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Lucasfilm disputes brewery's 'Star Wars' beer name(October 23) - The bock beer's title when combined with the bar's namesake makes for a pun on the 1980 "Star Wars" sequel (or fifth film in the series, depending on who you ask) "Empire Strikes Back." "We named it 'Strikes Bock' because we thought it was a clever pun," said Monica Palmer, Empire's director of marketing. "We weren't trying to infringe on anything. We were just trying to make a nice beer with a funny name." Complete Story  

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Fort Collins Brewery turns 10, releases new beer(October 23) - In an unofficial celebration of its 10th anniversary, Fort Collins Brewery is finishing October with no less than a renovation, a party and a new year-round brew. The brewery Monday evening welcomed 1020 Pale Ale to its flagship beer lineup, replacing the more than decade-old 1900 Amber Lager with an everyday, after-work drinker, marketing coordinator Kaylee Kulich said. Complete Story
Reuben’s Brews collaborates with UK brewery(October 23) - A transatlantic collaboration between a Seattle brewery and a UK brewery produces Ottrey Porter, launching in Seattle on November 1st. The other day I was talking to someone about the idea of our local breweries forging relationships with breweries overseas, similar to the way American cities have “sister cities” in other countries. Seriously, I did just have that conversation with someone. And then yesterday Adam Robbings reached out to inform me that Reuben’s Brews forged a relationship with a brewery in England. Complete Story
Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s Christmas Ale tapped; 2014 holidays officially under way in Cleveland(October 22) - They came wearing suits and jeans, ball caps and knit hats and pointy elf hats that lit up and played music. They arrived early and thirsty for the right to sip Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s Christmas Ale at the inaugural tapping of the spicy seasonal brew. Tuesday's party launched the eight-week sales season for the ale, now a cult classic in Cleveland. Complete Story
Hey, beer lovers: Wisconsin farm brewery up for sale(October 22) - Dave's BrewFarm owner David Anderson is asking for $500,000 for the 35-acre farmstead, which features a barn, living quarters/office space, tap room, wind generator and seven-barrel brewing operation. Interested parties should email him at, but he says he won't sell to just anyone. Complete Story
Proof is in the water for breweries(October 22) - The 40-some breweries in Western North Carolina and the Upstate found the area or launched their businesses here in part for the one thing consumers might easily overlook. The water quality matches the need — and it’s abundantly available. In Buncombe County alone, almost 62,000 barrels of beer were produced last year — that’s 1,922,000 gallons. The region’s beer production will greatly increase this year thanks to the 200,000 barrels of beer made at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, just across the Buncombe County line in Henderson County. Complete Story
Black Bottle Brewery buys up all the Count Chocula(October 21) - The case of the missing Count Chocula cereal boxes was solved Friday, when a craft brewer admitted to buying them to brew in a small-batch beer. Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins bought two Albertsons stores' inventories of the iconic chocolate and marshmallow-bit cereal, puzzling at least one shopper in the process. Complete Story
Sierra Nevada opens brewery tasting room near Asheville(October 21) - Visitors to the new Sierra Nevada brewery can now enjoy a tasting of the company's beers after touring the plant. Sierra has opened a tasting room inside the brewery just for tours, the latest step in making the site a major beer tourist attraction. Sierra is also planning to open a restaurant and music venue at the brewery, located next to the Asheville Regional Airport about 10 miles from Asheville. Complete Story
New brewery Municipal Brew Works coming to Hamilton(October 21) - By early summer, beer once again will be brewed in the city of Hamilton, home to a list of breweries that included Cincinnati Brewing Company, Water Street Brewing and the Eagle Brewery in the days before Prohibition. Municipal Brew Works will be housed in the former city of Hamilton municipal building at 20 High St. The 1930s building is also home to small business incubator The Hamilton Mill, which is working with the brewery's owners to launch the venture. Complete Story
10 reasons to see Ballast Point's new brewery in Miramar, CA(October 21) - Number 10: Grunion, a pale ale that won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, was the result of an in-house brewing contest. Doug Pominville, a Ballast Point brewing adviser, wrote the winning recipe. While he's usually at Home Brew Mart, you can sample his beer here. Complete Story
Star City Brewing in Ohio may add winery, distillery(October 21) - Star City Brewing, which opened last November at 319 S. Second St. in the 14,000-square-foot building that once housed the Peerless Mill restaurant, has applied for licenses that would allow it to make wine and to distill spirits at the brewery, co-founder Justin Kohnen said this morning. Complete Story
Courtyard Brewery opens in New Orleans(October 21) - This week, Courtyard will open 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Beginning next week, it will open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Head brewer Scott Wood plans to add Sunday brewery tours once it's up and running. Complete Story
Three Weavers brewery opens in Inglewood, California
(October 20) - In a slate gray industrial building in Inglewood, a towering grain silo marks the newest tenant of the building - Three Weavers Brewing Co., a new project from a small team of industry veterans led by financial planner, entrepreneur and home brewer Lynn Weaver that is already generating considerable buzz. On a recent visit, they scurried around the 12,000-square foot-brewery attending to all the last-minute details while teams of contractors put finishing touches on the tasting room and the landscaping, and surly truck drivers delivered more equipment in advance of the official grand opening party Saturday. Complete Story

Delaware's Dogfish Head Names 1st CEO(October 16) -Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has named a chief executive officer for the first time. Nick Benz was promoted to CEO after spending 11 years at the Milton-based brewery. Brewery founder Sam Calagione remains president and chairman of the board. Complete Story
Burnt Hickory Brewery hosts open house amid expansion(October 16) - Kennesaw, Georgia's hometown brewery is getting a whole lot bigger. Well, relatively speaking. Burnt Hickory Brewery, which has been attracting metro Atlanta beer geeks with high-flavor, high-gravity (that means high-alcohol) brews for the past two years is increasing its capacity by tenfold. In other words, the nano is becoming a micro. “This is still a very small brew house,” says owner Scott Hedeen. “This is a 20-barrel brew house, which is pretty much entry-level for a microbrewery.” Complete Story

Oregon beer wins more gold: Deschutes and Full Sail win at 2014 U.S. Beer Open(October 15) Breweries from Australia to Iceland sent more than 3,000 beers and ciders representing 81 different categories for the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship, the only brewery competition to include professional breweries and award-winning home brewers. Judges from England, Canada, Finland and the U.S. announced the winners, which included two gold medals each for Oregon's Deschutes Brewery and Full Sail, and a gold medal for 2 Towns Cider. Complete Story

Green Flash Brewing breaks ground in Virginia Beach(October 14) - A California-based brewery broke ground on a new location in Hampton Roads Monday. Green Flash Brewing Co. held the groundbreaking ceremony in Virginia Beach. The second brewery for Green Flash Brewing Co. will be located on a nine-acre industrial plot of land, on the corner of Corporate Landing and General Booth Boulevard. Complete Story

Black Hollow: New Iowa brewery uses old method(October 14) - Two beer entrepreneurs are planning to open a "farmhouse brewery." The short version of what Darren Vanden Berge, 34, and Kevin Hall, 36, want to do with their Black Hollow Brewing Company is called wild fermentation. All the wild yeasts floating around in the air is what they want in their beers. Modern brewing usually is all about keeping that stuff out of the beer. Complete Story
The Expanding Demographics of Craft Beer(October 12) - The Brewers Association knows what you picture when you hear “craft beer drinker.” White male, 20’s or 30’s. Ubiquitous beard. Upper middle class, professional employment, disposable income to burn on a rare barrel-aged sour. They know, because for many years, that’s what the Brewers Association pictured as well. But according to newly released statistics from the craft beer industry’s advocacy group, those demographics continue to change and diversify. Complete Story

These Are the 21 Best Pumpkin Beers, in Order by the Huffington Post(October 11) - There are so many pumpkin beers on the shelves these days that it's difficult to figure out what's a trick and what's a treat. To help you on your next trip to the liquor store, my boss forced me to find the best pumpkin beers, try them all, and tell you which ones are the best of the best. Complete Story
Arizona's Four Peaks named America's favorite craft brewery by the Travel Channel(October 10) - There's a new champion in the craft beer world:  Four Peaks has been named America's favorite craft brewery. The brewery earned the nod in a three-week nationwide vote held by the Travel Channel. Complete Story
Rebel Kettle Brewing Company to open brewery and taproom in Little Rock(October 10) - Little Rock's ever expanding brewery scene got one stronger today with the announcement local beer lovers have been waiting to hear for over a year: Rebel Kettle Brewing Company is now a reality and has a place to call home. The new space is at 822 E. 6th St. in Little Rock, an area quickly becoming a beer district for the city. It's located an easy walking distance from Stone's Throw Brewing Company and the homes of Blue Canoe Brewing and Lost 40 Brewing. Complete Story

FMU professors open local craft brewery(October 10) - The first commercial craft brewery in Florence, South Carolina is officially open for business. Located beside Redbone Alley on West Palmetto Street, Seminar Brewing is owned and operated by two professors at Francis Marion University (FMU), Dr. Bryan Fisher and Travis Knowles, along with their business partners John Mattheis and Dave Peters. Complete Story

Stone Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home(October 9) - Stone Brewing, one of the nation's top 10 craft breweries, is tapping Virginia for its East Coast operations, according to an official briefed on the deal. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to announce on Thursday afternoon that the Escondido, California-based brewery plans to build a facility in Richmond, according to the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to talk to the press ahead of that announcement. Complete Story
Hops farm transforms into R.I.’s first farm brewery(October 9) - Maple, pumpkins and Christmas trees are all products that Matt and Kara Richardson, the husband-and-wife team that co-founded Rhode Island’s first farm brewery, use as ingredients in their new handcrafted beers. Located in Exeter, the Tilted Barn Brewery is part of a class of breweries distinguished by their ties to operational farms and local ingredients. Complete Story
Flytrap Brewery To Celebrate Grand Opening in Wilmington, NC(October 8) - Mike Barlas developed a love for craft beer and home brewing while studying for his master’s degree in business administration at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. That led him to start work on a business plan that would allow him to be among the early crop of craft breweries opening in Wilmington. Complete Story

Old School Brewing Opens in the Westside of Vegas(October 8) - New breweries are popping up Downtown (Hop Nuts) and in Henderson (Bad Beat, Crafthaus, Vegas Brewing Co.), but the West Valley is about to get in on the action. Following three years of development, Old School Brewing Co. is preparing for an early November opening at what used to be Graziano’s Pizza on 8410 W. Desert Inn Road. Complete Story

Innovation Brew Works Now Open for Service on Cal Poly Pomona Campus(October 7) - Something is brewing at Cal Poly Pomona, and students will soon have another option besides Round Table Pizza to grab a beer on campus. What was once a Peet’s Coffee Shop and Poly Fresh Market at Innovation Village has now turned into something completely different: Innovation Brew Works. Complete Story
Oregon breweries take home 22 medals from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival(October 7) - More than 700 breweries poured thousands of beers for the 49,000 attendees at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF), one of the largest annual beer festivals in the country. Oregon breweries -- including 10 Barrel Brewing, Arch Rock Brewing, Bend Brewing and Breakside Brewery -- took home 22 medals from the event: seven gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals. Complete Story
Fat Head's Brewery among 4 Ohio breweries winning medals at GABF(October 5) - Five beers from four Ohio breweries – including Fat Head's Brewery in North Olmsted – have earned medals at the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Fat Head's won a gold in the German-style Wheat Ale category for its AlpenGlow, a Weizenbock at 8.7 percent alcohol. AlpenGlow won a silver at GABF in 2012. Complete Story

234 Breweries Celebrate Medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival(October 5) - The 2014 Great American Beer Festival competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. Complete Story


New Belgium Brewing Named One of Outside’s Best Places to Work 2014(October 3) - New Belgium Brewing has been selected as one of Outside’s Best Places to Work 2014. The magazine ranked the brewery 7th out of 100 selected companies. In 2008, New Belgium debuted on the list in the number one spot for being a business dedicated to helping its employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. This is the sixth time that New Belgium has made the top 20. Complete Story  Deschutes Brewing Also Made the List
Goose Island to open taproom, begin tours at Fulton Street brewery
(October 3) - Back when Goose Island was nearly the only craft brewer in town, getting the public into its Fulton Street brewery was not a priority. The brewery was for making the beer that went on taps and shelves around town, not hosting people and telling stories. That philosophy no longer works in an increasingly competitive craft beer landscape, which is why Goose Island is adding public tours and an 89-seat tasting room to its brewery. Both are expected to launch early next year. Complete Story

Steuben Brewing opens in Hammondsport, New York(October 3) - Steuben Brewing Co. is owned and operated by James and Candice Zimar and their sons Rick and Chad Zimar. SBC is a New York State Farm Brewery, meaning that at least 20 percent of their ingredients are locally produced. The brewery offers flights of beers to taste. Customers can enjoy beer while overlooking Keuka Lake and tour the brewery. Complete Story

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San Jose’s Strike Brewing set to open for tours and tastings
(October 1) - Jenny Lewis didn’t just decide to jump on the craft beer bandwagon on a whim. Lewis and her Strike Brewing Co. business partner, Drew Ehrlich, have been busy honing their brews, brokering retail distribution deals and raising more than $1 million in capital for a San Jose brewery and taproom since 2011. Complete Story
Braxton Brewing's Kickstarter campaign launches
(October 1) - Braxton Brewing Co., coming soon to Covington's Seventh Street, launched its Kickstarter campaign Tuesday. Dubbed "Braxton Builders," the campaign aims to raise $30,000 toward technology for the brewery's taproom, which the founders -- brothers Evan and Jake Rouse; their father, Greg Rouse; and renowned brewmaster Richard Dube, formerly of Christian Moerlein -- are calling the "taproom of the future." Complete Story

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