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Stone Brewing wants Germany to like American craft beers

Photo courtesy Los Angeles Times ““It’s something we need to start now so it can be of substance later,” he said. “There is

December 23rd, 2016


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Wine


2017 Retail Trends For Winery Tasting Rooms To Consider

Photo courtesy Wine & Grapes U. “If text messaging is the primary activity smartphone users conduct on their phones, might they be interested in

December 23rd, 2016


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Spirits


Tennessee Craft Distillery Popcorn Sutton Picked Up By Sazerac

Photo courtesy The Whiskey Wash “By making this move, Sazerac will be going head to head with Jack Daniel’s (Brown-Forman) and George Dickel

December 23rd, 2016


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Cider


Number of New York Farm Cideries Have Tripled

Photo courtesy Hard Cider News “Prior to the Farm Cidery Law, hard cider could only be produced at farm wineries or through a

December 23rd, 2016


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Mead & Soda


First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix, Arizona, Serves Mead

Photo courtesy Phoenix New Times “Mead, a fermented honey drink believed to have originated as early as 6500 BCE, is mentioned in the

December 23rd, 2016


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CRAFT BEV NEWS FETCH – December 23, 2016

Photo courtesy Portland Press Herald TOP NEWS Sierra Nevada Brewing Owners Give $2 Million to UC Davis Brewing Program SNM Global Completes Acquisition

December 23rd, 2016


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Google’s Most Searched For Cocktails & Beers In 2016

“It should come as no surprise that we Americans are quite fond of drinks. It turns out we

December 23rd, 2016


Contract Brewers Discover the Growing Importance of Brick & Mortar

“When 21st Amendment broke ground on its brick-and-mortar brewery, it did so with the help of bank loans

December 21st, 2016


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What's Craft?


Craft: The Lost Word

“The fact is, in 2016, people ordering a mixed mystery box of CRAFT BEER probably don’t expect to find

December 16th, 2016


Distilling a Definition: What are ‘craft spirits’ and does it matter?

“Industry organizations, like the American Craft Spirits Association, have tried to define craft spirits. “The ACSA defines who

November 2nd, 2016


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Ekos Brewmaster Continues to See Strong Demand for Its Brewery Management Software with over 500 Breweries

“The past year and a half has been an exciting time at Ekos. We now have more than

March 30th, 2016


Sanuk Launches The Craft Beer Cozy Sandal Collection

“The collection will consist of three signature Sanuk styles including the Beer Cozy Hop Top Slide, Beer Cozy

March 2nd, 2016


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Sierra Nevada Brewing Owners Give $2 Million to UC Davis Brewing Program

Sierra Nevada Brewing Owners Give $2 Million to UC Davis Brewing Program ““This Endowed Brewer position will allow us to provide outstanding practical brewing experiences for our students as we continue to align hands-on training with the best theoretical education,” said Charlie Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences. “Students don’t get that combination…

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Hops set acreage, production value records

Hops set acreage, production value records “U.S. hop growers set new records in acres harvested and value of production in 2016, and reached second best in production volume. Increases have been fueled for several years by growth of the craft beer industry but now supply has caught up with demand, said…

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Laws & Regulations


Oklahoma’s New Beer & Wine Sales Law Faces Opposition

“A group of liquor stores in the state are challenging a pending move to allow the sale of

December 23rd, 2016

FDA and Brewers Association hash out menu labeling details

“The government has actually been quite patient — especially when working with the beer industry to help ease

December 21st, 2016

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Finance


Governor McAuliffe Announced $775,000 Investment in Louisa County, VA

““Coyote Hole Ciderworks” investment in Louisa County bolsters Virginia’s reputation as a top East Coast craft beverage destination

December 23rd, 2016

Craft Beer Research and Service Grants

“Funding priorities include hop and malt research, safety and sustainability-related projects, however all projects will be considered for

December 21st, 2016

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Launchpad


Sinistral Brewing Company to open in Manassas, Virginia, in 2017

““The City of Manassas is excited to welcome Sinistral Brewing to our Historic Downtown,” said City Manager W.

December 23rd, 2016

Craft brewery to open in Elk Grove with 50-seat tasting room (CA)

“Waterman’s soon-to-open tasting room will feature craft beer brewed at 9824 Dino Drive, Suite 150, in an industrial

December 21st, 2016

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Taste Matters


Cocktails have transformed from drinks into aphrodisiac experiences

“This is a delightfully gender-neutral exercise. My (male) date that night was given a rose-petal flute called a

December 23rd, 2016

Your weird, old beer style of the day: Kvass

“Historians seem to agree on a few things, however: Kvass is low-ABV (usually around 2%), acidic (thanks to

December 21st, 2016

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Marketing


How You Can Use Genuine Product Reviews to Market Your Business

“If there’s one thing that consistently leads to higher sales figures, it’s social proof. And customer reviews and testimonials

December 23rd, 2016

One Online Beer Reviewer Is Getting Absolutely Owned by a Craft Brewer

“That’s not particularly devastating, but it caught the attention of Evil Twin founder Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø’s on December 14.

December 21st, 2016

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Technology


6 beverage innovation highlights of 2016

“It’s easy to be cynical about the term ‘innovation’ – a buzzword used by marketers in the hope

December 21st, 2016

Won’t A.I. Beer Inevitably Result in Bud Light?

“I am surprised no one pointed out the three fatal flaws behind the rationale for this project, though.

December 19th, 2016

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Distributor / Sales


Dogfish Head coming to Minnesota in 2017

“The move was announced this week in a press release regarding the official launch into New Mexico. In

December 23rd, 2016

Cascade Brewing makes first move beyond self-distribution, signs with Day One

““The decision to go with a distributor partner in Oregon for the Cascade sour beer portfolio was a

December 21st, 2016

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Packaging


Beer bottle labels take some creativity

“The artwork on craft beer bottles is as diverse as the breweries themselves. Even Greenbush Brewing Co. head

December 23rd, 2016

Ball predicts double digit growth for craft beer cans

“Ball Beverage Packaging Europe predicts the uptake of cans among craft brewers will continue; expecting double digit growth

December 21st, 2016

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Managing


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Suggests Improved Brewery Safety

“The brewing industry, which saw its rate of cases jump up to 5.3 in 2014, fell back below

December 23rd, 2016

Technical Committees Boost Resources for Breweries in 2016

“In 2016, the Brewers Association Technical Committee and technical subcommittees addressed many issues and developed a wide range

December 21st, 2016

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Bev Tourism


The growing wine tourism market

““One trend holds true across the world,” said Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Destinate, a destination and tourism

December 23rd, 2016

Craft brewing industry grows larger, better (Duluth, MN)

“In 2012, there were only 36 craft breweries in the entire state; now there are more than 100.

December 21st, 2016

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Trade Shows


Crafting a Business 2017 Conference in Portland in January (OR)

“Starting a business in the craft beverage industry takes more than just knowing how to brew a great

December 23rd, 2016

Thinfilm to exhibit smart beer bottles and smart medical devices at CES 2017

“NFC solutions will allow craft beer bottles to offer consumers with brewmaster videos, pairing recommendations, and other information

December 21st, 2016

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Sustainability


Seismic Brewing Co. tries to brew beer with a conscience

““We are trying to be the best industrial brewery in terms of water conservation in the world,” Jackson

December 23rd, 2016

Nova Scotia craft brewers secure access to washed beer bottles

“”There’s easily 5 to 8 million bottles that can be stored, washed and resold, not only to the

December 21st, 2016

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By The Numbers


Parsing the economics of Napa Valley Cabernet: 100 to 140 times grape cost to bottle price or you lose!

Source and more data: Mike Fisher: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Vs Grape Pricing

November 28th, 2016

Asian cuisine fastest growing among restaurants that serve beer/wine/spirits

November 28th, 2016

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Online Usability


Maybe it’s time to #reconsider the brand #hashtag

“Brand hashtags, however, rarely build anything because people, even millennials, have better things to do than blithely support

December 23rd, 2016

53% of Women Made Purchases Due to Influencer Posts (Survey)

“Bloglovin, a media platform that connects consumers with their favorite influencers, surveyed more than 20,000 women to get

December 21st, 2016

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Advertising & PR


Twitter overcharged video advertisers, issues refunds

“Twitter apparently informed these advertisers earlier this week and issued refunds, but didn’t publicly announce anything until after

December 23rd, 2016

MillerCoors defends ice beer ads from critics

“MillerCoors said advertisements in Milwaukee touting the alcohol content of one of its beers are aimed at transparency

December 21st, 2016

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