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Lagunitas dropping suit against Sierra Nevada

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

A dispute between Lagunitas Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. that flashed in the public arena on Tuesday basically ended later in the day. Posting on Twitter, Lagunitas founder Tony Magee wrote, “Today was in the hands of the ultimate court; The Court of Public Opinion and in it I got an answer to […]

Lagunitas claims Sierra Nevada infringes on trademark

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Lagunitas Brewing Co. has sued rival Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., according to the Press Democrat, alleging the Chico-based brewer has engaged in trademark infringement on its new Hop Hunter IPA label. Sierra Nevada is the second-largest craft brewer in the United Sates, while Lagunitas is No. 5. Lagunitas owner Tony Magee argues Sierra Nevada’s design […]

Another American brewery expands into Germany

Friday, January 9th, 2015

St. Louis-based Urban Chestnut Brewing’s plans for brewing in Germany do not quite match the scale of what Stone Brewing has announced in Berlin, but UCBC co-founder Florian Kuplent admits they are nonetheless rather ambitious. “I’m thinking we might be a little crazy opening our third brewery in (less than) five years,” he said for […]

2014 craft beer in review

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The numbers are in from the Brewers Association in Colorado. “It’s remarkable to see how beer has evolved in the past century. Year over year we’re seeing tremendous growth in the craft beer sector and 2014 proved that craft beer is moving into the mainstream,” Bart Watson, BA chief economist said for a press release. […]

British parliament votes out pub ‘tie’

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Members of Parliament have voted to allow British pub tenants to buy beer from any supplier they want, effectively ending the “beer tie” that has required landlords to buy beer from the companies that own their pubs. The MPs voted 284-269 against the government and for a clause in the Small Business Bill that allows […]

Massachusetts ‘pay-to-play’ probe steps up

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The Boston Globe reports Massachusetts regulators have issued subpoenas — indicating the investigation into charges of “pay-to-play” that came to light last month is getting serious — to “breweries, beer distributors, and retailers for records to determine whether they are paying for, or demanding payments for, access to bar taps in pubs and restaurants and […]

Schell moves to preserve Grain Belt sign

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The Grain Belt beer sign that has been a Minneapolis landmark since the 1940s but dark for almost 20 years apparently may soon be lit again. August Schell Brewing Co., which acquired the Grain Belt brand in 2002, announced it will buy the sign and the Nicollet Island land it sits on and donate it […]