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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 in most other brewing programs.” “My family and I have […]

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 Pete Mahony, director of supply chain management and purchasing for […]

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State of the NW Cider Industry

State of the NW Cider Industry

“In early 2015, the Northwest Cider Association (“NWCA”) introduced the 2015 State of the NW Cider Industry (“Prior Survey”) report. The goal of the initial report was to work towards compiling data from prior year production to generate an annual report for the industry. From this starting point, the longer-term goal for the NWCA has […]

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Craft Brew Alliance to Acquire Minority Stake in Miami’s Wynwood Brewing

Craft Brew Alliance to Acquire Minority Stake in Miami’s Wynwood Brewing

“Described by CBA as a “strategic partnership,” the deal will allow Wynwood to tap into the larger company’s nationwide network of Anheuser-Busch wholesalers and will give the Miami brewery access to additional production capacity at CBA’s brewing facility in Portsmouth, N.H. “Our success over the past several years hasn’t come without its challenges, and we’re […]

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Why Colorado’s Successful Craft Beer Scene Is Now ‘Soul Searching’

Why Colorado’s Successful Craft Beer Scene Is Now ‘Soul Searching’

“From the outside, it looks like the craft beer industry is living a charmed existence. Hundreds of new breweries have opened in Colorado in recent years. And one estimate puts the economic impact of the state’s craft beer at $1.7 billion. Still, problems have been brewing. “It’s a lot of soul searching about what it […]

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Pernod Ricard Has Bought a Majority Stake in Craft Whiskey Maker Smooth Ambler

Pernod Ricard Has Bought a Majority Stake in Craft Whiskey Maker Smooth Ambler

“Absolut vodka and Jameson whiskey maker Pernod Ricard has agreed to buy a majority stake in a West Virginia craft whiskey distiller, the latest bet by a big alcohol producer to invest in a smaller rival. The French beverage giant—the world’s second-largest liquor producer after Diageo—on Thursday announced that a subsidiary has invested in Smooth […]

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2016 Craft Beer Year in Review from the Brewers Association

2016 Craft Beer Year in Review from the Brewers Association

“Reflecting on the significant impact of small and independent craft breweries in 2016, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—looked back on the defining beer moments of 2016. “In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive,” said Bart Watson, […]

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Texas’ Deep Ellum Sells Stake to Storied Craft Breweries

Texas’ Deep Ellum Sells Stake to Storied Craft Breweries

“Under the deal, Storied Craft Breweries will acquire a 56 percent stake in Deep Ellum, one of the fastest growing craft breweries in Texas, at least in part by buying out more than 20 minority partners from earlier investment rounds. The brewery will also receive $8 million in growth capital. In an interview with Brewbound, brewery […]

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Rémy Cointreau acquires Westland Distillery

Rémy Cointreau acquires Westland Distillery

“Rémy Cointreau has acquired Westland’s assets as part of plans to expand its portfolio in the fast-growing single malt whisk(e)y category – a movement that the distillery is “at the vanguard of”. Westland is “firmly committed to pushing the single malt whiskey category forward” – experimenting with new varietals of barley and oak and exploring concepts such as terroir.” […]

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Beer importer stuck with ‘pay-to-play’ distributor (MA)

Beer importer stuck with ‘pay-to-play’ distributor (MA)

“Craft Brewers Guild said in a statement that it sought the order to provide its retail customers with a “fair flow” of Shelton Brothers products until the case is resolved. The distributor also slammed Shelton Brothers for its history of suing other beer companies and challenging liquor laws. Shelton Brothers principal Dan Shelton said in […]

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U.S. Hop Growers Post Record Year

U.S. Hop Growers Post Record Year

“For the second consecutive year, the U.S. planted more hops (52,962 acres) than Germany (45,957 acres) as farmers expanded their operations to accommodate for increased hop production. Since 2012, U.S. hop production has increased by 50 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The majority of the U.S. hop production comes from the Pacific […]

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New Report: Craft Beer Success Boosts 2016 U.S. Online Beer, Wine & Liquor Sales Projections

New Report: Craft Beer Success Boosts 2016 U.S. Online Beer, Wine & Liquor Sales Projections

“Fortunately for independent brewers, the international craft beer community is somewhat shy to accept predictions about the craft beverage market from the man orchestrating a full on assault of the industry. Regardless of all the recent discounting, this latest news from IBIS and knowledge that independent breweries are still coming online at a breakneck pace may […]

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