch was the only brewery, though CooperSmith's Pub and Brewery and Odell Brewing Co. were both racing to open for business. In August of that year, Old Colorado Brewing Co. beat them to it, becoming the first microbrewery in Fort Collins and one of the first in Colorado. Complete Story
 
Asheville's Catawba brewery opening days away
(March 20) - Asheville's latest craft brewery should be open and pouring beers by the end of March. Catawba Brewing has targeted March 30 to open its tasting room at 32 Banks Ave., if a certificate of occupancy and alcohol permits are completed, said Billy Pyatt, who is opening the brewery with his brother Scott. Complete Story
 
It’s time for craft beer brewers to stop acting like children
(March 20) - When you have more than 3,700 brewers, some toes are going to be stepped on. Those digits should never belong to a brewery’s customers. Observers like to dedicate a lot of breath and letters to craft beer’s litigious side. Brewers are running out of names, they say. They’re trying to trademark fairly universal beer terms such as IPA and nitro. Complete Story

 
Wicked Weed breaks ground on Enka brewery
(March 19) - Groundbreaking started Wednesday on the new $5 million Wicked Weed production brewery in Enka, the latest construction project on the booming Asheville craft beer scene. Wicked Weed is building its expansion at the Enka Commerce Park west of Asheville. The 40,000-square-foot building will let Wicked Weed ramp up brewing production to 50,000 barrels of beer annually, making it one of the larger brewers in the region. The brewery will add 82 jobs. Complete Story

               
Latitude 42 named Michigan Brewery of the Year by international competition
(March 19) - Latitude 42 Brewing Co. has been named Michigan Brewery of the Year by judges of an international competition. The Portage microbrewery announced its award from the New York International Beer Competition this week. The competition uses trade judges including retail store buyers, restaurant owners, beverage directors, distributors and importers. Complete Story
  
Stone crab beer? Two Florida breweries are making it a reality
(March 19) - There’s nothing better on a hot Florida day than stone crabs and beer. But how about stone crabs in beer? Jupiter’s Tequesta Brewing Co. and the upstart Tampa brewery Coppertail Brewing Co. want you to rethink that combination. Complete Story
   
New craft brewery opens in St. John, Indiana
(March 19) - The Saint John Malt Brothers’ new Triple Threat Belgian microbrew starts with an explosion of fruity aroma, followed by a Belgian malt build and finishes with hints of clove and nutmeg. And at 9.5 percent alcohol, you’ll have to sip it slowly from a snifter or it truly will become a triple threat. Complete Story
 
New beer bill could have negative impact on Texas breweries
(March 18) - The craft beer industry has taken off in Texas in the past few years. In 2013, several beer-centric legislation helped brewers grow their business. This time around, there’s a proposal that might hurt the way they do business. Complete Story
 
DC's Newest Beer Release Smells Like Marijuana
(March 18) - On Tuesday night, a protest beer from the District’s own DC Brau brewery will cater to fans who savor the flavor of marijuana. “Smells of Freedom” is DC Brau’s newest seasonal india pale ale, made in collaboration with Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery. It does not, however, contain actual weed. Complete Story
 
Changing from home brewer to brewery
(March 18) - Five years ago, Craig McBay was a single guy experimenting with brewing his own beer. He tried it and he liked it. Weeks turned into months and McBay began entering local competitions and studying the industry. It soon became apparent to his fiancée, Cheryl, that there was a future for them not only as a couple but as entrepreneurs. Complete Story
 
More Americans Are Learning to Love Beer That Actually Tastes Like Something
(March 18) - America's craft breweries are thirsty for a lot more market share. By 2020, the trade association representing small and independent brewers in the U.S. says, its members will satisfy 20 percent of the country's beer consumption. Complete Story
  
It's no longer Guinness time
(March 17) - This year, Diageo hopes to sell 7.5m pints of the black stuff on St Patrick's day alone. Since 2009, it has stepped up its marketing efforts for Ireland's national day, as well as for "Arthur's Day", a pseudo-national celebration it created that year. These efforts appear to be paying off—in January, Diageo announced that sales of Guinness in its homeland had risen last year for the first time since 2008. Complete Story
 
Wormtown Brewery celebrates 5 years with party opening new tap room
(March 17) - Wormtown Brewery, Worcester's first microbrewery, will be celebrating two milestones with a party on St. Patrick's Day - the opening of its new tap room on Shrewsbury Street and its five year anniversary. The new tap room, located at Wormtown's new 72 Shrewsbury St. location, will make one of the city's two breweries open to the public, allowing them to sample beers, buy six-packs and growlers and purchase merchandise. Complete Story

Dining in Dayton, OH: Carillon Brewery: Old-timey mixed with flavor
(March 17) - When I heard a historically-themed brewery and restaurant was in the works, I was lukewarm at best. Those places are often gimmicky — yes you, medieval, jousting place. After making one visit, there's often little reason to return. Yet, people who visited Carillon Brewing Co. assured me that is not the case. They have been raving about how good — and dare I say cool — it is. Here's what I found. Complete Story
 
Craft Brewer Volume Share of U.S. Beer Market Reaches Double Digits in 2014
(March 16) - The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, today released 2014 data on U.S. craft brewing1 growth. For the first-time ever, craft brewers reached double-digit (11 percent) volume share of the marketplace. In 2014, craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels, and saw an 18 percent rise in volume2 and a 22 percent increase in retail dollar value. Retail dollar value was estimated at $19.6 billion representing 19.3 percent market share. Complete Story
 
Cranley: Halt brewery crackdown
(March 16) - During the last month, the Metropolitan Sewer District started charging breweries extra for their wastewater disposal, but a brewer outcry prompted Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black late Thursday to temporarily suspend the new surcharges program – though there won't be relief for breweries or businesses already inspected for the surcharge. Complete Story
 
Bringing craft beer to Germany
(March 16) - In Germany foaming golden beer is more than a drink; it's the lifeblood of tourism, an excuse to dress up. And for Germans, it's a pillar of national identity -- at least for the older generation. But the young (who tend more to dance clubs than beer halls) have been losing interest in the traditional brew, and turning to hipper mixed drinks. Enter Greg Koch, who thinks he's got what it takes to tempt them back: U.S.-style craft beer. Cool, bold, experimental. The Berliner Kurier newspaper cast Koch as an American beer "savior" come to shake up a boring German beer scene. Complete Story
 
Newnan's First Brewery, Abide Brewing Opens To Brisk Business
(March 16) - Newnan’s first brewery, Abide Brewing Company, opened for business a little more than a month ago and seems to have been accepted into the community gracefully. The brewery, located on Werz International Blvd., has offered several successful tours and tastings since its grand opening in February. Complete Story
 
Newest Missoula brewery takes aim at social issues
(March 16) - Missoula is home to eight micro-breweries and has a thriving community of home brewers, so it's no secret that the Garden City loves its craft beer. But for the newest member of Missoula's brewers, it's not just about what's on tap. Imagine Nation brewery brings the humanitarian touch to beer. Complete Story
  
Wildrose craft brewery blossoms in Griffith, Indiana
(March 16) - Brewers David DeJong, Karen DeJong, Ed Halajcsik, Tony Nichols, Kevin Krippel and their landlord collectively invested about $750,000 to turn a former warehouse into Griffith's largest craft brewery, which opens at noon Saturday. Wildrose, 1104 E. Main St., features a seven-barrel brewing system, a 2,000-square-foot bar with restaurant seating, and a spacious patio with cornhole and a garage door that opens into the bar. Complete Story
             
The History Of St. Patrick's Day: 9 Facts You Need To Know
(March 15) - St. Patrick's Day 2015 is almost here, and you know what that means. Get out your green garb, find some shamrocks and build up your strength to partake in some over-21 festivities, if you know what I mean. Complete Story
 
Craft breweries compete for more than just good beer
(March 15) - More than one new craft brewery opens up in the United States every day. That is a lot of competition, and the battle is over more than just the beer itself. Growing pains are emerging about the names and even the symbols attached to the different beers. CBS News' David Begnaud reports on the barrels of problems it's creating. Complete Story
 
Georgia beer bill passes state Senate
(March 15) - Georgia’s craft brewers could get more beer into the hands of customers who visit their breweries under a bill passed Friday by the state Senate. Senate Bill 63 would allow 36 ounces of beer to be consumed “on-premise” of a brewery and up to 64 ounces of beer to be taken home. It would mandate, however, that the beer could only be purchased in a single container — a growler, say, or one 12-ounce bottle of beer. Complete Story
 
History pours from the Lehigh Valley's breweries
(March 15) - When Christopher Bowen gets a beer, it's more than a drink. "I see history in a glass," he says. Bowen is a historian of Lehigh Valley beer. In the color, clarity, smell and taste of each beer, he senses its place in the centuries-long journey from ales to lagers to today's experimental brews. Complete Story
 
West Newbury, Massachusetts says 'no' to brewery, lawsuit bubbling
(March 15) - When Christopher Bowen gets a beer, it's more than a drink. "I see history in a glass," he says. Bowen is a historian of Lehigh Valley beer. In the color, clarity, smell and taste of each beer, he senses its place in the centuries-long journey from ales to lagers to today's experimental brews. Complete Story
 
Why large West Coast breweries are building East Coast plants
(March 13) - Breweries used to be shunned as nuisances. Now, politicians are courting them, as the largest craft brewers in the West seek East Coast base camps. Virginia was slow getting into the game, losing Sierra Nevada Brewing, New Belgium Brewing and Oskar Blues to neighboring North Carolina before passing Senate Bill 604 in 2012. Complete Story
 
America's 10 Best Brewery Tours
(March 13) - This St. Patrick's Day, the focus might be on the quantity of beer imbibed versus the quality. But with upward of 3,000 craft breweries now brewing in the U.S., there's no shortage of places to go to get a behind-the-scenes look and sample something special, whether it's your favorite IPA, Imperial Stout or Hefeweizen. Consider these top brew tours, listed in no particular order: Complete Story

5 things Bell's Brewery wants you to know about Innovation Brewing trademark dispute
(March 13) - After days of drawing criticism on social media and even their own Facebook page, Bell's Brewery Inc. is trying to set the record straight about their trademark dispute with Innovation Brewing. Complete Story

Ballast Point is second California brewery with interest in Richmond
(March 13) - Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, a California-based craft brewery and distillery, has recently taken an interest in Richmond for a potential expansion, according to multiple state and local sources. Complete Story
 
Dogfish named official beer of Record Store Day 2015!
(March 12) - It’s a natural fit for a brewery that makes “Analog Beer for the Digital Age” to be the Official Beer of Record Store Day, a celebration of the unique culture of record stores and the special role they play in their communities. Complete Story
 
New Wormtown brewery good news for Boston
(March 12) - Wormtown Brewery of Worcester celebrates the official opening of its brand-new brewery Tuesday — yup, St. Patrick’s Day — which means more of its critically acclaimed beers will flow through Boston-area restaurants and retailers. “We have a nice presence in Somerville, and the city of Boston is very important to us,” said Wormtown managing partner David Fields. Complete Story

Oregon Brewers Festival toasts 28th year, features 90 North American breweries
(March 12) - There’s been turmoil brewing in the craft beer world recently with acquisitions and ad punches, but one thing has stayed constant: the Oregon Brewers Festival will return this summer for its annual five-day celebration of craft beer. The 28th annual Oregon Brewers Festival will take place July 22 through July 26 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Wed. through Sat., and Noon to 7pm Sunday. Complete Story

Oregon craft brewers make up one-third of Brewery Climate Declaration signers
(March 11) - Deschutes Brewery, Widmer, Ninkasi, Hopworks and four more Oregon craft brewers join 18 other breweries including New Belgium and Guinness who've signed the Climate Declaration, a business call to action that urges policymakers to seize the economic opportunity of tackling climate change. The 24 brewery signatories range from local microbreweries to major international brands, and are headquartered all across America, from Oregon to Wyoming to Maine. Complete Story
               

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You're drinking your beer too cold -- and here's why
(March 11) - The ideal minimum temperature for most craft beer is in the low to mid-40s. For hearty yeast or hop-forward ales, a bit warmer. For even more adventurous styles, such as lambics or imperial stouts infused with flavors of oak, bourbon, chocolate, coffee or vanilla, warmer still — arguably as high as the upper 50s. When trying to meld an array of intricate flavors by pairing beer and food, proper temperature becomes even more important. Complete Story
 
Full Sail Brewing Employees Vote To Sell To Private Equity Firm
(March 10) - It’s the end of an era as Full Sail Brewing’s employees and founders voted on Friday to sell to Oregon Craft Brewers Co. which is a local investment group formed by Encore Consumer Capital a San Francisco based private equity firm.“The votes were returned confidentially to our ESOP attorney. It passed nearly unanimously” said Full Sail founder and CEO Irene Firmat. Complete Story
 
Sierra Nevada Brewing's Taproom and Restaurant opens in Mills River, NC
(March 10) - Sierra Nevada Brewing's gleaming new Taproom and Restaurant opens Tuesday, with nearly two dozen beers on draft, plus a full lunch and dinner menu. But, be prepared for a wait, at least until the initial rush eases up. Just off Interstate 26, about 50 miles from Greenville, the Taproom and Restaurant will likely pulls crowds from both Carolinas and beyond. Complete Story
 
Cognition Brewing Company opens in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan
(March 10) - The beer industry continues to thrive here in the Upper Peninsula and a new microbrewery is set to open its doors later this week. Cognition Brewing Company will feature five different beers on tap when they open for business this Saturday. The brewery is located in the taproom of the Mather Inn in Ishpeming. Owner Jay Clancey has spent the better part of two years bringing his idea of a brewery to fruition. He wants Cognition to be a part of the re–vitalization of downtown Ishpeming. Complete Story

 

           
   





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