Stone Announces New Brewery in Germany

Stone Brewing Co. announced today that they will be opening a new brewery in Germany. “This is a historic moment for Stone,” said Stone CEO and Co-Founder Greg Koch in a prepared statement. “I’ve wanted to say these next words for many years now: We’re coming to Europe. We’re coming to Germany. We are coming… Read More…

Stroh Brewing – From 3rd Largest Brewery to Zero

A history lesson. Because if we care to, we can learn from history. Few people remember that the Stroh Brewing Company was the third largest brewery in the US in the 1980’s. Today, the family has literally gone from a $9 billion (yes, that is a “B”) fortune to virtually zero. “We made the decision… Read More…

Another ESOP

Not surprisingly, in an industry that is rooted in passion, collaboration and commitment to product and company values, a number of craft brewers have become employee-owned companies in recent years as the pioneering generation edges towards retirement age. Perhaps the most visible craft brewery to sell to its employees is the New Belgium Brewing Co…. Read More…

Prez Has a Pint at Wynkoop

President Obama, in Denver yesterday, made a surprise and unannounced visit to the Wynkoop Brewery in the LoDo section of Denver. After dining at a restaurant down the street, the president strolled up to the Wynkoop where he was met by Colorado governor and Wynkoop founder John Hickenlooper.   The two shared a pint of… Read More…

Yeast into Space. So, Why?

Ninkasi Brewing Company will send 16 strains of brewer’s yeast above Earth’s atmosphere. In partnership with the Civilian Space eXploration Team, the first amateur rocketeer group to successfully launch a rocket to space, the yeast will then be analyzed and used for brewing.   “NSP is a very serendipitous project,” explains Nikos Ridge, CEO and… Read More…

GABF Entries Rise by 80%

An amazing 1,360 breweries will enter beers into the Great American Beer Festival competition this year, an increase from 750 entries last year, according to the Brewers Association.   The BA used a new registration process that allowed any brewery to enter, but limited the number of entries to a maximum of four.   The… Read More…

The ABC’s of Marijuana and Beer

The annual National Conference for State Liquor Administrators was held last week in San Antonio, TX. This conference is attended by state alcohol beverage regulatory agencies and other liquor control departments along with many trade associations and stakeholders in the industry. One panel discussion addressed the regulation and enforcement of both medical and recreational marijuana…. Read More…

TTB Offers Online Tool for Label Changes

The TTB has just launched the “Label Generator Tool” for industry members to help brewers better understand what changes are allowed to your approved labels without submitting a new Application for and Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval (COLA). This will allow brewers who want to make small changes to an existing beer label to skip the… Read More…

No Surprise – AHA Conference is Biggest Ever

The National Homebrew Competition held at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. boasted one of the most competitive fields of entries ever, with 8,172 homebrews evaluated by 212 beer judges.   “This year’s National Homebrew Competition fielded the largest group of entrants in the competition’s 36 year history,” said AHA director Gary Glass. “The level… Read More…

Bubble Talk

At the annual Beer Marketer’s Insight conference in Chicago last week, two industry economists shared the podium together to talk numbers. Bart Watson from the Brewers Association and Lester Jones, who is leaving a long term post at the Beer Institute to take a new seat at the National Beer Wholesalers Association, were both in… Read More…