Archive for March, 2010

On the new beer front . . .

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Full Sail Brewing’s Hop Pursuit — 6% abv and 55 IBU — features “less aggressive, old school craft brewing hops” Cascade, Willamette and Mt. Hood grown in Oregon. A press release from the Hood River, Oregon, brewery states, “These give the beer a nice and fresh citrus herbal character without a lot of intensity; instead […]

Nick Matt new BA board of directors chair

Friday, March 19th, 2010

The Brewers Association, which represents America’s small and independent brewers, has seated its new board of directors and officers. The officers are Nick Matt of Matt Brewing Company as Chair; Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery as Vice Chair; and Mark Edelson of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant as Secretary/Treasurer. New members of the […]

Anderson Valley Brewing sold

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Ken Allen, one of the pioneers in the craft beer movement, has announced Anderson Valley Brewing will be sold to HMB Holdings. The transaction is expected to be complete in April. From the press release: Under the leadership of respected industry pioneer Ken Allen, Anderson Valley Brewery has been creating award winning craft beers in […]

Consumers can join fight to lower beer taxes

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The Brewers Association has called on beer drinkers across the country to join the effort to lower the beer excise tax for America’s small brewers. For small brewers making less than 6 million barrels annually, H.R. 4278 would cut the small brewer tax rate in half, to $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels […]

Cap lifted for Iowa breweries

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has signed a bill that allow Iowa breweries to make and sell beers up to 12% alcohol by volume. Out of state breweries were already selling these stronger beers in Iowa, but in-state breweries were restricted to a 5% abv. A movement for Iowa Beer Equality arose to remove the competitive […]

Craft beers sales grow 7.2 percent

Monday, March 8th, 2010

The Brewers Association today announced that craft beers sales grew 7.2% in 2009 as the same time that overall beer sales tumbled. The dollar value of craft beer grew even more dramatically, 10.3%. Overall, craft brewers sold 613,992 additional barrels in 2009, an increase equal to about 8.5 million cases. Overall, U.S. beer sales were […]

Oregon congressman to deliver CBC keynote

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) will deliver the keynote speech at the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) in Chicago. The conference itself runs April 8-10, with judging for the World Beer Cup bi-annual competition in the days before. More than 1,600 of the world’s leading brewers, brewery owners and brewing supply professionals are expected to attend. Congressman […]