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A Town Is Building a Public Beer Fountain to Attract Tourists(February 12) - Zalec, a small town in central Slovenia, is famed locally for the hop farms that surround it in what is known as the “valley of green gold.” Soon, however, according to reporting from the BBC, the town is likely be known for something else: a public beer fountain. Complete Story

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Local brewery showcases expanded facility
(February 12) - Last Friday at the Piney River Brewing Co. in Bucyrus, owners Brian and Joleen Durham welcomed hundreds of visitors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of their brewery’s new 12,000 square-foot facility adjacent to the original “BARn” production facility and taproom. Complete Story
Two Minnesota men face felony charges after sneaking a popular Wisconsin beer, Spotted Cow across the border
(February 12) - Two Minnesota men face felony charges after sneaking a popular Wisconsin beer across the border. Spotted Cow is brewed in New Glarus, but isn't licensed to be sold in Minnesota. The two men own a bar in Minnesota's Hennepin County and traveled across the border to buy multiple kegs of the beer at two Wisconsin liquor stores. Complete Story
Zwickelmania, Unofficial craft beer holiday
(February 12) - Saturday marks Oregon’s eighth annual Zwickelmania celebration, a day craft brewers across the state pull back the curtains and open their production process to the public. More than 120 breweries in Oregon are expected to host Zwickelmania-related activities, offering up everything from free tours to meet-and-greets with brewers. Complete Story
Left Hand offers free beer exchange after Peyton Manning’s “Budweiser” comments
(February 11) - Left Hand Brewing Company is offering a free pint of beer in exchange for an empty bottle or can of Budweiser in its tasting room between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. this Monday and Tuesday. Complete Story

Brewers Association mails Budweiser fan Peyton Manning some craft beer
(February 11) - Peyton Manning’s taste in beer could use some improvement, at least according to the craft beer community. The Denver Broncos quarterback—and owner of two Anheuser-Busch distributors—surprised some by repeatedly plugging Budweiser following his team’s Super Bowl 50 victory Sunday night. So the Brewers Association sent Manning a letter and some craft beer. Complete Story
Tales Of The American Craft Beer Renaissance
(February 11) - The best beer in Chicago isn’t even from Chicago. It’s in the suburb of Lyons, Illinois, about 15 miles west of the Loop. BuckleDown Brewing is like many new microbreweries, nestled in a repurposed building in a mixed residential and industrial area. Complete Story

Budweiser Doubles Down by Mocking Craft Beer Again in Super Bowl Ad
(February 10) - Craft beer drinkers, prepare for the hair on your presumably hipster-bearded faces to stand on end. You are being mocked, yet again, during the most widely watched TV event of the year, the Super Bowl. And yet again, it’s Budweiser dishing the disses. Complete Story
The Reality of Being a Woman in the Beer Industry
(February 10) - Women drink beer. This likely isn’t a revelation because there’s a good chance that you know a woman, or several, who drinks beer, or maybe you are a beer-drinking woman yourself. Women also brew, package, sell and market beer. Complete Story

The Cult of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Your Favorite Brewer's Favorite Beer
(February 10) - Over the course of more than three decades, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has evolved from an industry outlier to trusty dive-bar standby, all the while maintaining fierce allegiance among aficionados. Today, SNPA is the number one best-selling craft beer in the country, according to IRI scans. Complete Story
New Belgium Brewing Taps Craft Malters for RyePA Revival
(February 10) - Can we get an "Amen!"? Two years after its initial release, New Belgium Brewing’s RyePA is coming back with a nod to the brewer’s dual hometowns in Colorado and North Carolina. Originally brewed with Carolina RyeTM, heirloom rye grown in North Carolina and floor malted by Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, RyePA revival also incorporates rye from Colorado Malting, a fourth-generation family farm in Alamosa, CO. Complete Story
Budweiser: It’s Not A Hobby
(February 9) - On Sunday, some 120 million viewers across the United States tuned in to this year’s Super Bowl pitting the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers. During the game, the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser Busch Inbev (ABI), the Belgian-based makers of Budweiser, ran an ad called Not Backing Down, in which they asserted that making Budweiser is “NOT A HOBBY.” Complete Story
The Wait is Over for Full Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale
(February 9) - “Cold turkey” takes on a whole new meaning with Full Sail’s latest beer from its Brewmaster Reserve Series – Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale, available now. “Originally released in 2014 to celebrate our 27th anniversary, Wheatwine is brewed in the Barleywine style, yet contains no barley malt,” says Full Sail Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson. “We reserved a portion of this special brew, racked it into Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels, and let it rest for a year in our cellar,” adds Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “Barrel aging rounds out this big beer.” Complete Story
The Meddler Returns - Odell Brewing releases Oud Bruin
(February 9) - On February 12, 2016, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of The Meddler, a barrel aged Oud Bruin Ale. This release will be the first of six cellar series offerings throughout 2016. The Meddler Oud Bruin is a blend of several generations of brown ales that were aged in toasted oak barrels between eight months and two years. The beer is inoculated with an in-house sour culture of wild yeasts and lactobacillus giving it a complex flavor. Intricate, yet balanced, The Meddler has an 8.6% ABV. Complete Story
Stone Brewing Releases 2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops
(February 9) - It’s that time of year when beer enthusiasts clamor for one of Stone Brewing’s highly anticipated annual releases. Since debuting in 1998, Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine has attracted fans who are passionate about the robust ale. Devotees and hopheads are in for a treat when they experience 2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops. Complete Story
Sam Adams Nitro Beers Launch Nationwide
‏(February 5) - Water. Malt. Hops. Yeast. These are the four traditional ingredients in beer. With the new Samuel Adams Nitro Project, the brewers want you to experience a fifth ingredient: nitrogen. After experimenting with countless iterations and test batches in the nanobrewery at the Sam Adams Boston Brewery, the brewers are excited to announce the release of the first three brews from the Samuel Adams Nitro Project – Nitro White Ale, Nitro IPA, and Nitro Coffee Stout. Complete Story
Pliny the Younger is here: What you need to know about craft beer's most famous brew
(February 5) - The beer fanatics are already congregating in California Wine Country. The first Friday in February traditionally marks the release of Russian River Brewing’s world famous Pliny the Younger. Complete Story
New brewery could open next month in Middletown, Ohio
(February 5) -The latest craft brewery set to open in the area will be in Middletown on Cincinnati-Dayton Road, where Unbridled Brewery plans to open a beermaking, tasting and sales operation in March, the property owner said. Complete Story
Gluten-free brewery opening in Golden, Colorado
(February 5) - Some people love the taste of beer, but can't drink normal beers because of the beer's gluten. A new gluten-free brewery is opening today in Golden when the 3,000-square-foot Holidaily Brewing Co. opens at 801 Brickyard Circle in Golden. Complete Story
What Colorado's craft beer fans are fearing
(February 5) - In a former bakery south of downtown Denver, Matthew Fuerst makes beer flavored with ingredients like Hatch green chiles that he chops by hand. He saves money on heating bills by pushing up space heaters against his fermenting tanks and covering the tops with blankets. Complete Story
U. Penn Students Win Prize For 9 Times Faster Brewing Process
(February 4) - I tend to be skeptical of anyone who claims to be able to shorten the brewing process, especially by up to nine times, since brewing is a pretty time-honored process, improved little by little over the centuries. And generally speaking, speeding up fermentation has rarely resulted in better beer. Complete Story

Flying Dog Brewery turns 25(February 4) - Frederick, Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery is marking its 25th anniversary this year with a new beer called “Tropical Bitch,” a spin on its popular “Raging Bitch” Belgian-Style IPA, which it released for its 20th anniversary. It has been a good 25 years for Flying Dog. Complete Story
The 5 California Breweries That Could be the Next Russian River
(February 4) - The annual release of Pliny the Younger from Russian River Brewing Company (February 5th) is a reminder of how incredibly popular and respected that brewery is. But the gap between RR and the rest of the brewing community is quickly narrowing, and a few breweries here in Northern California are positioned to have a very big 2016. Complete Story

Innis & Gunn Launches Irish Whiskey Aged Stout in US
(February 3) - Innis & Gunn the award-winning independent brewer of oak-aged beers, is releasing its cult-favorite winter seasonal in the United States. Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout is a 7.4% ABV creation that debuted in 2012 and has become a US hit that quickly sells out within weeks of hitting retailer shelves. Complete Story

6 of the Biggest Beer Releases of 2016(February 3) - It’s that time of year again, when the post-holiday, mid-winter blues turn to anticipation and excitement about all the amazing craft beers on the horizon in the coming year. To celebrate, we once again present our picks for the biggest beer releases of the year. Complete Story

CRAFT BREWERIES POISED TO ABSOLUTELY BLOW UP IN 2016(February 2) - 2015 was the biggest year for beer. No, literally: America now has more functioning breweries than it ever has before, finally topping pre-Prohibition numbers. This means very, very good things for us all, namely in the form of more beer for everyone, everywhere!   Complete Story
Craft brewery to fill space where Last Place on Earth had operated
(February 2) - This summer, Blacklist Artisan Ales will move three blocks to the south into space where the Last Place on Earth head shop had operated until 2013, when the building was seized by federal authorities after owner Jim Carlson was convicted of selling synthetic drugs. Complete Story 

Diversity Amongst Craft Beer Trends
(February 2) - Over the last few weeks, I’ve been getting a lot of media requests trying to uncover “the hot craft beer trends for 2016.” I’m not the only one doing this, and there are a lot of common answers out there. Complete Story 

Rock Bottom brewers break the chain as part of Pittsburgh’s craft beer scene(February 2) - Any brewery starts with the brewers, and Rock Bottom has a couple good ones. Assistant brewer (and Homestead native) Matt Gibb cut his teeth at Hop Farm, while Brewmaster Meg Evans spent time at her hometown brewery, Southern Tier, before taking a job as lead brewer at Rivertowne’s Monroeville brewpub in 2012. Complete Story
Hill Farmstead Brewery in Vermont Named  Best Brewery in the World
(February 1) - Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro was named the best brewer in the world Saturday night by RateBeer. The brewery is on a dirt road in the Northeast Kingdom, on the former dairy farm where founder and brewer Shaun Hill grew up. Complete Story
Super Bowl Beers: Richard Christy's List Of The Best Party Brews
(February 1) - Celebrating the Super Bowl with friends and family is a great American tradition - even if your special team isn't playing in the big game. So is hitting the pause button on your New Year's diet resolutions so you can enjoy Super Bowl Sunday the way it's meant to be celebrated: with copious amounts of calorie-packed comfort food and beer! Complete Story
Craft is dead. Now we drink Indie Beer(January 31) - The term Craft Beer may be in need of a makeover. The Union-Tribune reported this week that Bend, Oregon's 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has proposed a 10,000-square-foot brewpub in East Village. In response, local beer industry podcasters have doubled down on a push to describe independently owned breweries as Indie Beer companies, rather than craft. Complete Story
CU student fundraising to create craft brewery Guatemala(January 31) - University of Colorado graduate student Nicholas Politte, 29, is breaking new ground by bringing craft beer out of the United States and into Central America. His hope is to raise enough capital to fund the start-up of Chelatenango, his craft brewery in Guatemala. Complete Story
Belching Beaver restaurant opening soon in Vista(January 30) - Vista residents are just weeks away from experiencing a new side to the thriving Belching Beaver Brewery. The hopping four-year-old company plans to open its Tavern and Grill on East Broadway by mid-March. Complete Story
Why cans are winning over craft beer drinkers
(January 30) - Sun King Brewing Co. has been canning its beer since before canning was cool. Although cans are growing in popularity among craft beer drinkers, canning was considered a risky move for breweries not long ago. Complete Story
2016 Beer Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies (January 29) - It’s our favorite time of year once again—Girl Scout Cookies are here! We've added new editors’ picks of great beers to celebrate the season with and a collection of cookie-and-beer pairings we compiled from around the web. Let’s hear your favorite pairings! Complete Story

Mitten Brewing's brewer to shave beard to raise funds for local domestic violence nonprofit
(January 29) - Rob “Wob” Wanhatalo has embarked on his own long-term endeavor in the form of a 6-year-old beard, but now the Mitten Brewing Company brewer is ready to free his face follicles to raise money for Safe Haven Ministries, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit. Complete Story
Alpine Beer’s original location born anew
(January 29) - It once went by the name and persona of McGuffey’s Ice Cream Parlor, the smallish left-most unit in the family of storefronts off Alpine Boulevard which eventually became the town’s craft-beer Mecca. Complete Story

Super Bowl tests brewery loyalties(January 28) - Two of Colorado’s largest craft breweries have facilities in what’s now become enemy territory: North Carolina. New Belgium Brewing and Oskar Blues Brewing both have facilities near Asheville, North Carolina, a bustling craft beer town. “There’s a surprising amount of parallels between the Carolinas and Colorado, foremost on our minds is the brewing scene,” said Bryan Simpson with New Belgium. Complete Story

What the Ale: Muskogee plans brewery in historic fire station
(January 28) - I’ll give it to the city of Muskogee. They get it. Instead of tearing down a fire station built before statehood and putting in a parking lot, they are giving it to a group that wants to start a brewery. Complete Story
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout Makes Grand Return
(January 28) - The Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series will reintroduce previously brewed fan-favorite beers, each for a limited time, throughout the anniversary year. The first in the celebratory series for 2016 is Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, making its comeback this week in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at select retailers, restaurants and bars in markets where Stone beer is sold. Complete Story
Black Raven Brewing Wins at the Great Alaska Barleywine Festival, again(January 27) - Congratulations to Black Raven Brewing for bringing home another impressive award from the Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival, which took place last weekend in Anchorage. For the fourth time in six years, Black Raven brought home a coveted award for its Old Birdbrain Barleywine. Complete Story
Meet The Brewer Who Could Create the Next Bud Light(January 27) - Anheuser-Busch’s Research Pilot Brewery is a micro 13-barrel system made for playing with new ingredients, trending styles and wild experiments. Here, hops are hauled by hand, down a short hallway from fridge to brewhouse. Complete Story
Deal reached in Georgia craft brewery battle
(January 27) - Georgia’s craft beer makers won a major victory Tuesday in a compromise that ends a contentious battle at the Legislature, but not all breweries are celebrating. Complete Story

Oskar Blues Shipping Water to Flint, Michigan
(January 27) - Pretty awesome that Oskar Blues is trying to help out and provide some water. The people need it. This hits pretty close to home, literally, for me. My family lives close to Flint, both my dad and father in law forked in Flint for most of their lives, my brother in law just finished school there, and still have a lot of family in the area. Complete Story

Flying Dog Brewery to celebrate 25th anniversary with new 'Tropical' beer
(January 27) - To celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, the Frederick company will release Tropical Bitch, a fruit-enhanced take on its popular Belgian-style India pale ale, Raging Bitch. The beer will be carried at bars and liquor stores where Flying Dog is usually sold beginning Feb. 1. Complete Story
Amid craft beer boom, San Francisco moves to ease brewery openings(January 26) - San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development has launched a “brewery starter kit” on its online business portal. The “kit” is a step-by-step guide for prospective brewery owners aimed at walking them through the regulations of opening a brewery in San Francisco and navigating the typical obstacles. Complete Story
Brewery yoga classes on tap across the country(January 25) - Call it detox and retox: Around the country, yogis are jumping up from savasana and hopping onto a barstool as yoga classes are making their way into breweries. While the teaching is traditional, the classes tend to attract newbies, especially men, says Beth Cosi, found of Bendy Brewski. Complete Story
Why the Craft Beer Can Shortage Is Actually a Great Thing
(January 25) - Beer enthusiasts are embracing the aluminum can for a variety of reasons (freshness-sealing and hiking-friendly qualities among them). Many craft breweries have responded by expanding their canned offerings, which is a cheaper way to ship beer and put more product on shelves. But getting in on the can craze isn't easy. Complete Story
Know your beers: A craft brew language primer
(January 25) - If you’re looking to become part of the thriving beer scene, it can be a lot of fun. But it can also be intimidating. Here is an informal primer to get you up to speed. Complete Story
What the Ale: Study finds huge potential in craft beer tax revenue(January 24) - You may only pay $5 for a locally produced craft beer but that purchase equals $65.94 of economic impact, according to a new study done by Travis Roach with the Department of Economics at the University of Central Oklahoma. Complete Story
Bear Republic Celebrates 20 Years
(January 24) - Located in the heart of Wine Country, on the corner of Healdsburg’s historic downtown square, Bear Republic Brewing Company offers award-winning food and world class, handcrafted ales. Established in 1995 by third and fourth generation Sonoma County residents. Complete Story
Golden Road Brewery founder on why the brand was sold and what's next(January 24) - When Anheuser-Busch InBev bought Golden Road Brewing in September, many craft beer drinkers in Los Angeles, who’d followed the local brewery's rapid growth and expansion, were not surprised. There was a sentiment repeated in tweets, Internet forums and comment threads that Golden Road was "built to sell." Complete Story
Kona Brewing Chooses Hometown For New $20 Million Brewery
(January 24) - After a year-long search that included evaluating multiple sites across the Islands, Kona Brewing today announced that it has signed a lease with the Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust, a private charitable trust to serve native Hawaiian children, for a 2.6-acre site in Kailua-Kona. The location, which is just down the street from the original Kona Brewery & Pub. Complete Story
Furious negotiations underway over Georgia craft brewery bill
(January 24) - Last week we told you of a coming fight over a plan to make major revisions to Georgia’s three-tiered system of alcohol sales. State Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, was drafting a bill to allow small brewers and distillers to sell limited amounts of alcohol directly to consumers, something that is that now illegal under the state’s booze laws that were written after the end of Prohibition. Complete Story
Brewdog to open brewery this summer in Columbus, Ohio
(January 22) - In a video posted Christmas day, Brewdog co-founder Martin Dickie, wearing a silver wig topped with a black bowler hat, a mauve blazer and white gloves, said the brewery rising from a field in Canal Winchester will begin making beer this summer. Complete Story
Bud Sour Ale Must Be Stopped(January 22) - Bud Sour Ale is not a real beer. It’s an idea that Naylor, the brewmaster for Anheuser Busch’s Research Pilot Brewery, discussed with a journalist. (I made the above rendering of a Bud Sour Ale can in Photoshop just for fun.) That said, my own disdain for the idea of a Bud Sour Ale extends way beyond my disdain for sour beer in general. Complete Story
There Are 108 Breweries in Massachusetts – We Mapped All of Them
(January 22) - Sure, America is massive. But this rate of growth is unprecedented. In fact, for the first time since 1873, we've eclipsed more than 4,000 breweries nationwide. And without a doubt, the New England craft brewery scene is a major contributor to that – thanks in large part to what's cooking right here in Massachusetts. Complete Story
Colorado State Professor brings ancient Spanish beer’s history to a head(January 22) - While Colorado State University has gained widespread publicity for its fermentation science and technology program — especially the beer-brewing angle — one CSU faculty member from a different department is examining the history of beer in a country known primarily for its wine. Complete Story
Green Flash's new brewmaster takes the wheel with a steady hand
(January 22) - Within minutes of Chuck Silva's resignation as brewmaster of Green Flash last September, owner Mike Hinkley promoted head brewer Erik Jensen to the position. It was a tremendous vote of confidence for Jensen, suddenly entrusted with the legacy of the first San Diego craft brewery to expand distribution to all 50 states. Complete Story
Brewery opening on Niagara-on-the-Lake's Queen Street
(January 22) - They say good things come to those who wait and Robin Ridesic is hoping her patience will pay off. As the founder and CEO of The Exchange Brewery, she admits it’s been a long road to get from the brewery’s conceptual stage to this Friday. Complete Story
The most anticipated Atlanta craft brewery openings in 2016
(January 22) - 2015 was undeniably a year of growth, but also a frustrating one for the Atlanta craft beer community. When state legislature passed Beer Jobs Bill, local brewers could finally sell their beer directly to consumers on site, a right they’d long been fighting for and one that almost every other state in the country enjoys. Complete Story
3 Biggest Mistakes When Introducing Someone to Craft Beer
(January 22) - I asked several brewers what they felt were common reasons why people don’t try or like craft beer. Their answers were amazingly consistent, and they offered up some good strategies to help open new drinkers up to craft beer. Complete Story
Brewers in N.C. point to the power of peer pressure to change minds about renewables(January 21) - Recently, the Citizen Times in Asheville, North Carolina, carried an encouraging article about the rapid spread of solar power among Western North Carolina's many beer brewers. Six of the region's local brewers have gone solar, installing rooftop solar arrays to power part or all of their operations. Complete Story
She So Hop: First All-Female Brewed Beer to Debut at Arizona Beer Week
(January 21) - It’s a chilly Friday morning and Huss Brewery is buzzing. Dozens of women from more than 30 breweries around the state have gathered at the Tempe brewery, each donning swag representing their brewery affiliation. Conversation flows as the smell of the steeping mash fills the room and the women prepare to create the first official all-female brewed beer in Arizona. Complete Story

Grand Teton Brewing Release Double Vision Doppelbock‏(January 21) - Grand Teton Brewing is proud to announce the release of Double Vision Doppelbock, the first in our 2016 cellar reserve series. It will be available February 15, and your sample should be arriving this week. I am attaching our press release and some imagery for your use in helping us promote this new beer. Complete Story

Ska Brewing Adds Bump ‘N’ Grind to Seasonal Stout Series
(January 21) - Ska Brewing announces the winter release in its Seasonal Stout Series, Bump ‘N’ Grind, Ska’s award-winning Steel Toe Milk Stout brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs. “Various interpretations of Bump ‘N’ Grind have been favorites in the tasting room since we first implemented the Seasonal Stout program back in 2012,” said Ska Co-Founder Dave Thibodeau. Complete Story
21st Amendment Brewery celebrates orginality(January 20) - Shaun O’Sullivan admits his brewery is a little weird. O’Sullivan is the cofounder of San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery. You may have had 21st Amendment staples like Brew Free! Or Die IPA or Hell or High Watermelon, a wheat beer in a colorful can that is just about everywhere during the summer. Complete Story
Warped Wing Brewing releases beer that's 'like tasting the Renaissance'
(January 20) - Warped Wing Brewing Co. is releasing a new porter to celebrate its two-year anniversary. It took four months to ferment the Baltic Argonaut, which the Dayton microbrewery is tapping as part of its two-year anniversary celebration. Complete Story

Tallgrass Brewing Introduces "The Grizz" Imperial IPA
(January 20) - And when we decided our lead entry in our 2016 Explorer Series lineup would be an Imperial IPA, there was only one name for it: The Grizz. This bear comes clawing in at 9.5% & roars with fierce hop character & boasts a bright, juicy fruit aroma. Complete Story
Craft beer pioneer feels the corporate squeeze(January 19) - Last year, San Diego’s Saint Archer sold about 18,000 barrels of beer. Boston Beer Co., owner of the Samuel Adams line, sold 4 million barrels. Competition between these two breweries is lopsided. With Boston Beer at a disadvantage. Complete Story
San Francisco Beer Week for all styles of beer lovers
(January 19) - The 2016 edition of San Francisco Beer Week is upon us, taking place from Jan. 22 through Jan. 31. And once again, the annual extravaganza is bigger than ever, canvassing the breweries, bars and restaurants of the entire Bay Area, from Santa Cruz to Sebastopol. There is something for everyone, be it serious geeks or casual beer-pong players.  Complete Story
Gasp! No Pliny The Younger At SF Beer Week This Year
(January 19) - This year, the answer to that perennial question of SF Beer Week (January 22nd - 31st) will be a disappointing "nowhere." Though the super-hopped triple IPA typically punctuates the week's festivities, Russian River Brewing Company owner and brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo confirms to SFist that "Younger won't be done in time for [Beer Week]." Complete Story
Georgia Lawmakers look again to help craft beer industry(January 18) - State lawmakers are taking action after they say the GA Department of Revenue is circumventing legislation they passed last year to help the craft beer industry. The new law allows breweries to sell tours in order to give away their product. But the DOR issued its own bulletin in September saying all tours must be one price no matter the cost of the beer. Complete Story
This Little-Known Company Is Becoming A Craft Beer Powerhouse
(January 18) - Cigar City’s Jai Alai IPA and Toppling Goliath’s Pseudo Sue are two beers that, unless you live near their brewery of origin, can be pretty hard to get your hands on. But if it wasn’t for Brew Hub, a little-known factory in Lakeland, FL, it would be a whole lot harder. Complete Story
Universities tap into craft beer growth by offering classes
(January 18) - With an explosion in growth in the craft beer industry over the last decade, it’s not enough to simply have a passion for brewing and beer when it comes to starting a brewery or working for one as the industry gets more competitive. Recognizing that, some universities are now offering programs on the business of craft beer. Complete Story
Lakefront Brewery wins Good Food Award(January 17) - For the fourth straight year, Lakefront Brewery has garnered a Good Food Award. This year’s winning product, Growing Power Farmhouse Pale Ale, is a Belgian-style beer made with organic barley and organic hops. Its recipe was developed in collaboration with Growing Power, Inc., a Milwaukee-based non-profit that provides sustainable vegetables and protein for inner city residents and advocates for sustainable farming and food production. Complete Story
Deschutes brewmaster taps into passion for brewing
(January 17) - It wasn’t the career that she imagined she would have when she graduated from Humbolt State with a degree in biology in 2003, but when you talk to her, it’s not that far of a stretch for Veronica Vega, the new brewmaster at Deschutes Brewery. Complete Story
Amid craft beer shuffle, Alaskan vows to stay put
(January 17) - Alaskan Brewing Co. isn’t selling out. It isn’t closing down. It isn’t moving to the Lower 48, changing its name or owners. “We want to keep this here a hundred years — that’s the goal,” brewery founder, Marcy Larson said. Complete Story
Schlafly Beer 'recalibrating for growth' with brewery expansion
(January 17) - A quarter-century after the St. Louis Brewery sold its first pint of Schlafly Beer at the Tap Room brewpub downtown, St. Louis’ largest craft brewer has run out of capacity at its two St. Louis-area locations. Complete Story

Understanding Maturation – Part 1: Know Your Casks(January 15) - For those who have discovered the world of a well-aged whisky, tequila, brandy, rum or fortified wine, it’s an appreciation easily bought by a bottle carrying buzz terms like extra ańejo, solera, single barrel, cask strength, sherry finish or paradise. But what do we really understand about the influence of the oak barrel? Complete Story
Samuel Adams Helps Drinkers Snap Out Of The Cold With The Return Of Seasonal Favorite Brew Cold Snap
(January 15) - The Sam Adams brewers today announced the anticipated release of Samuel Adams Cold Snap, a Belgian-style unfiltered White Ale with a bright snap of seasonal citrus, fruit and floral spices, perfect for snapping out of the cold weather funk. Inspired by the season and its changing weather, Sam Adams is also asking drinkers how they celebrate the weather with Cold Snap in hand. Complete Story
Curious about gose-style beer? Sierra Nevada has it.
(January 15) - lifornia’s largest craft brewery is set to launch a new year-round brand called Otra Vez. But instead of focusing on the pungent hop aromas that Sierra Nevada Brewing is best known for, the beer will be flavored with prickly pears and grapefruit.  Complete Story

10 Beers That Made My Career: David Walker of Firestone Walker Brewing
(January 15) - Walker is one-half of the eponymous Firestone Walker, a brewery he co-founded in 1996 with his American brother-in-law Adam Firestone (a.k.a., “The Bear”), a great-great grandson of the man who started the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Complete Story
2016 BEER PERSON OF THE YEAR: NEW BELGIUM’S LAUREN WOODS SALAZAR(January 14) - Lauren Woods Salazar might have the most wonderful nose, taste buds and brain in brewing. As New Belgium’s specialty brand manager and wood cellar blender, she collaborates with brewers, cooking up a Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout and a mixer-ready Pear Ginger Beer. Complete Story

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The most-awaited brewery of the year debuts(January 14) - The day before Cloudburst Brewing opened, dozens of brewers and beer bloggers gathered in the new tasting room to congratulate owner Steve Luke, one of the industry’s young talents. He’s hard to miss. Luke sported a ski cap and salmon-colored pants. Complete Story
Fourth Annual Cider Summit Chicago Set for February 27
(January 14) - SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of their successful Cider Summit festival to Chicago, IL. This year's event will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in two sessions - 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Complete Story         



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Specialty Ales/Lagers

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