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Anheuser-Busch InBev Trying to Buy SABMiller(September 18) - There's a global beer behemoth in the works. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker by volume, is preparing itself to offer as much as $122 billion for SABMiller, which sells Castle, Miller, Peroni, and Foster's. The beer giant is currently discussing the financing of the deal with banks, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal. A merger between the two would create one company that controls nearly a third of the world's beer supply. Complete Story

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Oskar Blues Brewery Listed on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies(September 18) - Oskar Blues Brewery, the first craft brewery in the country to brew and hand-can its own beer, continued explosive growth in 2014 and earned a position in the top half of the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. The average company on the list grew a mind-boggling 516 percent. Nine plus years of consecutive double digit growth catapulted Oskar Blues onto the list. Complete Story
Beer garden pops up at Denver airport(September 18) - You'll fit right in if you're wearing lederhosen or a dirndl at Denver International Airport during the next few weeks. This is Oktoberfest season and DIA is celebrating with a temporary beer garden set up in the center of the main terminal. Complete Story
Great Divide Head Brewer Taylor Rees Leaving to Open Brewery in Former Five Points DMV(September 18) - Like almost every driving adult in Denver, Great Divide head brewer Taylor Rees spent his fair share of time waiting in line at the drab Denver Motor Vehicles office on Welton Street in Five Points. Now, if his plans come to fruition, Rees, along with friends and business partners Austin Wiley and Darren Boyd, plan to spend many more hours -- days and months -- in that space. But the vibe will be very different -- and although you'll still need to show your identification, you won't need your registration or proof of insurance. The group will open Spangalang Brewery at 2736 Welton Street, hopefully next year. Complete Story
Ohio Beer ABV Limit Could Be A Snag In Stone Brewing Deal(September 16) - It could be later this year before the city of Columbus knows if it will be home to the east coast location of one of the country’s largest craft brewing companies – and the hundreds of jobs that come with it. Stone Brewing Company’s decision, in part, depends on whether state lawmakers change a current limit on alcohol content in beer. Complete Story

Boulevard and Brewery Ommegang Collaborate on Spiced Saison(September 16) - There is no sibling rivalry between Duvel Moortgat’s US-based Boulevard Brewing Company and Brewery Ommegang. The sister craft breweries recently partnered on Boulevard’s newest edition of its Collaboration series. Collaboration No. 4 is a Spiced Saison, which will be distributed in 750mL bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs throughout Boulevard’s distribution network later this month (Kansas City distribution begins on September 22nd for draught and September 23rd for bottles; other markets to follow soon after). Complete Story

Variety pack sales jump as beer drinkers seek choices(September 15) - At its very core, craft beer is about variety. Drowning in a sea of light lagers, America’s independent brewers set about to offer consumers choice, using their restless minds and boundless creativity to connect with a thirsty and curious public. Complete Story

CU football: Buffs add two beer gardens at Folsom Field(September 14) - For the first time since 1995, beer will be flowing outside the club level at Folsom Field on Saturday night. In an email sent Thursday to season-ticket holders, University of Colorado athletic director Rick George announced the expansion of beer sales through the addition of two beer gardens on the west side of the stadium. Complete Story
Flowing Beer Can Lead To Flow Of Cash For Colleges, But Raises Public Health Concerns(September 14) - The controversial highway billboards featuring the Husky mascot next to a Coors beer bottle caused a stir in Connecticut this past week, but they also placed UConn among a number of schools across the country that have associated with beer companies to boost their sports budgets. Complete Story
What’s brewing on Cape Cod, MA(September 14) - Naukabout joins another Cape brewing company, Hyannis’s Cape Cod Beer, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The name Naukabout comes from Conley’s father, who, after a long day at work, used to tell his sons to change out of their “work-a-bout” shoes and into their “nauk-a-bouts,” an accented version of the term “knockabouts.” The name is a play on the leisure-time activities associated with trips over the Bourne and Sagamore. Complete Story
Anchorage Brewing Co. building a forever home(September 13) - On the back of a black label stuck to a corked, Belgian-style beer bottle, 38-year-old Gabe Fletcher penned his gratitude to Gary Klopfer, the owner of Anchorage's Snow Goose Restaurant and Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. "In 2010 I had the crazy idea of opening my own brewery," it says. "The way it came together was even crazier." The brew -- bottled this summer and named simply "Thank You" -- has sold all over the world. Complete Story 

Guinness to offer two creations to capitalise on booming real ale market(September 13) - A ‘pint of Plain’ is no longer your only man – as Guinness has just launched two new porters in a bid to get a taste of the action in the booming craft-beer market.The beer's production centre in Dublin, St James's Gate, will today start pumping out two new tipples, Dublin Porter and West Indies Porter, which will bear the name of the world-famous beer brand. Complete Story
Craft-brewed beers come of age in Australia(September 13) - Australia's beer drinking palate is changing. I'm sure you've seen the signs: trendy labels; strange talk of IPAs, IBUs and ESBs; and one-time VB drinkers brewing raspberry ales in the back shed. The days of treating beer as inferior or less complex than wines and spirits are over. The craft brewing industry in Australia, taking its cue from a flourishing movement in the US, has long been challenging the perception that beer must be bland and watery. Complete Story
New Belgium Brewing promotes Perich to president(September 12) - Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing announced longtime chief financial officer and chief operations officer, Christine Perich, is the company's new president. Perich started as CFO in 2004 and has overseen operations since 2009. At the end of 2012 she guided the company through its transition to a 100 percent employee-owned company. Perich oversees New Belgium's second production facility in Asheville, North Carolina, which should be open in late 2015. Complete Story
Brewery jobs surging in Ohio(September 11) - Let's toast: Ohio is the nation's sixth-largest brewing employer – directly employing or supporting 83,000 jobs statewide, according to an industry group. Ohio's breweries support $3 billion in workers' wages and pump $10 billion overall into the state's economy. Complete Story
Asheville breweries investing millions, adding staff(September 11) - Asheville's craft brewery boom continues to see explosive growth, with local beer producers dropping millions on expansions and staff. The $175 million New Belgium brewery going up in West Asheville along the French Broad River stands out as the area's biggest project, and it reflects the nation's growing preference for craft beer, such as IPAs, pale ales, bitters and others styles. Complete Story  

Beer Beginners and Beer Geeks Flock to the Great American Beer Festival
(September 11) -Presented by the Brewers Association, the 33rd annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) brings together beer beginners, enthusiasts and geeks to bond over their common love of beer. As the festival beer offerings continue to grow, this year’s GABF provides novice and seasoned beer lovers even more opportunities to learn about what they are imbibing, including support from the new Beer Geeks program. Complete Story
Service Brewing Co. celebrates grand opening in Savannah
(September 11) - Now, with the addition of Service Brewing and the anticipated opening of Coastal Empire Brewing, Savannah also has production breweries with tasting rooms to enjoy and jobs to employ. Owner Kevin Ryan shares with DO the ups and downs of opening a brewery in Georgia and his excitement to throw open his doors to the public on Sept. 13. Complete Story
Jake Leinenkugel Retires From Craft Brewery
(September 10) - Jake Leinenkugel announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as president of the craft brewery started by his great-great-grandfather and will be succeeded by his younger brother Dick Leinenkugel, who formerly led economic development efforts in Wisconsin. Jake Leinenkugel, 62, is familiar to beer drinkers as the star of ads promoting his family’s brand. Complete Story

Woods Bar & Brewery opens softly in Uptown Oakland(September 10) - Jim Woods, owner of popular two popular beer bars in San Francisco, has opened his third venture in Oakland’s Uptown. At Woods Bar & Brewery, located at 1701 Telegraph Avenue, Woods is operating a three-barrel (93-gallon) brewery above an approximately 2,300 square foot bar. At the bar—a large patio highlighted by a walk-around fireplace and twenty-foot restored antique mahogany bar—Woods will serve a changing selection of 12 beers on tap, consisting mostly of Woods beers freshly brewed upstairs along with a few guest taps for local breweries. Complete Story
Man sets world record for carrying the most beers(September 9) - Oliver Struempfel, a 38-year old tax inspector from Abensberg, Germany set a new world record in "beer-mug-carrying" on September 7, 2014. Oliver carried 27 full one-liter beer mugs over 130 feet. “I have worked here in the beer tent for the past 17 years, so I have lots of training,” Struempfel told Reuters after winning the competition at the local Gillamoos beer festival. Each mug weighed approximately 5 pounds.
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Minnesota's 1st cooperative brewery opens(September 8) - Minnesota's first cooperative brewery opened its doors in Northeast Minneapolis this weekend, making it one of only three cooperative breweries the country. Minnesota is home to the largest number of cooperatives in the nation, with the most food cooperatives per capita in the United States, but Fair State Brewing Cooperative is now heralded as the state's debut cooperative of its kind. Complete Story

Craft beer sales skyrocket in Canada(September 8) - While Canadians are drinking less beer overall, the market for craft beers is rapidly growing. Statistics Canada reports that over the past decade beer consumption has declined in favour of wine. But the really big change is that craft beers, or microbrews, now account for six per cent of the market. Some analysts suggest the number could triple in the coming years. A big change from three decades ago when the market was practically non-existent. Complete Story
Columbus craft brewers can barely keep up with booming market(September 7) - Craft brewers across Columbus, which now number 13 active breweries, have been having the same discourse and coming to the same solution. “Ohio beer drinkers are just clamoring for more,” said Dan Cochran, owner of Four String Brewing Co., which has been in business for three years. “I see it growing every month. We are way beyond sales projections for year three right now.” Complete Story
Norfolk campaigns for Stone brewery(September 7) - There’s a campaign on tap to bring a big brewery to Norfolk. If it’s successful, it could mean lots of jobs and money for the Hampton Roads economy. On Friday night, thousands gathered on Granby Street to rally for Stone Brewing. It is part of a recent beer trend here in the area. Complete Story
Hawaiian Airlines chooses Maui Brewing Co. as its official craft beer(September 5) - Hawaiian Airlines began serving Maui Brewing Co.’s Bikini Blonde Lager on its international routes this week, and will begin serving it on domestic flights starting Oct. 1. “We’re continuously exploring the Islands’ many offerings of locally-made products to identify selections we believe our guests will appreciate,” said Alison Croyle, director, external communications, corporate communications at Hawaiian Airlines. Complete Story

Drink up: Founders, Brewery Vivant, Perrin line up fall beer festivals(September 5) - Three of Grand Rapids' most prominent breweries have slotted their annual autumn festivals for 2014. First on the calendar is Perrin Brewing Company's "sort of annual" Backyard Beer Bash, which celebrates the brewery's birthday, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 13. The Comstock Park spot will set up outdoors, host live music and offer several limited-release beers, including the new batch of Kona Brown. Complete Story  
Brewery Permits Top 4,500 for First Six Months of 2014(September 4) - Data from the Tax and Trade Bureau show year-to-date brewery permit counts for June 2014 at 4,526. Active brewery permits are a unique way of looking at the industry. These counts represent all the individuals and businesses that are either currently brewing or actively seeking to start brewing beer. This figure is significantly higher than the 3,040 reported by the Brewers Association, with the clear difference being the 1,486 breweries that may just be starting to brew, have not reported any production or may actually be brewing but flying below everyone’s radar. Complete Story
All hail the great American Black Ale(September 4) - Within the past few years, a relatively new beer style has become quite popular and is seeing a widespread increase in breweries making the style. It is sometimes called Black IPA (Black India Pale Ale), sometimes called Cascadian Dark Ale, and lately versions are using the name American Black Ale (ABA). The latter is the name used in the Brewers Association guidelines. Complete Story
Pike Brewing 25th Anniversary Celebration(September 3) - It’s hard to imagine the Seattle skyline without the Space Needle and it is equally hard to imagine the Seattle beer scene without Charles and Rose Ann Finkel. The founders of Pike Brewing are omnipresent ambassadors of craft beer and for 25 years the tireless two have represented Seattle at beer festivals, brewers conferences, charity fundraisers, and countless other special events. Next month, the Finkel’s family-owned brewery celebrates its 25th anniversary. Complete Story
Thrillist ranks Oregon beer No. 1 in quality, quantity(September 3) - The Thrillist ranked all 50 states according to their beer. Quantity and quality are both important, but quality's a bit more important. If a small state is turning out a disproportionate amount of great beer, it did not go unrecognized. The online magazine gave a boost to states who played a historical role in American beer as we know it today. Complete Story

Goose Island Shows Off Its Elk Mountain Edge(September 3) - Rubbing the guts of a Cascade hop off his nose, Andy Goeler is in awe of the 1,500 acres of hops under trellis that surround him, resting at the foot of northern Idaho’s Selkirk Mountain Range. He’s gushing poetic adjectives, verbally painting a picture that needs no help painting itself. Complete Story
IPAs are creating a brewhaha in craft beer sales(September 2) IPAs secured 12.1 percent of U.S. sales among craft beers in 2013, up from 9.1 percent in 2011, helping them move in to the third most-popular craft style behind Seasonals and Witbier. What’s more, IPAs were the second-largest driver of craft growth in 2013, accounting for 16.8 percent of craft growth. Complete Story

IRI: Craft Beer Sales Up 23 Percent Through August 10(September 2) Year-to-date craft dollar sales in IRI’s multi-outlet and convenience retail channel universe (MULC), which comprises grocery, drug, Wal-Mart, Club, Dollar, Mass-Merchandiser and Military stores, were up 22.9 percent to $1.3 billion through Aug. 10. Volume sales are also growing steadily, up 19.3 percent in MULC during the same period. Complete Story

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18th Century Brewery Remains Found College of William and Mary(September 1) - College students have always had a taste for beer, and archaeologists have uncovered new evidence at the College of William and Mary to prove it. The remains of what is likely an 18th century on-campus brewery were discovered just outside of the nation's oldest college building when campus officials were looking to widen a sidewalk. Complete Story

One job in beer supports 45 in other industries(August 31) - The study, jointly commissioned by the institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association, found that a brewery job helps support others in the agriculture, business, construction, finance insurance and real estate, manufacturing, retail, transportation and communication, travel and entertainment and wholesale sectors. Complete Story
Meet the brewers: Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing(August 31) - Ya gotta admit it: The Green Bench brewery in St. Pete’s EDGE District is impressive. Modern construction, roomy patio, plenty of green space for kids to play or food trucks to park. But would it matter if the beer weren’t great? In the months since opening, head brewer Khris Johnson’s offerings have only gotten more refined and adventurous. And he’s got more in store for Tampa Bay beer lovers. Complete Story  

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