McMenamins opening its biggest hotel/brewery in
Bothell(April 23) - The McMenamins have built a
small empire of 59 pubs, breweries and hotels in
Oregon with a few eateries in Washington. Now,
they're bringing their biggest creation yet to
Bothell. The brothers are taking the 84-year-old
Anderson School and turning it into a five-acre
campus of beers, bars, food, music and movies.
Craft Brewery of the Day:
Asheville Brewing in North Carolina
2015 Craft Brewer's Conference
Photos in Portland, Oregon
Space heaters found inside old Lemp Brewery after
overnight fire(April 23) - Firefighters battled
flames at the old Lemp Brewery warehouse early
Wednesday morning. Fire officials said it appeared
vagrants were living in the two rooms the fire was
contained to because they found space heaters,
electricity and other items in them.
Craft Distilleries and Breweries Take Hold in South
Bronx(April 23) - On family trips to Puerto
Rico, Rafael Barbosa got a taste for his uncle’s
pitorro: a potent concoction made from sugar cane in
a crude backyard still. But back home in New York
City, he could never find anything like it. So
teaming up with a childhood friend, Mr. Barbosa
persuaded his uncle, Rafael Rodriguez, to move to
New York and bring his secret recipe for “Puerto
Rican moonshine” to start the Port Morris
Argonaut Brewing, a new Gold Rush-inspired brewery
and taproom is set to open this summer(April 23)
- A new craft brewery in Rancho Cordova will have
the atmosphere of an old mining town, according to
its owner. Mike Ryan plans to open Argonaut Brewing
Co. by June 2015. The brewery will fill
approximately 5,000 square feet at 11366 Monier Park
Michigan brewers respond to Budweiser's craft beer
jab(April 22) - "Let them sip their pumpkin
peach ale, we'll be brewing us some golden suds."
That was the message Anheuser-Busch sent to millions
of beer drinkers with their Budweiser commercial
that aired during Super Bowl XLIX in February. The
ad, which showed mustached, hipster-looking guys
sniffing beer, poked fun of craft beer culture.
What 3,465 Breweries Are Doing To The Hop Supply(April
22) - I admit there’s a certain “duh” factor to
this, but it’s still interesting to see the numbers.
With IPA and other hoppy beers accounting for over
20% of the craft beer market, there’s not enough
hops being grown to keep up with current demand, and
it will only get worse as interest continues to
grow, as it seems likely the popularity of hoppy
beers will be with us for the foreseeable future.
Fred Fest honors one of the founders of American
craft brewing(April 22) - Alan Sprints, Lisa
Morrison and Preston Weesner started Fred Fest as an
80th birthday party for Fred Eckhardt, the Dean of
American Beer Writers, and now it's in its 10th
year, meaning that Fred is turning 89. Why in this
youth-obssessed culture would we celebrate a man's
Beverage World's 2015 Craft Brewer of the Year:
Brooklyn Brewery(April 22) - “It’s like the
power of water, dripping, eating through rocks, it’s
unstoppable,” Steve Hindy raises both hands shoulder
level, fingers pointed toward the floor, bobbing up
and down in a mime of trickling water. “That’s sort
of what’s happening with craft beer now. I don’t
think you can stop it because it’s people who are
BridgePort boss donates $1 million for OSU research
brewery(April 21) - Oregon State University's
fermentation science program has received a $1
million gift from Carlos Alvarez, the chairman and
chief executive officer of The Gambrinus Company, a
San Antonio-based beer company that owns BridgePort
Brewing Company in Portland.
Stone Brewing Releases Stone Ruination Double IPA
2.0(April 21) - In June 2002, Stone Brewing Co.
introduced the world's first full-time brewed and
bottled West Coast double IPA, Stone Ruination IPA.
Massively hopped and aggressively bitter, it helped
spark the ever-growing desire among legions of craft
beer fans for over-the-top hop flavors and aromas.
Kickstarter Fund for Pointless Brewery & Theatre
Successful(April 21) -And just like that, 39
days of fundraising comes to a close. 522 people
from around the world have come together to support
this project, raising $52,537. To each and every one
of you that pledged, that shared this project, that
encouraged your friends to donate, you have our
Kickstarter Fund for 10K Brewing's First Taproom and
Brewery Successfull (April 21) - 335 backers
contributed $22,329 so far. Meeting our funding goal
with 10 days still remaining in our campaign! We are
completely blown away and could not be happier with
how well this campaign has gone! It never ceases to
amaze us how far Minnesota Nice goes.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
& 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.