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Rhinegeist just got screwed by Kentucky beer bill(March 5) - The Kentucky Senate Wednesday passed a controversial bill that more clearly separates the state's beer brewing and distribution systems but also could put one local company out of business and at least temporarily limit access to Rhinegeist in Northern Kentucky. Complete Story
     

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Craft beer pairings for hash? There’s a class for that
(March 5) - Ed Haas is living the dream. The 37-year-old Denver-rooted real estate professional is getting paid to tell folks about one of his favorite passions: Flavor-oriented pairings of craft beer and super-terpy hash. Yes, seriously. And Haas knows what he’s talking about. He even started a blog to track his findings and spread the good word, and those taking his Green Labs class later this month are sure to get an education on the subject. Complete Story
 
What 170-Year-Old Beer Uncovered From a Shipwreck Really Tasted Like
(March 4) - Back in 2010, divers off the coast of Finland stumbled upon some astonishingly old booze: champagne and beer preserved underwater in a 170-year-old shipwreck. Naturally, they had a taste. But now scientists are back with a rigorous chemical analysis of the beers. Complete Story
 
Georgia's Lt. Gov. helps craft brewery bill compromise
(March 4) - Georgia's craft brewers have clobbered the Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in social media over the last week. Georgia is one of only five states that won't allow craft brewers to sell beer directly to customers. But as a bill to change that has stalled in the state Senate, brewers have targeted Cagle for a social media barrage that has clearly caught his attention. Complete Story
 
Bootstrap Brewing has most underrated IPA in Insane Rush
(March 4) - It’s pretty easy to live in the “Fort Collins Beer Bubble.” We have tons of great breweries right here in town, making it easy to miss some of the smaller hop shops that are springing up all along the Front Range. Case in point: Bootstrap Brewing in Niwot is just a short drive south of Fort Collins. It’s home to a solid lineup of beers, and among them is their Insane Rush IPA, easily the most underrated IPA in the state. Complete Story
 
Full Sail Brewing to vote on investment firm merger
(March 4) - Full Sail Brewing Co. proudly touts its ownership on beer labels. The number today of employee owners — called shareholders — is 78, and on last week Founder & CEO Irene Firmat and Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson sent a letter to those folks, asking them to vote on a proposal to merge with a San Francisco-based investment firm. Complete Story
  
5 tips for launching your own brewery
(March 3) - Folks sometimes ask why I’m open to sharing ideas and challenges we have faced at Golden Road Brewing. First, I truly want to help others avoid pitfalls we’ve seen, and collaboration helps the entire craft beer industry grow. Second, there is no trade secret to what we are doing. There are no shortcuts, either. Complete Story
 
How to start a successful craft beer brewery
(March 3) - "I wasn't totally passionate about analyzing accretion solutions for merging hedge funds. I wanted to do something I was totally vested in and loved," Kane told CNNMoney. Nearly four years after launching Kane Brewing Company on the Jersey Shore, Kane, 38, has no regrets. Complete Story
 
The most loved beer label contest is back!
(March 3) -CNBC's Most Loved Beer Label contest is back. In March 2013, CNBC set out to find the most loved label of 2012 and Troeg's Nugget Nectar took home the top prize. Now we're looking for the most loved labels from 2014. With more than 3,000 breweries in operation, beer drinkers have more options than ever. Complete Story
 
Why aren’t Georgia Republicans getting government out of these small businesses’ way?
(March 2) - Help small business. Get government out of the way. Unleash the free market. Encourage entrepreneurs. Grow jobs. Make Georgia more competitive. You’ve heard many a Georgia Republican pledge allegiance to these principles in many an election. So why is a bill that ticks all those boxes being held up without so much as a committee vote? Complete Story
 
Elysian Brewing’s Steve Luke prepares to burst out on his own
(March 2) - One of Elysian Brewing’s well-known and highly respected brewers recently learned a valuable lesson about the power of social media. He sent out a tweet thinking that only the 11 people who follow him on Twitter would see it. Someone with more than 11 followers retweeted it. And so on and so on. Before long, Steve Luke’s inbox filled up with requests for more information about his plans to leave Elysian Brewing and open his own brewery. Complete Story
 
First look inside the newly opened Sunset Reservoir Brewing in San Francisco
(March 1) - After a several month delay, Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company finally opened its doors late last week. A much welcome addition to this stretch of the Outer Sunset, the big brewpub by Hilary Cherniss of nearby Devil’s Teeth Baking Company, has already attracted large crowds in just the few short days it’s been open. Complete Story
 
Large fire breaks out at Straub Brewery
(February 28) - A fire at the brewery that produces Straub Beer reached four alarms Friday morning.The fire happened in a maintenance building directly behind the brewery, spokeswoman Cathy Lenze said via email. All employees and visitors got out safely, she said. Straub's main brewery building was not affected by the fire, and business will resume as normal on Monday, the company said.

Brewery tourism becomes hot topic in Asheville
(February 28) - Tourism is a major economic driver for Asheville, and there are many popular attractions that lure tourists and their dollars to the local area. But is beer really one of them? You bet, and it has become one of the fastest-growing attractions that should be taken much more seriously as such, say the people who count those incoming dollars. Complete Story

Girl Scout cookies and beer
(February 27) - Girl Scout cookies are an iconic part of the American experience. Whether you are one of the more than 52 million past and present Girl Scouts who have sold cookies or one of the hundreds of millions of satisfied cookie monsters, Girl Scout cookies are part of our culture. Complete Story
 
Do U.S. Craft Brewers Need A Tax Break to Compete With EU Craft Brewers?
(February 27) - Both the E.U. and U.S. grant a tax break to small brewers. In the U.S., small breweries pay a lower excise tax, $7 per barrel, on the first 60,000 barrels of beer and $18 per barrel thereafter. The U.S. does not extend this lower tax rate to small foreign breweries even though the E.U. extends American small breweries that sell in the E.U. a preferential rate. Complete Story
 
Out of beer names, brewers get into legal trouble
(February 26) - By the end of May, a Fort Collins brewery will change its name permanently from Zwei Brüder Brewing to Zwei Brewing in order to avoid a costly lawsuit. Just a few months after opening their business last August, brothers Kirk and Eric Lombardi received a cease and desist letter from a Chicago-based brewery called Two Brothers Brewing Company. Complete Story

Meet Eric, Brewer of Unchained 18: Hop Silo Double IPA
(February 26) - During our first selection of hop lots, we were presented with a relatively new variety named Azacca. Notes of pineapple, tangerine, and pine? Sounds like it should go in my next beer! Shortly after, we visited a hop processing facility in the valley. There we were surrounded by hundreds of bales of Zeus which had just been delivered from the farm and were being inspected by both the USDA and the hop processor for acceptance. Complete Story

5 breweries to open in Scottsdale area in 2015
(February 26) - The northeast Valley will be home to five new breweries this year, filling what owners say is an untapped market and offering more options for neighborhood hangouts. Two breweries, Two Brothers Scottsdale Taphouse and Brewery and Scottsdale Beer Company, opened in January. The others will debut in the coming months, including Fate South and Goldwater Brewing Co. in Scottsdale and O.H.S.O. Brewery in Paradise Valley. Complete Story
 
Sun King puts proposed $8.8M Fishers brewery on hold
(February 26) - A proposed Sun King Brewing Co. expansion in Fishers has been put on hold. Legislation pending in the Indiana General Assembly involving barrel limits for the state’s small breweries has caused Sun King owners to pause plans for building the $8.8 million brewery and tasting room. Complete Story
 
How to start a brewery, according to one of the newest guys in town
(February 25) - Starting your own brewery isn't as simple as opening up shop after homebrewing in your garage. It takes a lot of research, funding, real estate savvy and effort to compete with the countless other breweries in town. Take it from Tim Patton, brewmaster of St. Benjamin Brewing Co., a nine-month-old nanobrewery in South Kensington. Complete Story
 
FCB Releases Seasonal Brew, Maibock
(February 25) - FCB (Fort Collins Brewery) announces the return of its spring seasonal brew, Maibock for the 11th consecutive year on Friday. A gold medal winner at BTI World Beer Championships, Maibock features a smooth malty flavor attained from the richness of Munich malts that finishes with a gentle warming sweetness. Toffee notes and understated hop bitterness round out the bock experience. Maibock is brewed in the fall, aged in the winter and celebrated in the spring. Complete Story

 
City Star Brewing Plans First Bottle Release with Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
(February 25) - Outlaw weighs in at 13.25% alcohol by volume and has spent 1 year "doing time" in Breckenridge Whiskey barrels waiting for the chance to bust out. While incarcerated Outlaw mellowed nicely and includes flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and of course American whiskey. Outlaw is a rare limited release (only 970 bottles) specialty beer and the first City Star brew available in bottles. Complete Story
 
New Belgium Fermentation Vessels Set to Arrive in Asheville
(February 25) - New Belgium’s Asheville fermentation vessels and bright beer tanks are scheduled to arrive at their east coast home by mid-March. Two dozen FVs and a half dozen BBTs departed from ZIEMANN in Bürgstadt Germany in January and arrived to the Port of Charleston, SC, in early February. New Belgium is building an east coast location with an expected capacity of 500,000 barrels. Complete Story
 
Swing into Spring with Craft Beer Seasonals
(February 25) - “Spring craft beers help bring to life the change of seasons, stimulating your palate with spring spices and fresh flavors,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program director of the Brewers Association. “Craft beer is all about diversity, which is reflected in the assortment of beer styles produced by breweries during the spring season.” Complete Story
  
Craft beer drinkers just love their IPAs
(February 24) - The hop-heavy, high-alcohol brew has grown at a faster pace than the ever-expanding U.S. craft beer market. IPA sales in the 52 weeks ended Jan. 25 jumped nearly 50 percent from the previous year, according to IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm. The wider craft segment rose about 20 percent. Complete Story

Is the infamous beer Pliny the Younger worth the long lines?
(February 24) - The yearly clamor for an elusive glass of the renowned Pliny the Younger from Santa Rosa’s Russian River Brewery has already begun. Before you join the scrum for the intensely hoppy triple IPA, ask yourself what you hope to get out of the glass. Scoring a taste of the brew has long been a beer-geek badge of honor, and for years Pliny the Younger has been considered one of the best beers in the world. Complete Story
 
Odell Brewing introduces Sour Golden Raspberry Ale
(February 24) - In early March, Odell Brewing will release Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry Ale. Part of the brewery’s Cellar Series, Brazzle is an oak aged golden ale brewed with golden raspberries. “We used golden raspberries to brew with, which gives this sour a touch of sweetness. There is also a bright, tart fruit and citrus flavor that comes through,” said Barrel Aging/Pilot System Manager, Brent Cordle. “The sour acidity plays well with the raspberry flavor. This is a very unique sour, and WELL worth the wait!” Complete Story

New York City Beer Week spotlights booming brewery industry
(February 24) - The city’s brewing industry is fizzing to new heights and showing off that success during New York Beer Week, which runs through Sunday. The festivities — which include tastings, meet-and-greets and other events — showcase the microbreweries that have popped up across the five boroughs over the last few years, such as the Queens Brewery, Gun Hill Brewery in the Bronx and Staten Island’s Flagship Brewing. Complete Story
 
Flint's only brewery, Tenacity Brewing, opens for beer fans
(February 23) - After months of building and planning, and weeks of soft openings, the only brewery within the city limits is officially open. Tenacity Brewing officially opened last weekend, welcoming customers inside its doors of the old fire station on Grand Traverse, just north of the Flint River near downtown. Complete Story
 
Orlison's award-winning brewery opens to public
(February 23) - Orlison Brewing Co. was among those local breweries to allow Spokanites to come inside and see where their award-winning lagers are made. Their lagers go to stores and bars all over the Northwest, but nestled in Airway Heights is much more than a brewery; it is where Bernie Düenwald's passion takes form. Complete Story
 

Winter doesn't stop New Belgium brewery construction in Asheville(February 20) - The wicked winter weather isn't stopping construction of the New Belgium brewery in Asheville and the separate distribution center in Enka. New Belgium now has 115 construction workers on the job, a number that will increase to 250 by summer, brewery spokeswoman Susanne Hackett said. "We are working through" the winter, she said. Complete Story

 
Cal Poly Pomona brewery opens doors, and taps, on Friday
(February 20) - Cal Poly Pomona is the first university to have a brewery-restaurant on campus, according to university officials. Ultimately, Innovation Brew Works will serve as a hands-on lab for students taking beer brewing classes through Cal Poly Pomona’s Extended University program, according to head brewer Koby Harris. Complete Story
 
Green Flash Debuts Cellar 3 With Silva Stout | Rare Beer Series, New Facility‏
(February 19) - Today, Co-Founders of Green Flash Brewing Co, Mike and Lisa Hinkley, officially announce plans for the national debut of Cellar 3, a series of rare, barrel-aged beer offerings and expansion to a 2nd San Diego facility. After announcing the 2015 Hop Odyssey lineup of hop-focused session IPAs last week, Green Flash Cellar 3 offers consumers a taste from the opposite end of the craft spectrum with a lineup of elevated, limited reserve offerings that will round out the national Green Flash portfolio. Complete Story
 
Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against Budweiser
(February 19) - We spoke with Calagione about one of craft brewing's biggest newsmakers: A-B InBev's spate of craft brewery acquisitions, folding the award-winning Elysian and Goose Island breweries into the same company that owns Budweiser. Complete Story

New Belgium Brings Back Sour, Spice and Everything Nice with the Return of La Folie, Transatlantique Kriek and Cocoa Molé
‏(February 19) - New Belgium Brewing is releasing 2015’s La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek while reissuing a new Cocoa Molé, offering an inventive mixture of sour, sweet, heat and tradition. Two of these Lips of Faith additions (Transatlantique Kriek and La Folie) will remain out through the remainder of 2015 and Cocoa Molé will be out through March, or while supplies last. Complete Story
 
120 Minute IPA hitting taps and shelves
‏(February 19) - 120 Minute IPA hitting taps and shelves The first 2015 batch of 120 Minute IPA is hitting taps and shelves in our makets this week. Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it's easy to see why we call this beer The Holy Grail for Hopheads! 120 Minute IPA is boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops.
 
A-B To Buy Brand With Tagline: 'Corporate Beer Still Sucks'
(February 19) - One of Elysian's beers is called, ironically, Loser Pale Ale, with the tagline: "Corporate Beer Still Sucks." This kind of corporate-brands-are-bad theme is common among some craft brewers and small- brand enthusiasts. But what happens when one of these small brewers is owned by a big corporation, such as A-B InBev? Complete Story
  
Capital Brewery improves energy efficiency thanks to Focus on Energy
(February 19) - When you're sipping on a cold one, you probably aren't thinking about how much energy went into brewing that beer. Now, thanks to some help from Focus on Energy, Capital Brewery has made some significant strides in their energy efficiency. Complete Story
 
More women making their mark in craft beer industry
(February 19) - Jamie Baertsch worked as brewmaster at Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company, coming up with all the beer recipes, lugging around the malt, leaning over huge vats of wort and stirring, until the day before she gave birth to her son, Wyatt. Four days after she and Wyatt came home from the hospital, she was back in the brewery. Complete Story
 
Beer may be about to get cheaper
(February 19) - Whether you like craft beer brewed in small batches or the mass-produced variety, the most costly ingredient that goes into every pint of beer in the United States is taxes. Between federal, state and local levies, taxes make up, on average, more than 40 percent of the cost of beer purchased in the United States. In an effort to reduce the excessive tax bite, two competing bills have been proposed this month on Capitol Hill, along with legislation at the state level. Complete Story

Help Lonerider Name the Carolina RailHawks Beer and Win Beer for a Year!
(February 18) - Lonerider is partnering with the Carolina RailHawks to brew a delicious beer, just for you! The beer will celebrate the spirit of soccer everywhere, and the ethos of the Carolina RailHawks. We hope you will be able to join us by helping us come up with a great name that the RailHawks, Lonerider, and soccer fans everywhere can be proud of. Complete Story
 
Hellboy is getting his own beer, which probably won't taste like Hellboy
(February 18) - This year marks the 21st anniversary of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy—and now that the celebrated demon-hero is finally of legal drinking age, he’s getting his very own beer named after him. Created by Oregon-based microbrewery Rogue Ales, the beer—appropriately named The Right Hand of Doom—a limited-edition red ale making its debut Feb. 20 at Portland comics shop Things From Another World and available nationally via Rogue’s website. Complete Story
 
Lincoln brewery owner wants to resurrect Robber's Cave
(February 18) - Nearly 150 years ago, a few years before Jesse James reputedly used it as a hideout, a brewery used Robber's Cave to store beer. In 1869, Lincoln Brewery enlarged the existing cave and stored barrels of finished beer as well as beer-making ingredients there. Workers for the brewery spent three years digging out the soft Dakota sandstone, eventually making a 5,600-square-foot warehouse space. Complete Story
 
Bill would encourage Vermont farm-grown beer
(February 18) - Vermont farmers could tap into the state's burgeoning craft beer scene under a new proposal in the House of Representatives. Rep. Bill Botzow, D-Bennington, recently introduced a bill that would create a new farm brewer's license for Vermont farmers who want to brew beer with at least one ingredient grown on their property. Complete Story
   

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Mikkeller to open San Diego Brewery
(February 18) - Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, a celebrated Danish brewer who roams the globe making beer under the Mikkeller label, is forming a partnership with Miramar’s AleSmith to produce his beers in San Diego. The as-yet-unnamed brewery will open June 1 in the plant now occupied by AleSmith. AleSmith is moving to larger facilities nearby, still in the Miramar area. Complete Story

Terrapin Beer Co. Releases Monster of a Singular Distinction
(February 18) - Terrapin Beer Co. searched far and wide for the hop to beat all hops for the release of a brand new Monster Beer Tour brew. Hop Selection Double IPA will be the first Monster on scene in 2015, taking the place of Hopzilla Double IPA, which has been put on hiatus. Hop Selection will feature a single hop from the most recent harvest—the blue ribbon hop for 2015 is Ella. Complete Story
 
Victory Brewing, Brewery Vivant team up for limited Brewer’s Plate brew, ‘Bon Vivant’(February 18) - Downingtown’s Victory Brewing Company has teamed up with Michigan’s Brewery Vivant to bring us a taste of the good life in their upcoming collaboration beer, Bon Vivant. But, like an actual bon vivant, this one’s rare — so rare, in fact, that this year’s Brewer’s Plate event will serve as the brew’s only appearance on the East Coast. Complete Story
  
Terrapin to Welcome New Belgium Brewing for Collaboration Brew(February 18) - Terrapin Beer Co. will welcome New Belgium Brewing brewmaster Peter Bouckaert into their facility for a collaborative brew on December 11, 2014. Black is the New Wit Imperial Black Rye Wit is a traditional Belgian wit brewed with Terrapin brewmaster Spike’s signature rye malt. The addition of black wheat and dehusked roasted barley in the mash gives the beer its unusually dark color. Complete Story

Escape Brewery opens in Redlands, California
(February 18) - Josh Fisher, a San Bernardino City firefighter, has a passion for craft beer but never thought it would turn into operating a family owned brewery, 4,600-square foot tasting room and five-barrel brewhouse in his hometown of Redlands. But he did, and it recently opened to the public. Complete Story
 
Raise a Glass to Celebrate American Craft Beer Week (May 11-17)‏
(February 17) - The Brewers Association has declared American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), a celebration of U.S. small and independent craft brewers. ACBW is an exciting opportunity for craft brewers to commemorate their art and tradition with enthusiasts across the country. From May 11-May 17, all 50 states will be holding events including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more to celebrate the ever advancing beer culture in the United States. Complete Story

Ladies of lager gravitate to beer careers
(February 16) - Onetime registered nurse and Allen Park home brewer Annette May is to the world of beer what a sommelier is to fine wine. May, 56, a native Australian, is a certified Cicerone. The first woman to pass the U.S.-based certification program in 2008, that means she has exacting knowledge of how to identify, store, serve, educate and opine about beer. Complete Story
 
Stone Brewing Releases Two Versions of 2015 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
(February 16) - Since 1998, Stone Brewing has released Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, a much-anticipated robust, malty ale on an annual basis. In odd-numbered years, the company also releases an “Odd Year” version of the beer per its “Odd Beers for Odd Years” program. Today, 2015 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and 2015 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine - Extra Hoppy will start arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft to restaurants, bars and retailers in select markets where Stone beer is sold. Complete Story
 
   





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