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Craft beer bill moves on to Governor's desk(March 23) - A bill that could expand Georgia’s craft beer business will go to the governor. The bill got final passage today in the state Senate. The bill would allow the state’s craft breweries to sell limited quantities of beer directly to the public. It’s a simple concept that for years, ran afoul of the state’s three-tier system. Complete Story

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Bill would increase Nevada craft beer production, but sellers oppose plan(March 23) - A bill seeking to increase the amount of beer craft breweries can produce annually ran into a foamy wall of opposition from large liquor interests during a legislative hearing Wednesday. Senate Bill 130 from Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, would increase the allowed production capacity from 15,000 barrels to 45,000 barrels a year. A barrel is the equivalent of 31 gallons. Complete Story

SKA Brewing Promoates Kurt Randall to Head Brewer(March 23) - There is a new head brewer at Ska Brewing. According to a press release, the Durango, Colo.-based brewery has named Kurt Randall to lead its brewing operations, a role he will take on after being hired in 2015 as a brewhouse supervisor. Complete Story
Craft beer bill moves on to Governor's desk(March 22) - A bill that could expand Georgia’s craft beer business will go to the governor. The bill got final passage today in the state Senate. The bill would allow the state’s craft breweries to sell limited quantities of beer directly to the public. It’s a simple concept that for years, ran afoul of the state’s three-tier system. Complete Story
Top 10 craft beer producing countries: US and UK lead the way(March 21) - The United States remains the biggest craft beer producer, but the UK has more craft breweries per capita, according to a survey from Alltech and The Brewers Journal. Complete Story

Maui Brewing Founders Named Hawaii's Small Business Persons of Year(March 21) - Garrett W. Marrero, president and CEO of Maui Brewing Co., and his wife, Melanie M. Oxley, the company’s vice president and chief operating officer, have been named Hawaii’s Small Business Persons of the Year by the federal government’s Small Business Administration. Complete Story
Stone Brewing creates beer with recycled water(March 20) - Stone Brewing is breaking new ground by becoming the first to try making beer using water that "comes from the toilet." On Thursday, at the Stone Brewing location at Liberty Station, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was among the first to drink the Full Circle Pale Ale. Complete Story
Bracket Madness: America's best craft beer brewery(March 20) - The best brewery, for you, may be one nearby. Fresh beer, especially if it’s full of hops, is always better. And so many places now are making wonderful beer. Complete Story
It is officially Colorado Craft Beer Week(March 18) - Saturday, March 18, through Saturday, March 25, marks Colorado Craft Beer Week, a celebration of all things malty and bubbly made in Colorado. Run by the Colorado Brewers Guild, the week sees  Colorado breweries putting on special events. Complete Story

Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries of 2016(March 16) - The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 40 were craft brewing companies. Complete Story
Dan Kopman to Join Heavy Seas Beer as CEO(March 16) - Heavy Seas Beer, brewing in Baltimore since 1995, announced today that it has named Dan Kopman as Chief Executive Officer effective May 1, 2017. Dan will report to Founder, Hugh Sisson, who will remain full-time Managing Partner and continue to play a very active role in the business. Complete Story
Hotbox Roasters Introduces Canned Nitro Cold Brew Coffee(March 16) - Hotbox Roasters introduces its latest caffeinated creation, Nitro Cold Brew. Hotbox Roasters’ Nitro Cold Brew is a high-octane dose of 420 mg of caffeine in an infinitely recyclable 12 fl. oz. can. Complete Story
Former Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele’s Atlanta project has a name(March 16) - Brewmaster Mitch Steele and beer industry veterans Carey Falcone and Bob Powers are set to open New Realm Brewing Co. The trio announced the new venture in the fall and spent many hours since then coming up with the right name. Complete Story
Brewery bill passes through Georgia House(March 15) - Georgia Senate Bill 85 officially passed through the Georgia House of Representatives on Monday, March 13. The bill permits customers and long-time beer devotees to purchase beer directly from Georgia breweries. The bill passed 147-14 and provides a middle ground between the Georgia beer wholesalers and brewers who have struggled in years past to find a balance in selling beer through wholesalers to retailers. Complete Story
Demand soars for Jai Alai IPA as Oskar Blues opens NC availability(March 15) - Oskar Blues, which has a brewery in Brevard, already has Dale's Pale Ale—a hop-heavy ale in an iconic blue-and-red can. When they added Tampa-based Cigar City, though, they brought Jal Alai IPA into the mix. Jai Alai is so sought after that Jake Hogan, the central North Carolina sales rep for Oskar Blues, said he sold 500 cases of the beer in the first four days it was available in the Tar Heel State. Complete Story
Hunahpu's Day continues to be one of Tampa's signature events(March 15) - Is Hunahpu's Day on one of those "you know you're in Tampa when..." lists yet? Because it should be. You know you're in Tampa when Cigar City Brewing's biggest annual event has left you feeling the effects of its impressive beer list, despite your substantial intake of Kaixo Gourmet fried potato wedges. Complete Story
How one brewery has developed their brewery tour program to attract over 100,000 visitors a year(March 15) - In this episode of the Market The Brew podcast we profile one on the most successful brewery tour programs in the country. Over 100,000 people tour the Lakefront Brewery every year. One of their customers did 50 tours in one year! Complete Story
Baltimore County delegates OK a version of Guinness legislation(March 15) - Baltimore County's state delegates on Monday endorsed their own version of legislation to allow Diageo to open a Guinness brewery in Relay. The delegates voted for a bill that allows all production breweries in the county to gradually increase sales in their on-site taprooms to 4,000 barrels per year — a key request from Diageo. Complete Story
Cape May Brewing Company Releases Eight Irish Stouts on St. Patrick’s Day(March 13) - NJ-- Cape May Brewing Company, the Jersey Shore’s premier local brewery, is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day Paddy on Friday, March 17th. The fun begins at 2 p.m. in the brewery's Tasting Room located at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport. That day, CMBC will have an astounding eight Irish stouts to choose from. Complete Story

The Kansas City Royals have named Boulevard Brewing their official craft beer partner
(March 12) - As Opening Day approaches, however, there’s some good news: The Kansas City Royals have named Boulevard Brewing their official craft beer partner. According to Major League Baseball, it’s the first time a team has had an official craft beer. Complete Story
Maine's Oldest Craft Brewery, D.L. Geary Brewing get new owner(March 12) - Alan Lapoint, the new owner of D.L. Geary Brewing Co., said Maine’s oldest craft brewery was days away from shutting down before he swooped in to acquire the flagging Portland business this week. Complete Story
Hawaii: The next craft beer paradise?(March 11) - San Francisco institutions such as Thirsty Bear and 21st Amendment inspired Garrett Marrero, a former resident and UC Davis alumnus, to start Maui Brewing Co. in 2005 with local brewmaster Thomas Kerns. Although no longer partners, they refined an approach to locally inspired craft beer and hearty food that now attracts avid patrons on three different islands and inspires other brewers. Complete Story
Short’s Brewing Co. Releases Prolonged Enjoyment and Starcut Ciders Immortal Jelly(March 12) - Short’s Brewing Company announces the release of Prolonged Enjoyment and Starcut Ciders Immortal Jelly. Prolonged Enjoyment, a Session India Pale Ale billed as “Unquestionably quaffable for those long days needed to remain upright and refreshed at the same time” and Immortal Jelly, a semi-dry hard cider fermented with Michigan apples and four different berries will both be distributed as seasonal products and available throughout the spring while supplies last. Complete Story

Meet John Cochran of UpCountry Brewing(March 10) - Few people in the Asheville beer community have the breadth of perspective that John Cochran can offer. With over 20 years of brewery experience, Cochran has weathered both the zeniths and the nadirs the industry has undergone. Complete Story
Perrin Brewing to Release No Rules Vietnamese Imperial Porter(March 10) - The Perrin Pub will release “No Rules” starting at 11am to the general public. Perrin Pub Club members will have the opportunity to purchase their bottles an hour early, starting at 10am on Saturday morning. Members must bring their Pub Club Membership card to gain access an hour early. “No Rules” will be released in 22oz bottles and on draft for 8oz pours inside of the pub. Complete Story
Shipyard Brewing Adds Locally Produced Malt to its Original Flagship Beer(March 10) - Nearly 25 years after creating it, Shipyard Brewing is making a homegrown adjustment to its very first beer. Shipyard’s Export Ale is now brewed with an addition of locally grown malted barley from Maine Malt House. “Export is a beer that stands for Maine and our state’s nautical heritage,” says Bruce Forsley, Shipyard’s vice president of sales & marketing. Complete Story
New Belgium’s Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale Debuts
(March 10) - Brewed with watermelon and lime peel, New Belgium Brewing’s new seasonal release offers an approachable, fruit-infused ale. Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale is crisp, refreshing and juicy – the perfect option for beating back the summer heat. It has a bright fruity flavor and a thirst-quenching finish. Complete Story
Sierra Nevada Brewing Announces Dates and Locations For Beer Camp On Tour 2017(March 10) - After a successful revamp of its 2014 Beer Camp Across America, Sierra Nevada Brewing returned with this collaboration 12 pack and road show in 2016 with a stop in Seattle. The premise is that Sierra Nevada Brewing collaborates with other notable brewers on a mixed 12 pack. Then it invites these collaborative partners along with every other brewery to serve beer at one of the stops on its traveling beer festival. Complete Story
Ontario Craft Brewers launches scholarship for women(March 9) - As part of a larger effort to support women in the industry, the Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) association announced new scholarships on Tuesday. The scholarships will allow up to six women to complete Level 1 courses in the internationally recognized Cicerone Certification Program, widely regarded as the top beer-related certification course. Complete Story
Hunahpu’s Day 2017: A long road to perfection(March 9) - Back in 2010, Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout made its debut in the beer scene. The decadent stout aged on cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans, ancho chilies, pasilla chilies and cinnamon garnered Cigar City a gold medal at the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championships catapulting it to the national beer scene’s attention. Complete Story
Miller Park beefs up craft beer lineup with brews from 17 Wisconsin breweries(March 8) - Milwaukee's Miller Park is diversifying its choice of suds by opening a craft beer station. A new ballpark bar, called Local Brews, will debut opening day on the Loge Level with 24 tap beers from 17 Wisconsin breweries. Complete Story
Terrapin’s New Brew Forecasts Hazy with a 100% Chance of Hops(March 8) - Terrapin Beer Co’s Monster Beer Tour line is back with Cumulus Lupulus, an unfiltered Imperial IPA. The beer is a new variation of IPA for Terrapin, who’s best-selling beers are Hopsecutioner (an American IPA), Hi-5 (California Style IPA), and RecreationAle (Session IPA). Complete Story
Everybody’s Brewing New Spring Beer Lineup Includes Get A Pear Farmhouse Ale(March 8) - You get some nice floral aromas, and definitely some vanilla and clove notes from the yeast,” stated Jess Caudill, Co-Head Brewer at Everybody’s Brewing, in a release. “I’ve always wanted to brew a beer with pear juice, and it gives just enough flavor, but without much sweetness. Complete Story
Three-Tier System: Its Impacts on You and U.S. Craft Beer(March 7) - Understanding the U.S. market for alcohol beverages, including beer, requires an understanding of the three-tier system. Whether viewed with deep reverence or great scorn, it is a system of distribution that delivers the vast majority of beer to the mouths of thirsty American drinkers. Let’s take a few moments to understand that system a little better. Complete Story

18 Defining Moments in the History of Craft Beer(March 6) - American craft beer is bigger than ever, both in number of breweries and stylistic influence. As the craft beer “trend” turned into a stable, profitable, and growing industry over the past 20 years, there have been plenty of defining moments. Some moments center on specific beers, others on buyouts, and a few on industry shifts that inspired new styles. Complete Story
Why Did Brooklyn Brewery Need a Wood Chipper to Make Its Latest Beer?(March 6) - Equally relaxed is my drinking partner, a man that makes you realize "hygge" isn't just some bullshit buzzword. This is beverage director Jonas Anderson, clad in a cozy sweater and sipping a cappuccino as we talk. What I came here to find out is: Why did this gentle man need a goddamn wood chipper to make his latest beer? Complete Story

New York State Brewers Association Debuts Official New York Craft Beer App(March 5) - New York is an incredible innovation hub renowned for spearheading industries with cutting-edge initiatives. The New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) follows suit with the debut of its state-of-the-art New York Craft Beer iOS/Android app. Complete Story
New England-style IPA? It's catching fire across Upstate New York(March 4) - They're called New England-style IPAs. They're nicknamed "juice bombs." They're often referred to as hazy, for good reason. They can look like a glass of orange juice, with the pulp. Complete Story
Beer war comes to South Walton(March 4) - In its lawsuit, Grayton Beer levels allegations of breach of contract and copyright infringement over its signature "Beach Blonde Ale" and has asked the court to limit 3 Daughters' distribution of their same-named beer to be outside the Florida Panhandle. Complete Story

BrewDog wants to open a crowdfunded hotel in America with beer-filled hot tubs(March 3) - Scottish brewer BrewDog wants to open the world's first crowdfunded craft beer hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Called "The DogHouse," the $7.3 million hotel will feature a craft beer spa with beer-based treatments, beer taps in the bedrooms, a hot tub filled beer, and a beer fridge in the shower. Complete Story
California bar offers Girl Scout Cookie and craft beer pairing(March 3) - Girl Scout Cookies season has arrived but instead of washing those Tagalongs and Samoas down with a glass of milk, consider a more adult beverage. At a Vacaville, Calif. location of The Brass Tap, patrons can enjoy a flight of craft beers paired with an array of Girl Scout cookies. Complete Story
Pabst is finally coming home: New Milwaukee brewery set to open in April(March 3) - Pabst Brewing Co. chairman and chief executive officer Eugene Kashper announced in 2015 that Pabst would brew again at 1037 W. Juneau Ave., on the site of the historic brewery. This week, the brewer disclosed that the new brewery and restaurant, called Pabst Milwaukee Brewery, will open in mid-April. Complete Story
Best Beer Bars in America, Chosen by Readers(March 1) - As a beer lover, you know what sets apart an average bar from a great craft beer bar, and that’s why we turned to you to help us come up with the list. More than 7,000 people responded to our survey which asked you to choose the best beer bar in your state. Below is the list of the winners. Use the drop-down menu, above, to choose a specific state. Complete Story
Brewers Association Names Board of Directors(March 1) - The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers—announced its 2017 Board of Directors. Complete Story

New Full Sail Session Cans Will Have Lots of Fans(March 1) - Full Sail Brewing Co. is excited to announce – for the first time – Session Lager in 12 oz. aluminum cans. Session is a classic, all-malt lager that’s crisp, smooth, and refreshing, and now your après-singletrack Session, après-surf Session, après-ski Session, après-jam Session, après-anything Session comes in 6-pack. Complete Story
Redhook Big Ballard IIPA bottle release and launch party(March 1) - Redhook Brewery is bringing back its fan-favorite Big Ballard Imperial IPA in 22-ounce bottles and six-packs, which will be available year round throughout Washington State. To celebrate the beer’s return, Redhook will host an open house launch party at fellow Washington original Filson’s Ballard location. Complete Story
Wise Man Brewing opens in renovated 1929 warehouse in Winston-Salem(March 1) - Wise Man Brewing opened Saturday after a 16-month renovation of the 1929 Angelo Brothers wholesale warehouse. The brewery is owned by Jason Morehead, Mike Beverly and Sam Victory. It’s located at 826 Angelo Bros. Ave., near the intersection of North Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Complete Story
Coronado Brewing & Cigar City Brewing Release Conquista IPA(February 28) - Coronado Brewing and Cigar City Brewing are no strangers to good IPA's, so it only made sense for these two award-winning breweries to join forces on a hop-forward collaboration: Conquista IPA. Cigar City Brewmaster, Wayne Wambles, partnered with Coronado Brewmaster, Ryan Brooks, to brew a west coast-inspired IPA featuring Polaris, a new German varietal prized for its complex pineapple and herb notes. Complete Story
Seattle's Reuben's Brews Expands Distribution in Pacific Northwest(February 28) - Starting this summer, Beer lovers in Portland, Vancouver WA, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho will be in for a real treat as the award-winningest brewery in Washington state, Reuben’s Brews, expands distribution. Complete Story
2017 Saison du BUFF from Dogfish Head, Victory and Stone Brewing Now Available(February 28) - Saison du BUFF, a three-way collaboration beer brewed in annual rotation between Dogfish Head Craft Brewery of Milton, Delaware, Victory Brewing of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and Stone Brewing of Escondido, California, began hitting the shelves this week. Complete Story
Connecticut's Craft Beer Boom Shows No Signs of Slowing(February 28) - If it seems like new craft breweries are opening in Connecticut faster than ever, it's because they are. "We're not even close to having enough breweries," said John Kraszewski, founder of Armada Brewing, which opened in East Haven last month, working out of another already operating brewery. "The over-saturation is not going to happen." Complete Story

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Savannah River Brewing Company opens to public(February 27) - Augusta has a new place to view and taste its homemade brew. After months of work and weeks of social media teases, Savannah River Brewing Company opened its doors to the public for the first time Saturday. Complete Story
Lonerider's Sundance Grapefruit Saison(February 27) - Introducing the newest addition to the Outlaw gang. With a dry wit as crisp and fresh as this Saison of the same name, Sundance exhibits legendary smoothness and taste. With just enough grapefruit to remind you of warm breeze on a beautiful Carolina day, this classic style Saison is our spring seasonal. Complete Story



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