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How Anchor Brewing changed the beer business(August 3) - If the current craft beer "revolution" has a defined starting point, you might say Aug. 2, 1965, was that moment. On that date, Fritz Maytag, heir to the Maytag washing machine company, bought a stake in Anchor Brewing Co. From there, the company he built started many of the innovations that are now key parts of the craft beer culture. Complete Story

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Great Divide Brewing opens taproom at new brewery in Denver
(August 3) - Inside Great Divide Brewing’s new taproom, it’s easy to see why they named it the Barrel Room. Dark stained staves from old barrels pattern the walls, frame the light fixtures and hang from the ceiling like a thatch above a tiki bar. Complete Story
Upstate South Carolina breweries enjoy trendy boom; boost local economy
(August 2) - All around Greenville and the Upstate, a new brewery boom is under way. The six current Upstate brewing operations - four of them in Greenville County - soon will be joined by six more new players, doubling the craft beer scene. Complete Story
Avondale Brewery to unveil custom honeysuckle beer
(August 3) - Avondale production manager Charles Harrison said the brewery created a honeysuckle-flavored saison and a special IPA for the event that reflects the mission of the Freshwater Land Trust, a non-profit group that arranges land purchases or donations for conservation projects and contributed heavily to projects like the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, the Red Rock Trail, Red Mountain Park and others. Complete Story
The best IPAs from great American craft breweries
(August 2) - Do you know the exact definition of a craft brewery? According to the Brewers Association, in order for a brewery to be considered craft, it must be “small, independent, and traditional.” That means that it produces no more than six million barrels per year and that outside investors or part-owners have less than 25 percent control of the brand. Complete Story
Wicked Weed opens new brewery
(August 2) - Beer is in the tanks at the new $7 million Wicked Weed brewery in Candler and bottles should be out in about a month, adding greatly to the company's already high beer profile here. At full build-out, the brewery might produce 100,000 barrels annually, but that won't be anytime soon, said head blender Walk Dickinson. Complete Story
Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head on Denver, craft beer growth and an overture from big beer
(August 2) - The story behind why 10 taps of Dogfish Head beer flow at a new “collective eatery” in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood begins with one of craft beer’s great evangelists and a high school pal turned beer geek. Sam Calagione is a blur behind his brewery’s booth at the Great American Beer Festival, a tireless presence who answers all questions and refuses no selfie (as far as we know). Complete Story
Monks at Mount Angel Abbey aim to open brewery by summer 2016
(August 2) - Monastic affinity for alcohol might come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with the cloistered Catholics, but Christian monks have been brewing beer for more than 1,000 years. Monks in the medieval era brewed beer to keep their communities hydrated, said Father Martin Grassel, who oversees Mount Angel Abbey's brewing venture. Complete Story
Salt Springs Brewery now open inside former church
(August 1) - Washtenaw County's newest craft beer bar and restaurant opened Friday night as Salt Springs Brewery hosted its grand opening celebration. Guests were lined up in advance and wait times varied as the highly anticipated brewery opened for business. Seating in the dining area and the outdoor patio was filled just minutes after doors opened. Complete Story
A Brooklyn Brewery founder shares the best advice he ever got
(July 31) - Steve Hindy founded Brooklyn Brewery with Tom Potter in 1988. Thanks to the recent craft beer revolution, it's emerged as one of the top 10 most successful independent breweries in the US. Complete Story
Craft brewers experiment with tea
(July 31) - While watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Nick Hempfer found inspiration for his next beer. The favorite drink of Patrick Stewart’s character on the show is Earl Grey tea. So the Summit Brewing brewer created his own drink using the blend’s citrus tea leaves. Complete Story
The Next American Job-Creator? Beer.
(July 31) - Americans looking to beat the heat now have even more reasons to feel good about cracking open a cold beer. According to “Beer Serves America,” a report released earlier this week by the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association, the industry is responsible for about 1.75 million jobs. Complete Story
Wauconda brewery making splash with root beer flavor
(July 30) - Last fall, Small Town Brewery bottled 50 kegs of Not Your Father's Root Beer in 22-ounce bomber bottles -- a limited release distributed to seven Binny's Beverage Depots to go on sale at 9 a.m. on a Saturday in November. Brewmaster Tim Kovac, eager to gauge how popular his brew had become, asked family members to fan out to the locations and report back. Lines stretched through the rain, he said. "The whole batch went in nine minutes.". Complete Story
Charlotte brewery wins national recognition
(July 30) -A Charlotte brewery took home a silver medal for one of its brews in the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Sugar Creek Brewing Co. gained that recognition for its namesake Belgian Dubbel. The beer championship is a competition featuring professional breweries and award-winning homebrewers. Complete Story
Ska honored as eco-friendly brewery
(July 30) - Epicure & Culture: Food, Wine & Culture for the Ethical Traveler named Ska to its list of 10 of the most Sustainable Sips in the world. Noted for its 100 percent wind-powered and solar-lighting, sustainable energy in its vans, environmentally friendly aluminum cans and recycled packaging materials, the list also mentioned the offer to customers to recycle six-pack containers for beer. Complete Story
Lone Star Brewery’s new owner puts dreams in action
(July 30) - The Lone Star Brewery was once one of those uniquely San Antonio landmarks. It was more than just a business, it was a meeting place, a swimming hole, a concert venue. Complete Story
Great American Beer Festival announces 2015 brewery lineup
(July 29) - Soak it all in, craft beer lovers: the Great American Beer Festival this morning unveiled the roster of nearly 750 breweries pouring at this year’s event. The list was posted before the beginning of the mad rush that is ticket presale open to members of the Brewers Association and the American Homebrewers Association. Complete Story
Innis & Gunn oak-aged beers earn three U.S. Open medals
‏(July 29) - Innis & Gunn, the award-winning independent Edinburgh brewer of oak-aged beers, has won three medals in the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championships. The winners for the 2015 judging were announced earlier this month. The contest received nearly 4,000 beer and cider entries from around the world, representing 90 different styles. Complete Story
How We Started Our Brewery
(July 29) - Snowboarding has grounded Justin Walsh since he was a kid. Many winters, he would chuck whatever he was doing and travel for three months in search of fresh tracks. The jagged Eastern Sierra peaks around June Lake, California, a sleepy resort town at the backdoor to Yosemite National Park and an hour down the road from the mighty Mammoth Mountain, became his favorite cruise. Complete Story
Suds and salutations: Brewery yoga trend spills into Chicago
(July 29) - If you are a wannabe yogi with a penchant for craft beer, a new trend might have you bounding out of the house before you can say "namaste." Chicago area breweries have caught on to trends in Colorado, California and other spots around the country by launching their own brand of yoga and beer tasting events, some of which are in direct smelling distance of fermenting beer. Complete Story
Heavy Seas creates beer in honor of Cal Ripken Jr.
(July 28) - Heavy Seas in Halethorpe has created a beer filled with amber but bathed in orange. The beer is called Fielder’s Choice and the Ripken-inspired lager is just one way those in Baltimore will help commemorate one of the most iconic moments in Charm City’s sports history. Complete Story
Pucker Up for Pineapple, Odell Brewing Introduces Piña Agria
(July 28) - On July 31, 2015, Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of its newest Cellar Series brew, Piña Agria, a sour ale brewed with pineapple. Offered in 750ml cork & cage finished bottles, the Cellar Series of beers are bigger and bolder brews that push the boundaries of style, ingredients, and brewing techniques. They are a showcase of the brewers’ innovation and talent, and an outlet for creativity and experimentation. Complete Story 

Avery Brewing Celebrates 22 Years with Wild Ale and Wild Party(July 28) - After 21 years of piecing together 6- and 8-car-garages in an industrial alley off Arapahoe Avenue, Founder and CEO Adam Avery was more than ready to build his dream brewery. In February, Avery opened the doors of his 67,000 sq. ft., $30 million brewery filled with the best brewing equipment available. Complete Story
What beer-making can teach you about the business world
(July 27) - At Miami University’s Farmer School of Business, we designed an experiential class to go in depth with these issues, leveraging the lessons of the beer industries as a way to better understand larger trends in business strategy and supply chains. Complete Story

What beer-making can teach you about the business world
(July 27) - At Miami University’s Farmer School of Business, we designed an experiential class to go in depth with these issues, leveraging the lessons of the beer industries as a way to better understand larger trends in business strategy and supply chains. Complete Story
Brewers Association Reports Big Gains for Small and Independent Brewers
(July 27) - The craft brewing industry has continued a strong pace of growth in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers. American craft beer production volume increased 16 percent during the first half of the year. Complete Story
The newest hub for craft beer
(July 27) - Asheville, N.C. is widely recognized as one of the hotspots of craft – arguably the hotspot in the Southeast. But 128 miles to the east, the state’s business hub and biggest city is starting to build a reputation of its own. Charlotte, N.C. isn’t a place that often springs to mind for craft beer lovers, but it’s a mistake to overlook it – for a number of reasons. Complete Story
Inside Anheuser-Busch’s craft beer deals
(July 26) - On one side was industry leader Anheuser-Busch InBev and its nearly 50 percent share of the U.S. beer market. On the other side was a growing group of upstart brewers with limited production, but big dreams in their heads and big hops in their brews. Complete Story
Oxbow Brewery Offering Beer Made With Live Lobsters
(July 23) - ecause there’s always got to be something out there to push the boundaries of what’s “normal,” folks who are into drinking things they’d usually eat should get a kick out of one Maine brewer’s newest concoction: Beer brewed using live lobsters and a dash of sea salt. Oxbow Brewery in Newcastle, ME has the special tap at its brewery this summer, with the lobster giving the beer a subtle brininess and sweetness, brewmaster Tim Adams says. Complete Story 
Savannah's locally crafted beers win honors
(July 23) -Coastal Empire Beer Co. won a gold medal for their March to the Sea brand in the American Barley Wine category. March to the Sea is a collaboration product with the Kennesaw, Ga. based Burnt Hickory Brewery. Complete Story
New Belgium to open pilot brewery in Denver
(July 22) - While preparing for the opening of its second brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, New Belgium Brewing Company announced a third, pilot brewery to open in Denver in 2017. The Fort Collins-based craft brewery — the fourth-largest craft brewery in the country — will open a micro, 10-barrel pilot brewery in Denver’s River North District. Complete Story
Perennial Artisan Ales named best in Missouri
(July 22) -St. Louis has been a beer town for most of its modern life, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a local brewery landed on a “Best Craft Brewery” list. Perennial Artisan Ales, located at 8125 Michigan Ave., was named the ‘Best Craft Brewery’ in Missouri by Thrillist. Complete Story
Odell Brewing moves to employee ownership(July 21) - Each employee of Odell Brewing Company became a part owner of the 800 Lincoln Ave. brewery on Monday. Doug, Wynne and Corkie Odell had owned the brewery since its inception in 1989. The three sold 19 percent of brewery stock to a newly-formed employee stock option plan, in which all 115 workers participate. The stock will change in value as the company grows. Complete Story
Point Brewery earns 7 medals at U.S. Beer Championship
(July 21) - “To participate in a premier, high-profile beer event like the U.S. Open Beer Championship is a privilege,” Joe Martino, Stevens Point Brewery operating partner, said in a media release. “To win medals, especially a gold one, in head-to-head competition with many exceptional entries from around the world is an honor that reaffirms our commitment to brewing the finest handcrafted specialty beers and ciders.” Complete Story
More brewery acquisitions on the way
(July 21) - The words are different, but as far as consumers are concerned, it’s all the same. Last winter, Anheuser-Busch “acquired” Elysian Brewing and “purchased” 10 Barrel Brewing. This spring, Encore Associates “bought out” Full Sail Brewing. Just the other day we learned that Duvel Moortgat “partnered” with Firestone Walker. Complete Story
Sun King Brewery To Can 2015 Official Beer of Gen Con
(July 21) - Sun King Brewing has returned as a Promotional Partner for Gen Con 2015, brewing an official beer specifically for the convention for the fourth consecutive year. As part of this agreement, Sun King again will operate an outdoor, ages 21 and older, beer garden, and host a tapping “kickoff” party on the evening of July 29 in Indianapolis. Complete Story
Museum, restoration effort bring life back to old Potosi brewery(July 20) - Tangerine IPA and Oatmeal Stout weren’t on the menu when Potosi Brewing Co. began making beer over a century ago in the small southwestern Wisconsin town for which it’s named. But they’re among the brands helping drive a major expansion of Potosi Brewing. Complete Story
Schell's, Badger Hill Brewing take honors at U.S. Beer Open
(July 20) - August Schell Brewing Co. and Badger Hill Brewing both took home honors at the U.S. Open Beer Championship earlier this month in Oxford, Ohio. The Star Tribune has a post on the latest wins for Minnesota beer: New Ulm-based Schell's took home the gold medal in the German Hefeweizen category and silver in the American Amber category; Badger Hill, of Shakopee, won silver in the Out of Bounds Pale Ale category. Complete Story
Brewery Yoga Is the Perfect Excuse to Drink After a Workout
(July 19) - Are you more motivated to do downward dog if you get to knock back a beer or two afterwards? Perhaps, yes. According to ABC, the newest trend is doing yoga in breweries. Tammy Portnoy, the marketing director for Port City Brewing Co. in Virginia, notes that so far the her brewery has received positive feedback on their in-house yoga classes. Complete Story

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Pedals and pints: A guide to your own bike-friendly brewery tour(July 18) - MSP’s warm-weather biking season is in full swing. While we tip our hats to those avid cyclists who need no excuse whatsoever to hop on their bikes and hit the trails, we sympathize with those who need a bit more encouragement. What better incentive to burn some calories than the promise of a cold, hoppy beverage at the end of the ride. Complete Story
Firestone Walker Brewing Combining with Duvel Moortgat(July 17) - Firestone Walker dropped a bomb Thursday night by revealing that the “family-owned brewery with hands-on proprietorship” had chosen to combine with Belgian brewing giant Duvel Moortgat. The “partnership”—as the press release seems to hesitate in calling the interaction an “acquisition”—was announced via the brewery’s website, and simultaneously on Twitter and Facebook. Complete Story

Another U.S. Open Beer Championship gold medal for Kräftig Light
(July 17) - Kräftig Light from Missouri-based William K Busch Brewing Company won its fourth consecutive gold medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championship. Kräftig Light once again finished first in the "American Light" category of the awards, which were announced this weekend in Oxford, Ohio. Complete Story
Rock Hill brewery turns old car dealership into beer haven
(July 17) - A local brewing company is turning an old car dealership into the latest craft brew paradise. Legal Remedy Brewing is set to open what was once a Chrysler dealership from the 1960's in just a few weeks. Complete Story




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