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Bank forecloses, Green Flash sold

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

During a week in which it closed two brewing facilities, Green Flash brewery has been purchased by a new investor group. The company’s principal lender foreclosed on the San Diego brewery, then sold it to a group of investors called WC IPA LLC. The announcement of the sale comes just a week after Green Flash […]

Smaller breweries drive craft growth

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

The number of operating breweries in the United States grew 16% in 2017 and smaller breweries generally fared better than large ones. Total beer sales declined 1% for the year, while craft (as defined by the Brewers Association) beer sales grew 5%. Microbreweries, meaning ones that made 15,000 barrels or less, and brewpubs delivered 76% […]

Pennsylvania earmarks $704,985 for beer projects

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has awarded grants totaling $704,985 to 13 projects to increase the production of Pennsylvania-made malt and brewed beverages and enhance the Pennsylvania beer industry through promotion, marketing, and research-based programs and projects. “Brewing beer is an important industry to Pennsylvania’s economy that is growing,” Governor Tom Wolf said in a […]

Fuller’s buys Sussex craft brewery

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Fuller Smith & Turner — the oldest brewery in London and operator of an international brand — has purchased Dark Star Brewing in Sussex. Terms of the sale were not revealed. “The deal means we will continue to do what we do, but gives us huge opportunities to brew more one-off small batch beers hand-in-hand […]

Stone Brewing sues MillerCoors to defend ‘Stone’ mark

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Stone Brewing has filed suit in federal court, charging brewing giant MillerCoors with trademark infringement in marketing Keystone Light beer. MillerCoors revamped Keystone Light packaging last April, emphasizing the word “Stone” on the side of its cans. “Keystone’s new can design overtly copies and infringes the Stone trademark,” Stone stated in the lawsuit. In a […]

Charlie – and you know who we mean – is retiring

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

The godfather of American homebrewing has an exit strategy. The Brewers Association announced that Charlie Papazian will step down Jan. 23, 2019, on this 70th birthday. Papazian and Charlie Matzen, both school teachers at the time, founded the American Homebrewers Association in Boulder, Colo., in 1978. Papazian started the Great American Beer Festival four years […]

City of Portland yields to local brewery

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

The city of Portland has abandoned an effort to take away a local brewery’s right to using an iconic logo. Old Town Brewing secured the exclusive rights to use the leaping deer logo found on the city-owned Portland, Oregon, sign in 2012. The city hired a private trademark attorney and spent four years contesting Old […]