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Innovation Brewing can keep name

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

A federal trademark court has ruled that Innovation Brewing in North Carolina is clear to register its name and branding. Bell’s Brewery in Michigan had argued the microbrewery’s name is too close to two of Bell’s marketing phrases. In opposing Innovation’s trademark registration in 2014 Bell’s argued Innovation’s name sounded too much like the bigger […]

Mendocino Brewing closes historic taproom

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Mendocino Brewing Co., which has a direct link to the beginning of the American craft beer movement, will close its California taproom Saturday and the future of the brewery is in doubt. Originally located in Hopland and later relocated to Ukiah, the taproom was the first brewpub to open in California and second in the […]

Blue Moon creator leaves MillerCoors

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Keith Villa, who wrote the recipe for Blue Moon Belgian White in 1995, is retiring from MillerCoors. “While I am stepping away and retiring from MillerCoors, this company will forever hold a special place in my heart,” Villa said via a statement. “Over the last 20 years, I have witnessed the growth of Blue Moon […]

Craft beer adds $68 billion to economy

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The craft brewing industry contributed $67.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016, providing 456,000 jobs. “With a strong presence across the 50 states and the District of Columbia, craft breweries are a vibrant and flourishing economic force at the local, state and national level,” said Brewers Association economist Bart Watson. “As consumers continue to […]

Green Flash to begin brewing in Nebraska

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Green Flash Brewing, which opened 15 years ago in San Diego and added a second larger brewery last year in Virginia, has announced it will operate another brewery in Lincoln, Neb. A press release states the company has purchased a 10,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room with a restaurant in Lincoln. Ploughshare Brewing, which opened […]

New Belgium, Magnolia, Cantwell, lambic

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Write your own headline. The press release New Belgium Brewing issued this afternoon turned the process of picking a lead item into a multiple choice question. The Colorado brewery will purchase Magnolia Brewing in San Francisco, the 20-year-old brewery that was in bankruptcy. A newly formed partnership, in which New Belgium is the majority shareholder, […]

Constellation Brands buys Funky Buddha

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Constellation Brands has acquired as second craft brewery, today announcing it has bought Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery. Constellation, which also imports popular Mexican brands such as Corona and Modelo, purchased Ballast Point two years ago. Ballast Point cost Constellation $1 billion. The terms of the Funky Buddha deal have not been disclosed. Funky Buddha, founded […]