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Beer – Seeking Elusive Frothy Sales

October 16, 2017 – Major breweries, think Budweiser, Coors et al, have been bedeviled by sluggish sales for a while but now, even craft beer is slowing down. Craft beer sales are actually up but the accelerated growth the category was enjoying is definitely declining.  The numbers prove it.  In...
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India Pale Ale (IPA) Has Its National Day

July 26, 2017 – IPA stalwarts will be delighted to know that Thursday, July 27 is National IPA Day.  For those who don’t know or love IPAs, a brief history is in order as its creation shows that there’s always a way to overcome adversity and serve the Empire as...
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Time to Stop and Smell the Hops

June 23, 2017 – There’s a crisis in America!  No, not that crisis de jour.  We’re talking about a real crisis of people not using all their vacation time.  Last year more than half of workers surveyed by Samuel Adams and Project:  Time Off admitted to leaving vacation time on...
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Drinking Beer is Patriotic!

We need jobs in America and the beer industry is doing its bit.  An economic study commissioned by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association shows that the beer industry is responsible for two million jobs and contributes $246.6 billion – with a “b” – to the economy. ...
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Guinness Goes Blonde

The dark ale from Ireland has a blonde sister brew.  Guinness Blonde American Lager is now available nationwide.  Made in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Guinness Blonde American Lager uses American hops and Guinness’ world famous 125-year-old Guinness yeast. As lagers continue to gain favor among beer drinkers in the U.S., Guinness Master...
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Craft Beer Deserves Craft Chips

November 18, 2016 – Forget the dip.  All you need is Neal Brothers chips. The Brothers, two of them, hail from Toronto where their life’s mission is to create “better for you” snacks.  Their all-natural, non-GMO, kettle cooked chips are now available in the U.S. at Whole Foods. The four...
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Victory Brewing Company Brings Back Favorites

August 12, 2016 – Victory Brewing will take fans from summer to fall with the release of Sour Monkey and Moonglow Weizenbock. Sour Monkey is a sharp twist on Golden Monkey their Belgian-style Tripel, while Moonglow Weizenbock is a spicy and fruity dark amber wheat.  Sour Monkey was a new...
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Cuba is Running Out of Beer

April 12, 2016 – Cuba is running out of beer as a result of an influx of tourists from America.  This could be considered good news for Anheuser-Busch InBev since they have a joint venture with the Cuban government to produce Bucanero at the state-owned plant.  At least they are...
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Goose Island Five Years Later

March 31, 2016 – Is it possible for behemoth Anheuser-Busch to mass-produce a craft beer?  And what goes into converting 50-barrel batches into 1,000-barrel batches?  Is Goose Island anything like its former self? Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune has written a very thoughtful article on what it has taken...
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How High Are Beer Taxes in Your State?

March 22, 2016 — Tax treatment of beer varies widely across the U.S., ranging from a low of $0.02 per gallon in Wyoming to a high of $1.29 per gallon in Tennessee. Scott Drenkard of the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit research organization that has monitored tax and spending policy...
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“Wild Ginger” is a Winner in Alcoholic Ginger Beer

November 22, 2015 – Did you know that alcoholic ginger beer was a victim of Prohibition?  According to Jamey Grosser, founder of Wild Ginger, alcoholic ginger beer has been around as long as the art of brewing but Prohibition turned it into soda. Because he couldn’t find an alcoholic ginger...
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Great Gift Idea for Beer Lovers

November 6, 2015 – Tired of trying to figure out what to give that big lug whose life’s passion is beer?  We’ve discovered the solution. A company called What on Earth has come up with a series of professional logos for use on apparel such as sweat shirts and hoodies...
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This Irish Pub Has Rules

July 31, 2015 – If you visit the Merry Ploughboy in Rathfarnham, near Dublin, you’d better read the rules.  Rule No. 3 and Rule No. 7 are taken seriously.  No. 3 warns against drinking a pint of Guinness before it has settled, which will result in your being barred, while...
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Jameson Irish Whiskey Teams Up With U.S. Breweries

June 25, 2015 — Jameson Irish whiskey is extending the Jameson Drinking Buddies program, highlighting distinct craft beer collaborations with American breweries. After last year’s successful collaboration with KelSo Beer Company of Brooklyn, Jameson is now partnering with five local breweries from across the U.S.A. who exemplify devotion to the...
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Bottle Boys Play Johnny Cash

May 15, 2015 – We can’t resist watching the Bottle Boys.  If they don’t leave you smiling, then there’s something wrong …… and not with them! Enjoy their rendition of a couple of big ones from The Man in Black, Johnny Cash.          ...
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Anchor Steam Started a Trend

December 29, 2014 – Thirty-nine years ago a very clever idea set the wheels of change in motion in the craft brewing industry. Fritz Maytag, who owned San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing, decided to create a special brew for Christmas called Our Special Ale. It’s said he wanted to send friends...
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Hops: The Newest Food Flavoring

October 28, 2014 – The quiet farming area of Dixon, just west of Sacramento on I-80, is famous as the location of the world’s biggest corn maze.  At 60 acres, it is in the Guinness Book of Records and attracts visitors from all over the world.  That’s just an interesting...
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California Gov. Signs Another Beer Industry Bill

September 9, 2014 by admin Leave a Comment On top of fixing the law about tasting beer at trade shows for brewers, the State’s craft brewing industry is happy about a law that makes it illegal to deface the name of a manufacturer on a metal keg without written consent....
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Saké – The Essence of Rice

May 29, 2014 by admin Leave a Comment By Harriet Lembeck  How much do you know about Saké? To say that Saké is a beverage made from rice is as simplistic as saying that wine is a beverage made from grapes.  Saké can be very complex, so here’s a rundown...
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Degree in Brewing Offered at CIA Hyde Park

January 19, 2014 by admin Leave a Comment Brooklyn Brewery, one of America’s top craft beer makers, has joined with The Culinary Institut e of America (CIA) to develop a small brewery on the college’s Hyde Park, NY campus. The Brooklyn Brewery at the CIA is expected to open to...
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Florida Moves to OK Growlers

May 1, 2014 by admin Leave a Comment It’s never simple when it comes to regulations in the alcohol beverage world.  The Florida Senate approved 64-ounce growler fills of beer but at the same time they are restricting direct sales to consumers by craft brewers making more than 1,000 barrels. ...
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Building A Better Beer Can

Jul 2, 2013 - The Sly Fox microbrewery in Pottstown, PA is debuting a revolutionary “360” lid on its can of Helles Golden Lager. It will be available in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. As the name implies, the lid is entirely removable allowing the full flavor and...
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Getting A Grip On Budweiser’s New Can

June 3, 2013 - When you are the biggest beer brand in the U.S., changing the can is not a simple or fast undertaking. It also require considerable investment. During May, Budweiser is rolling out its revolutionary new aluminum bowtie-shaped can that mirrors the iconic bowtie logo. Look for it...
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Finding Bigfoot Contest

April 24, 2013-The owners of Olympia Beer, Pabst Brewing Company, are serious about finding Bigfoot and are offering $1,000,000 to the lucky person who can provide undeniable proof of the creature’s existence. The prize will be paid at the rate of $25,000 a year for 40 years. Not enough to...
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This Sud’s For You

April 15, 2013-Three lawsuits filed at the end of February in Federal Court accuse Anheuser Busch of watering down Budweiser and other beers made by the company. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for consumers. The lawsuits aren’t about taste but about buzz. They claim the “5 percent alcohol by volume”...
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