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One-on-One with La Cumbre President Jeff Erway(September 26) - If Jeff Erway didn’t want to wake up well before the sun to go to work, nobody would say anything. After all, he’s the boss. The man who built La Cumbre Brewing into a New Mexico craft beer powerhouse could easily delegate all of the early-morning beer-making chores to someone else. But Erway still wants to be part of that process. Complete Story

    

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3 Tips to Starting Your Own Craft Brewery
(September 26) - Keith Villa, founder of Blue Moon Brewing Company, explains why you have to be passionate about your product if you want to succeed in the beer business. Video
 
Tastemaker: Eric Bean, owner and brewmaster, Columbus Brewing
(September 25) - When Eric Bean took over Columbus Brewing Co. in 2005, the microbrewery was producing 1,500 barrels of beer annually. This year, it will turn out more than 15,000—a number that will continue to grow as the city’s largest brewery transitions later this year into its new production facility. Complete Story
 
Country's first college-licensed brewery, pub opening in Grand Rapids
(September 25) - Grand Rapids Community College opened its Fountain Hill Brewery and Peter's Pub on Friday, Sept. 23. GRCC became the first college in the country to be federally and state-licensed to own and operate a brewery and pub that generates revenue. Complete Story
 
To Fight Flagship Fatigue, Sierra Nevada will Introduce Pale Ale and Torpedo Line Extensions in 2017
(September 25) - At the company’s national distributor meeting, held earlier this week in Asheville, North Carolina, Brian Grossman, who oversees operations at the brewery in Mills River, N.C., said he expects sales to decline 4.4 percent in 2016. Complete Story
 
In Rwanda, Craft Beer Opens the Door to Female Empowerment
(September 25) - Uwineza hopes to fill the void by establishing a brewpub in Kigali, where customers can socialize over a tasting or buy a six-pack to enjoy at home. This week, Uwineza and Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, based in Canada, announced their partnership with a Kickstarter campaign, seeking roughly $72,000 to purchase a bottling line. Complete Story
 
The Ghost of the Rhine – Rhinegeist Brewery
(September 24) - In 2013, just one year after my friend alerted me of this rebirth, a new brewery opened up in OTR: Rhinegeist Brewery. To understand the name, first allow me to explain the etymology of the name Over-the-Rhine. In 19th century Cincinnati, what is now OTR was home primarily to German immigrants. Complete Story
 
What ‘Selling Out’ Is Actually About
(September 23) - Anheuser-Busch InBev is in the midst of a PR push, the goal of which is to soften resistance to their craft brewery acquisition strategy. Sadly, credulous beer writers aren’t asking any of the right questions. Complete Story
 
Sweetwater's Hash Session IPA is now available year round
(September 23) - We told y'all everyone's favorite spring seasonal is back as a year rounder, but guess what we just added to the line up: Hash Session IPA in 15 packs! Grab a bigger cooler and have fun with your three bonus brews. Complete Story
 
Critical Drinking with Tim Matthews of Oskar Blues
(September 23) - Matthews has been with Oskar Blues for eight years now, working his way up from the brewery floor to his current position. For a guy that now heads up operations at three different production brewing sites (Brevard, NC and Austin, TX in addition to Longmont), Matthews seems remarkably chill. Complete Story
 
Deschutes Brewery and Bendistillery Release Black Butte Whiskey
(September 22) - Deschutes Brewery and Bendistillery today announced the much anticipated launch of Black Butte Whiskey. Created over the past three years, this malt whiskey was double distilled from the wash of Deschutes Brewery’s flagship beer, Black Butte Porter. Available in very limited quantities, this sipping whiskey can be found starting today at the brewery’s two public houses, Bendistillery’s tasting room and Oregon liquor stores only. Complete Story
 
How to invest in millennials' love of craft beer
(September 22) - William Blair initiated shares of Boston Beer with an outperform rating on Wednesday, telling investors to get behind the "pioneer in the fast-growing craft beer segment." "Over the past five years, U.S. craft beer sales increased at a compound annual rate of 20 percent and reached more than $22 billion. Despite this, craft beer still represents just 12 percent, by volume, of the overall domestic beer market, suggesting ample room for growth," analyst Ryan Sundby wrote in a research note. Complete Story
 
Stone Vanilla Bean Porter Brewed For Falling Temperatures…and Overall Deliciousness
(September 22) - The arrival of cooler months heralds when craft beer drinkers begin to find themselves hunkered down indoors with richer beers like milk stouts & porters. Starting this week the new Stone Vanilla Bean Porter will be packed for any such occasion alongside Stone Coffee Milk Stout, Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 & Stone Delicious IPA in the Stone Cabin Fever Mixed 12 Pack. Complete Story
 
Seasonal Series: Pursuit of Hoppiness Available October 1st
(September 22) - Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale is brewed to showcase the brash beauty of American hops: Bravo, Chinook, and Columbus at 100 International Bitterness Units (IBU). The hops grown in the United States are considered to be some of the best in the world. Complete Story
 
Track Seven Malas Palabras Cans: Now Available(
September 22) - Track Seven only has 40 cases of Malas Palabras Mexican-Style Lager with Lime cans left, and we have saved them to release at the taprooms starting this Wednesday (9.21). Each 4-pk of 16 oz cans will be $9. There are still some warm days left ahead before the seasons change, and Malas Palabras is the perfect beer to sip in the sunshine.
 

Your guide to Great American Beer Festival events in Denver beyond the Convention Center(September 21) - Great American Beer Festival marks a craft beer soaked week in Denver. From mini-festivals and rare beer tappings to beer dinners and educational sessions, the GABF calendar is packed with can’t-miss events. To help you plan your (wandering) path, here’s a look at events in Denver and Colorado ahead of the Great American Beer Festival, the nation’s largest. Complete Story

  
Women and Craft Beer - It's Not Just a Guy Thing
(September 21) - A side effect of the continuous development of more choices and different flavors in craft beer has led more women to become interested in what has been a male-dominated industry — both as consumers and industry professionals. Complete Story
 
IPAs for People Who *Think* They Hate Them
(September 21) - Everyone loves IPAs, right? That was my theory when I started writing Complete IPA, my deep dive into the recent phenomenon that’s seen IPAs take over tap lines from L.A. to Tokyo, Rio to Berlin and beer-soaked lands in between. But as I, uh, endlessly researched (hey, that double IPA ain’t going to drink itself), I discovered both bitter revelation and opposition: “I don’t like IPAs,” I heard time and again.. Complete Story
 

Crooked Creek Hop Farms Capitalizing on Craft Beer Boom(September 20) - The Finger Lakes craft beer industry is booming with breweries popping up across the region. Crooked Creek Hops Farm is part of the local industry with untapped potential  farming the hops needed to make beer. Complete Story

 
Sample these 15 craft beers from Atlanta breweries
(September 19) - Right now in the U.S., there are some 4,400 small, local and independent breweries, and nearly 2,000 more in planning. Beyond the obvious success of regionally distributed beers from Georgia-based breweries such as SweetWater and Terrapin, that growth is reflected in the number of new breweries that have been springing up, often under the radar, around metro Atlanta. Complete Story
 
How To GABF Like a Pro
(September 19) - On the last day of the Great American Beer Festival, circa 2014, I met two grown men who enthusiastically, and with little shame, confessed to me that they had both dipped into their kids’ college funds to pay for the once-in-a-lifetime GABF weekend trip to Denver they were currently soaking up the last few hours of. Complete Story
  
Craft beer popularity stirs up growing interest in hops in Las Vegas
(September 19) - Lau Ackerman said that when he searched online for “hops” seven years ago, all that came up was “hip hop.” Things have changed since then as craft beer has grown in popularity, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. agriculture manager noted Friday at a hops class in Las Vegas. Complete Story

Tight Security as Annual Oktoberfest Opens in Munich
(September 18) - Heavy rain and stricter security did little to dampen the spirits of beer lovers at the start of this year's Oktoberfest, which opened Saturday in the Bavarian city of Munich. Mayor Dieter Reiter tapped the first keg at noon with a respectable two strikes, to the approval of thousands of thirsty visitors gathered in one of 14 vast tents on Munich's Theresienwiese fairground. Complete Story
 
Dad & Dudes Breweria Wins Federal Approval for Non-Psychoactive Cannabis Beer
(September 16) - Dad & Dudes Breweria created a huge buzz last year at the Great American Beer Festival when it introduced Sativa IPA, the first commercial beer made with cannabis oil. Although the hemp extract used in the beer isn’t the psychoactive kind — meaning it can’t get you high — people still lined up to try an ounce or two, based on curiosity, Colorado’s legal environment and pro-cannabis beliefs. Complete Story
 
Craft beer will never have a seat at Oktoberfest
(September 16) - With modern U.S. craft beer dating back little more than 40 years, it’s tough to grasp the importance of centuries of brewing tradition. That is where Munich’s Oktoberfest and Germany’s Reinheitsgebot beer purity law serve as a reminder of not only the importance of those traditions, but also of aligning them with modern context. Complete Story
 
Pumpkin Spice Latte Beer Is a Real Thing That Exists Now
(September 16) - Are you sick of hearing about Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Whether you think they're basic or they're your favorite fall beverage of all time, there's no denying that the market for "new" PSL-flavored items is getting pretty absurd. But Colorado-based Breckenridge Brewery is doing something totally unique with the PSL in the form of beer, and it's worth getting excited about. Complete Story
 
Alcohol Industry Bankrolls Fight Against Legal Pot in Battle of the Buzz
(September 15) - THE FIGHT AGAINST legalized pot is being heavily bankrolled by alcohol and pharmaceutical companies, terrified that they might lose market share. The Beer Distributors PAC, an affiliate that represents 16 beer-distribution companies in Massachusetts, gave $25,000 to the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, tying it for third place among the largest contributors to the anti-pot organization. Complete Story
 
Turning 20, Brewgrass helped define Asheville as craft beer mecca
(September 15) - The festival can trace its roots to 1994, and the opening of Barley's, one of the city's first craft beer bars. In that era, local craft brewing consisted only of Highland, which occupied the lower level of the Barley's building on Biltmore Avenue. Complete Story
 
Good People Brewing: Urban Hip on Tap
(September 15) - The remodeled Good People Brewing Co. in Birmingham, including its jazzy new sign out front, is the handiwork of Justin Brown and Matthew Finley, owners of the Birmingham architecture and specialty fabrication firm BILT in Alabama. Complete Story
 
Hold my... beer! 'Hootie & the Blowfish' celebrate custom craft beer launch with special concert
(September 15) - "Hootie & the Blowfish" have some exciting news to share. The 90's band famous for songs like "Time" and "Hold my hand" is reuniting for a concert in St. Petersburg to celebrate the launch of their custom craft beer, "Hootie's Homegrown Ale," at multiple retailers in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Complete Story
 
Pumpkin Spice Latte Beer Is a Real Thing That Exists Now
(September 15) - Breckenridge Brewery is doing something totally unique with the Pumpkin Spice Latte in the form of beer, and it's worth getting excited about. That's right — the Pumpkin Spice Latte is transitioning from caffeination to intoxication.  Complete Story
 
Quench Your Thirst at Elmhurst's Craft Beer Fest This Weekend
(September 15) - Craft Beer Fest kicks off at noon on Saturday, Sept. 17, under a tent on the Elmhurst History Museum grounds at 120 E. Park Ave. The craft brew celebration doubles as a fundraiser for the local Heritage Foundation and Rotary Club. Complete Story

No need to drive to the local bar when you can have an inflatable Irish Pub in your back yard
(September 14) - The traditional Irish pub, whether in America or in the home country, is nothing without the local history in which it’s rooted. But sometimes a quaint alehouse with a rich backstory just isn’t within convenient stumbling distance from where you are. That's where The Paddy Wagon Pub comes in. They’ll bring the bar to you. Complete Story
 
  
         

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Tampa Bay Brewing Company Celebrates Inaugural Gourds Fest Inspired by its Popular Fall Brew, Gourds Gone Wild(September 14) - Tampa Bay Brewing Company (TBBC) is hosting its first ever Gourds Fest, an event to celebrate the release of its Gourds Gone Wild, the Bay Area’s favorite fall ale and inspiration behind the nontraditional pumpkin fest. Complete Story
 
Pour me another: Overturned Texas law may mean lower craft brew prices
(September 14) - Last week, District Court Judge Karin Crump sided with Dallas-based Peticolas Brewing Co., Grandbury’s Revolver Brewing and Austin-based Live Oak Brewing Co. in a lawsuit against Senate Bill 639, passed in 2013. Under the bill, craft breweries were required to pay to use distribution companies to get their suds into restaurants or beer drinkers’ hands. Complete Story

 





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