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New Belgium sets grand opening for East Coast brewery(October 2) - New Belgium Brewing Co. will begin pouring beers at its new West Asheville, North Carolina, brewery in February and offer public tours of the site in March, the company announced Wednesday. The brewery has set a grand opening date of Aug. 27, New Belgium spokeswoman Suzanne Hackett said Wednesday. Complete Story

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Oskar Blues and 4 Alabama Breweries Brew Hoptub Time Machine Beer
(October 2) - In early September, Oskar Blues invited Straight to Ale (Huntsville, AL), Good People Brewing Co. (Birmingham, AL), Cahaba Brewing (Birmingham, AL), and Fairhope Brewing Company (Fairhope, AL) to their Brevard, NC brewery. The five breweries developed a recipe and began brewing their collaborative brew, Hoptub Bath Machine. Complete Story
Beer Guy: Could local brewery be sold?
(October 2) -Every time you turn around, a big national brewery is buying out a craft brand somewhere. It hasn’t happened here yet, but it sure could. Asheville is a national beer city and what happens elsewhere could find its way into these mountains. Complete Story
Dogfish Head Sells 15 Percent Stake to LNK Partners
(September 30) - Dogfish Head, the country’s 13th largest craft brewery, today announced it has sold a 15 percent stake to LNK Partners, a New York-based private equity firm that has previously invested in companies like Niman Ranch, Performance Bicycle, Beachbody and Au Bon Pain, among others. Complete Story
Boston Beer Company announces introduction of three new nitro cans
(September 30) - On Friday, amid the ongoing Great American Beer Festival celebration down the street, at an aptly named “Quench Your Own Thirst” (more on that later…) beer and brunch with Boston Beer Company brewer and founder Jim Koch, the charismatic craft beer entrepreneur announced the introduction of three new canned nitro beers. Complete Story
Samuel Adams 2015 LongShot Contest Elevates Homebrewing Champions To The National Stage
(September 30) - The brewers at Sam Adams today announced the three winning homebrewers from the 2015 Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest. The winning brews were unveiled at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, one of the most celebrated craft beer events attracting tens of thousands of beer lovers from across the United States. This year's winners – Tim Thomssen's Raspberry Berliner Weisse, Kevin Nanzer's Belgian Golden Strong Ale, and Samuel Adams employee Colin Foy's Flanders Red Ale. Complete Story
Year-old Trappist brewery in Spencer expands its line
(September 30) - Early in 2014, to much fanfare, Spencer’s Saint Joseph’s Abbey opened the first certified Trappist brewery outside of Europe. The monks built a gleaming, 36,000-square-foot facility in a setting in which the word “bucolic” doesn’t do justice. They brewed one beer: a bright, peppery Belgian ale the monks themselves now drink with Sunday dinner. Complete Story

Over 4,000 Breweries in the United States(September 29) - Much of the beer world’s attention in the past week was focused on the Great American Beer Festival. However, the week also brought another milestone in the resurgence of local American brewing, with the Brewers Association database passing 4,000 active breweries. Although precise numbers from the 19th century are difficult to confirm, this is almost certainly the first time the United States has crossed the 4,000 brewery barrier since the 1870s. Complete Story

Dick Cantwell’s Beer Is Immortal
(September 29) - A HASTILY DISPATCHED PHONE CHAIN the previous evening mustered about half of Elysian’s 240 employees to the brewery’s production facility in Georgetown the morning of January 23. Everyone knew something was up; the last all-hands meeting in the company’s history happened the day the original brewpub opened on Capitol Hill 19 years earlier. Complete Story
Ohio brewers come home loaded with medals from Great American Beer Festival
(September 29) - Ohio had its strongest ever showing at the Great American Beer Festival last week, with Buckeye State brewers taking home 10 medals. That total set a record for Ohio. The previous high was eight in both 2013 and 1999. Complete Story
Green Flash Brewmaster Departs, Starting New Brewery
(September 29) - Longtime Green Flash Brewing brewmaster Chuck Silva has resigned from the company after nearly 11 years, the brewery announced today. In a statement, Silva — who lends his name to the company’s highly touted Silva Stout — said it was “so fulfilling to play such a major role” in helping to grow Green Flash to the 64,000 barrel operation it is today. Complete Story
Brewers Association Announces the 2015 Great American Beer Festival Medal Winners
(September 28) - On Saturday, award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 92 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles, establishing the best examples of each style in the country. Winners were chosen from 6,647 competition entries (20 percent more than in 2014) from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Complete Story
(September 28) - Brewmaster Matt Brynildson and his brewing team at Firestone Walker Brewing Company continue to spin gold, earning “Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewer of The Year” honors once again at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival® held this weekend in Denver, Colorado. Complete Story
Oskar Blues to open third brewery, this one in Austin
(September 27) Oskar Blues with breweries in Colorado and North Carolina — plans to add to its empire by opening a brewery in Austin, Texas. But the Longmont-based brewer is not stopping there. The architect behind canned craft beer envisions operating more breweries across the nation and, perhaps by the end of this year, could select a location for a fourth brewery. Complete Story
Thirty-one Colorado breweries score medals in GABF 2015
(September 27) Thirty-one Colorado breweries earned 36 medals Saturday in the Great American Beer Festival competition this weekend in Denver’s Colorado Convention Center, including six gold medals, 15 silver medals and 15 bronze medals. Complete Story
Craft brewery employee ownership grows as alternative to selling out
(September 27) Though it was billed as a celebration of employee ownership, the gathering of brewers at The Corner Office bar in Denver on Thursday might better have been called the “anti-Anheuser Busch” movement. Complete Story

(September 26) Et tu, Golden Road? First, Chicago craft brewery Goose Island was sold to Anheuser-Busch in 2011. Then, two weeks ago, within 48 hours, Heineken purchased half of Northern California's Lagunitas Brewing and San Diego's Saint Archer got swallowed by MillerCoors. Complete Story
America's Best Oktoberfests
(September 22) - Celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich is a cherished memory for many, but you’re mistaken if you think you need to head to Germany to partake in this annual beer-soaked festival. If you look closer to home, you’ll find no shortage of Oktoberfests right here in the U.S, so get ready for a weekend of beer, sausage, and potato salad. At all of these fests, you’ll find live music, dancing, and plenty of lager, so put on your dirndls and lederhosen and head to one of America’s best Oktoberfests. Complete Story
Maui Brewing is hot, hot, hot
(September 22) -Over the past several decades, just a few brewers have tried opening a craft brewery on Maui, and few have succeeded. But this year marks the 10th anniversary of Garrett and Melanie Marrero's Maui Brewing Co. What began with a brewpub in Lahaina, the touristy beach town, soon grew to include a separate production brewery to produce beer in cans. Complete Story
Cape Coral welcomes new brewery
(September 22) - Craft breweries continue to pop up across Southwest Florida and now Cape Coral is home to the newest brew house, Cape Coral Brewing Company. Opening September 17th, the brewery has a vibrant style with several beers on tap, a bright colorful bar and large indoor & outdoor space to enjoy some cold suds. Complete Story
Sierra Nevada Partners with 600-Year-Old German Brewery on New Oktoberfest Beer
(September 21) - On a trip to Germany this spring, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. finalized its inaugural partner, Augsburg’s Brauhaus Riegele, for a brand new Oktoberfest beer. Released each fall starting in 2015, the collaborative seasonal will feature a different German brewery every year. Complete Story
Yuengling Brewery Chief’s Daughters Work to Become His Successors
(September 21) - “I’m 71,” says Dick Yuengling, the fifth-generation owner of the beer maker D. G. Yuengling & Son. “How many years do I have left? I drop dead, and what’s going to happen?” Yuengling, the oldest brewery in America, has a sixth ownership generation waiting in the wings: Mr. Yuengling’s four daughters. Several are now working at the company — though they are prepared for a very long apprenticeship. Complete Story
Stone taking gamble in Berlin
(September 21) - Six miles south of Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate, a rebuttal is rising on the site of an abandoned turn-of-the-century gasworks. Escondido’s Stone Brewing, known for full-bodied, aggressively hopped ales that are nothing like Bud or Coors, has come here to build the first U.S.-owned brewery in Europe. Complete Story
(September 21) - Once home to hundreds of breweries clustered around its river cities, New Jersey lagged behind all of its neighboring states when it came to the nationwide – and even worldwide -- craft brewery boom. But state lawmakers changed that in 2012 when they overhauled Prohibition-era brewery laws and spurred a flood of entrepreneurs to open cottage brewing businesses. Complete Story
These ten things let you know that you're at the Oktoberfest!
(September 18) - Celebrating the Oktoberfest on the Theresienwiese, or as the locals call it Wiesn, means getting into traditional dress, known here as "Trachten." Everywhere you look, you see women wearing often revealing, colorful Dirndls, while the men sport knee length Lederhosen with woolen socks. Now take a deep breath, because you are on the right track for the Oktoberfest. Complete Story
New York City craft beer boom
(September 18) - Pull up a stool at Big Alice Brewing in Long Island City, Queens, and co-founder Kyle Hurst will show you that he knows craft beer. Hurst opened the brewery and taproom on 43rd Road and is ready to expand. Using different ingredients, he makes beer that tells a story. Complete Story
The 10 healthiest beers, ranked
(September 18) - There's no question that beer gets a bad rap when it comes to whether or not it's good for you—in fact, you've probably just come to accept the fact that knocking back a pint or two is somehow derailing your general well-being. But while it's true that a few too many six-packs can wreak havoc on your waistline—and possibly your social life—beer actually can do a body good, believe it or not. Complete Story
Floridafest Octoberfest - Lager with Coconut from Concrete Breach Brewery
(September 18) - There's no question that beer gets a bad rap when it comes to whether or not it's good for you—in fact, you've probably just come to accept the fact that knocking back a pint or two is somehow derailing your general well-being. But while it's true that a few too many six-packs can wreak havoc on your waistline—and possibly your social life—beer actually can do a body good, believe it or not. Complete Story
How a tiny Brazilian brewery came to dominate the beer industry
(September 17) - AB InBev can trace its origins to a merger between a pair of Brazilian brewers in 1999. After a string of deals that followed, it has grown to more than $47 billion in annual sales. Complete Story
New brewery open at Snoqualmie Pass, Washington
(September 17) - There’s two things people should know about Dru Bru, the new brewery at Snoqualmie Pass: the beer is European-influenced and it has lower alcohol content. That makes it perfect for drinking before or after a day on the trail, or during a break from a road trip on Interstate 90, said Dru Ernst, co-owner and brewer. Complete Story
Fletcher, NC to get first brewery
(September 17) - The latest town landing its own craft brewery will be Fletcher, where Blue Ghost Brewing looks to pour its first pints next year. Named for the famous glowing Blue Ghost fireflies that flutter through Dupont State Forest, the brewery will be a community gathering spot in Fletcher, which has been without its own craft brewery, said founder Erik Weber. Complete Story
Anheuser-Busch InBev Approaches SABMiller on Possible Takeover
(September 17) - Anheuser-Busch InBev said on Wednesday that it had approached SABMiller about a potential takeover, in a deal that would combine the world’s largest beer makers into a global giant. Complete Story

Startup Grind hosts first event at Contrary Brewery(September 16) - Startup Grind Muscatine hosted its first "fireside chat" event at Contrary Brewery featuring Contrary’s founder and brew master, Mark Mitchell. Contrary Brewing Co. first opened its doors to the public this past April and, according to Mitchell, business is going well thanks to community support. Complete Story

Startup Grind hosts first event at Contrary Brewery
(September 16) - Startup Grind Muscatine hosted its first "fireside chat" event at Contrary Brewery featuring Contrary’s founder and brew master, Mark Mitchell. Contrary Brewing Co. first opened its doors to the public this past April and, according to Mitchell, business is going well thanks to community support. Complete Story
SweetWater Brewing Co. Tackling Northeast Markets, Including NYC
(September 16) - The Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing Company will be expanding to New York City, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The company, which announced its distribution to northern New Jersey with Peerless Beverage Company in June, has developed a major following along the east coast that has lead them to expand further along the coast. Complete Story
Colin Cowherd's new beer is completely inoffensive and fine
(September 16) - when Rogue Ales announced that they were making a Colin Cowherd beer, I assumed that in accordance with his character, I was either going to love it or hate it. Rogue’s tribute to Cowherd is called Blunt N’ Bitter, an apt description of the man and a marginally accurate description of the drink. Complete Story
Haines Brewery opens doors at new location in Alaska
(September 16) - “Well this is the tap room, and you’re standing next to our row of tap lines, of 12 taps right through the wall from our walk-in cooler,” brewery co-owner Paul Wheeler describes the layout of the new location. To celebrate the occasion, he brewed up a special drink. It’s number one on tap. Complete Story
Brewers Association Launches Free Online Brewery Safety Training
(September 15) - The Brewers Association announced the launch of a 10-part video training focusing on the specific tasks that are performed in a brewery. The Brewery Safety Training addresses the need for occupational safety and health (OSH) training in the craft brewing industry. The training focuses on the specific tasks that are performed in a brewery. Complete Story
Bowling Green Beer Works opens on Grove Street
(September 15) - Justin Marx has dreamt of having his own brewery since he was 21 years old; now he owns and operates the recently-opened Bowling Green Beer Works brewery. “I wanted to start a neighborhood brewery,” said Marx. Complete Story
Black Husky Brewing finding its way to Riverwest
(September 15) - As a tiny craft brewery that features photos of sled dogs on its bottle labels, Tim and Toni Eichinger's company seems well-suited for a rural location in northern Wisconsin. But most of the taverns and liquor stores that buy Black Husky Brewing LLC's beers are in the Milwaukee area, around 200 miles away. Complete Story
26° Brewing Company Opens Friday in Pompano Beach, Florida
(September 15) - Five years ago, 26° Brewing Co. cofounder Greg Lieberman began making beer as a hobby. Today, the self-taught brewer is making more than 900 gallons per batch at his Pompano Beach brewery, set to open later this week. Complete Story
MillerCoors to Shut North Carolina Brewery Amid Volume Declines
(September 14) - MillerCoors LLC said Monday it will shut its brewery in Eden, N.C., next year, affecting 520 workers, as the second-largest U.S. brewer by sales grapples with falling consumption of mainstream beers. The maker of Coors Light and Miller Lite cautioned it expects continued volume declines “each of the next few years” after its volumes contracted by 10 million barrels since 2008. Complete Story
Here's why you should take pumpkin beers seriously
(September 14) - Once a year, a rift appears among the craft beer community, tearing a normally like-minded group asunder and forcing beer lovers to pick a side: Do they love pumpkin ales or do they detest them? Sure, there are some fence-sitters. But generally, if you’re a craft beer drinker, you’ve got a pretty firm opinion on the subject. Complete Story
Bell's Brewery, Michigan craft beer pioneer, turns 30
(September 13) - Bell's Brewery has come a long way from its beginnings brewing in a 15-gallon soup kettle to becoming Michigan's largest beer maker and a trailblazer in the burgeoning craft beer industry. Bell's this weekend is marking its 30th anniversary. Complete Story
Greg Koch stepping down as Stone Brewing CEO
(September 13) - After 19 years at the helm, Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch has announced he will be giving up the CEO title and transitioning into a new role as executive chairman. In his new role, Koch will focus on long-term strategic planning while leaving the day-to-day operations to the new CEO. Complete Story
New Carlisle hops farm jumps into local craft beer game
(September 13) - ops farm to provide a key ingredient, thanks to Mankato Farms in New Carlisle, Ohio. The farm, located at 10840 Milton Carlisle Road, was started three years ago. Co-owners and homebrewers Tom Hoenie and his wife Stacey and Joe Pellegrino and his wife Aimee see themselves as more than farmers working a crop. Complete Story
Raleigh’s Blackjack Brewing relocating to Wilmington
(September 13) - A pirate-themed brewery in Raleigh is soon setting sail for the coast. The Triangle’s popular Blackjack Brewing Co. is shuttering its original Five Points location on Whitaker Mill Road and heading for Wilmington in the near future. Complete Story
MillerCoors Acquires Craft Brewer Saint Archer
(September 11) - MillerCoors LLC said Thursday it is beefing up its craft-beer portfolio by acquiring its first craft brewery, Saint Archer Brewing Co. of San Diego. Saint Archer expects to sell 35,000 barrels of beer this year. Recent acquisitions have valued craft brewers at more than $1,000 a barrel, which would value the San Diego brewery at more than $35 million. Complete Story

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America’s 6 best craft beer fests?(September 11) - Kick off autumn by treating your palate to a tour of beer. From New York to Washington, through beer-happy cities like Milwaukee and Asheville, N.C., the suds are flowing at beer fests across the U.S. Each one has a theme, too, whether it’s sour beer, local beer or fresh hops. So no matter how you like your suds, there’s a festival in this bunch that’s right for you. Complete Story
Innovation Brewing gets partial win in trademark dispute with Bell’s
(September 11) - Innovation Brewing of Sylva has won a legal motion in its ongoing trademark dispute with much bigger Bell’s brewing of Kalamazoo, Michigan. However, the larger issue over naming rights remains in court. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled on the motion this week, siding with Innovation and denying legal efforts by Bell’s to amend its lawsuit. Complete Story
Historic northern Kentucky theater will become brewery
(September 11) - Bellevue has found someone to bring the historic Marianne Theater back to life after the site sat vacant for 17 years. The city council this week accepted a proposal by Cincinnati developer Kent Hardman to turn the theater into a brewery. Complete Story

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