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03/10/2015
Samuel Adams announced a call for entries to its 2015 LongShot American Homebrew Contest, with an East vs. West twist. This year the contest will choose a winner from each side of the Mississippi, as well as a Samuel Adams employee winner, to be announced at the 2015 Great American Beer Fest in Denver. The winning beers will be featured in a...
03/06/2015
Flying Dog Brewery has won a six-year long legal dogfight with Michigan’s Liquor Control Commission, culminating in a decision holding the Commission accountable for violating the brewery’s First Amendment rights. In 2009, Flying Dog filed to register the Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA in Michigan. Not expecting any controversy, the Frederick-...
03/06/2015
A Maine bill seeking to ensure beers advertised as pints are a full 16 ounces has passed its first round of votes in the Maine Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. The bill sponsored by Democratic Senator John Patrick, which passed 12-2, will crack down on bars and restaurants that advertise pints but serve them in 14 ounce glasses...
03/03/2015
As beer legislation continues to be a frequent topic in state capitols in support of smaller brewers, Oklahoma is looking at increasing taxes on breweries within its borders. Legislators are pushing three bills that will reform how beer is taxed and regulated within Oklahoma. The most controversial is House Bill 1858, which proposes to eliminate...
02/27/2015
In full year results announced by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the sale of Budweiser in the U.S. continued to slip. But increases in Brazil and China more than offset the slide in terms of total sales in 2014. The volume of the company’s designated Global Brands of Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois grew by 5.4 percent, said CEO Carlos Alves Brito. “We...
02/26/2015
Jim Koch, chairman of the Boston Beer Company, said his company is doing well in this week’s quarterly earnings report. But the stock price indicates some loss of optimism. After a long period of strong growth that saw the stock price rise 60 percent, it dropped about 11 percent following the report. Although production grew considerably in 2014...
02/25/2015
Riding the wave of the American IPA’s massive popularity, New York’s Ommegang Brewery has announced it will release its first foray into that genre in April. The Cooperstown brewery usually specializes in Belgian-style brews, and this departure marks the company’s first exploration of American craft beer styles, underscoring IPA’s prevalence and...
02/24/2015
Craft brewers in transition are looking for veteran help. The hiring of James Pendegraft as the CEO at the St. Louis Brewery continues the trend of veterans from major breweries taking the reins at smaller companies in the craft beer segment following a change in ownership. Pendegraft most recently worked for North American Breweries and has been...
02/23/2015
After joining Starr Hill Brewery in 2011 and working his way up the ranks, Robbie O’ Cain has been promoted to brewmaster. O’Cain replaces Starr Hill founder and original brewmaster Mark Thompson. After 23 years at the helm of the venerable Virginia brewery, Thompson will continue as a consultant/advistor. Here is the release from Starr Hill,...

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