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03/23/2015
Diageo has announced a commitment to provide nutrition facts on the labels of its entire line of products, including beer, wine and spirits. Until recently, the U.S. Treasury’s Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau did not allow alcoholic beverage labels to display nutritional information. The labels will be based off of U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which...
03/20/2015
There’s positive news for those in craft brewing who are increasing production capacity – especially if they are making American IPAs.  Statistics confirm that established companies brewing more American IPA are helping to drive craft’s fastest growing category and craft’s increase in overall market share. The IPA experienced another year of...
03/16/2015
After revising its guidelines for what constitutes a craft brewery in 2014, the Brewers Association has announced that under its definition craft beer has grown to a double-digit volume share (11 percent) of the U.S. beer market. Following the addition of small, independent breweries using traditional ingredients such as corn, the BA-defined...
03/16/2015
Despite recent jabs at beer with multiple flavors in its “Brewed the Hard Way” TV ad, Anheuser-Busch has debuted its newest beer directed at the craft segment, Oculto. The six percent ABV lager is a blend including beer aged on tequila barrel staves, and features packaging designed to react to cold. Here is the release from A-B: ST. LOUIS, March...
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...

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