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Mass. leads the way for a national crackdown on ‘pay-to-play’

Mass. leads the way for a national crackdown on ‘pay-to-play’

“Faced with the possibility of having its federal license suspended or revoked, Craft Brewers Guild voluntarily paid $750,000 to settle the case, the largest sum the US alcohol bureau has ever collected from a single company for trade practice violations. In a brief statement, the parent company of Craft Brewers Guild, the Sheehan Family Cos., […]

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Legislation Signed to Aid Expansion of Homebrew Beer, Wine, Cider (NY)

Legislation Signed to Aid Expansion of Homebrew Beer, Wine, Cider (NY)

“New York’s craft beverage industry is one of the fastest growing in the nation, however many urban and suburban residents often cannot afford or do not have access to the appropriate space or equipment to make homemade beer, cider, or wine in their homes or apartments. These custom production centers not only provide space and […]

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Man dead after gas leak at Carlsberg brewery

Man dead after gas leak at Carlsberg brewery

““One of our colleagues remains in a serious but stable condition. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of everyone working for us.” The brewer said it was working closely with the Health and Safety Executive to determine how the incident occurred. Production at Carlsberg has been stopped while investigations are carried out. . Ammonia […]

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Colorado craft beer industry reunites after bitter split

Colorado craft beer industry reunites after bitter split

“The Colorado Brewers Guild, the state’s trade association, announced Wednesday it will join forces with Craft Beer Colorado, a splinter organization representing the state’s biggest brewers that defected in June after internal discord. The rift occurred after Anheuser-Busch bought Littleton-based Breckenridge Brewery, one of the state’s most recognizable names in craft beer, and made other […]

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Spinnaker Bay Brewing acquired by Northwest Peaks Brewery (WA)

Spinnaker Bay Brewing acquired by Northwest Peaks Brewery (WA)

“NW Peaks Brewery and Spinnaker Bay Brewing have come to an agreement to see NW Peaks Brewery purchase Spinnaker Bay Brewing’s assets, which includes its brewery and tap room. NW Peaks Brewery will also retain the current brewers and will be able to produce and distribute Spinnaker Bay Brewing’s beer for a limited time. The […]

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Distributor’s tactics cost us $1.7 million, beer importer says (MA)

Distributor’s tactics cost us $1.7 million, beer importer says (MA)

““These big distributors have framed themselves as friends to small brewers and beer drinkers, all the while using unfair practices like illegal pay-to-play schemes to control the market,” Shelton Brothers said in a statement. “They’re limiting access and choice to line their own pockets at the expense of brewers . . . and consumers. We’re hoping this […]

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Anheuser-Busch acquires Karbach Brewing Co.

Anheuser-Busch acquires Karbach Brewing Co.

““We are so grateful for the growth we’ve experienced in this first phase of Karbach, but we have maxed out our growth potential on our own, and a partnership with The High End will open doors to keep innovating and experimenting with our unique styles and continue to expand,” said co-founder Chuck Robertson. “While we […]

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High Spirits – Feds Award Over $9M For Wine, Rum and More

High Spirits – Feds Award Over $9M For Wine, Rum and More

“The federal government is giving out $9,213,303 in taxpayer funds to wineries, distilleries and orchards producing hard cider through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Value Added Producer grants (VAPG) program.The federal government is giving out $9,213,303 in taxpayer funds to wineries, distilleries and orchards producing hard cider through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Value Added Producer grants […]

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Constellation Brands Announces Agreement to Purchase Brewery in Obregon, Mexico

Constellation Brands Announces Agreement to Purchase Brewery in Obregon, Mexico

“”We believe this is the right strategy to provide near-term capacity and greater flexibility to support our growth and innovation plans, while allowing for the buildout of our Mexicali brewery over an extended time period,” said Rob Sands, president and chief executive officer, Constellation Brands. “We look forward to welcoming Obregon’s talented employees to our […]

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Report: Colorado marijuana industry is already bigger than craft beer

Report: Colorado marijuana industry is already bigger than craft beer

“If the numbers are right, Colorado’s still budding cannabis industry is already worth more than the much-celebrated craft beer industry, the report officially released Wednesday shows. Last year, Colorado’s small and independent beer makers generated $1.7 billion, according to a report released earlier this year by the Colorado Brewers Guild. Marijuana tax revenues were three times larger […]

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Craft beer, after astounding growth, suffers from growing pains

Craft beer, after astounding growth, suffers from growing pains

“However, much like any other brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors face stumbles along the way. Even after owning Chicago’s Goose Island for five years, Anheuser-Busch InBev had to issue refunds to customers after batches of Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island’s recently expanded barrel warehouse developed “off flavors” from a bacterial infection. It was […]

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Mad hops: The rise of farm-to-bottle brewing is a great thing for beer enthusiasts and the environment

Mad hops: The rise of farm-to-bottle brewing is a great thing for beer enthusiasts and the environment

“A farm brewery is more than simply pragmatic, though: Whereas a typical mass-produced saison or “farmhouse ale” containing commercially manufactured yeast, hops and malt can be produced identically anywhere in the world, authentic farmhouse beer is unique in that indigenous ingredients create an inimitable profile that reflects the true “terroir” of the brewery — just like […]

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