Archive for October, 2012

French brewers face massive tax hike

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

French president Francois Hollande is pushing for a 160% increase in beer taxes, proposing that the money be used to help fund struggling social programs as France tries to limit its budget deficit. The tax would affect both French-brewed beers and imports. Imports account for about 30% of French beer consumption. The measure would result […]

OSHA cites Redhook for safety violations

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Craft Brew Alliance with 14 alleged safety violations as a result of its investigation into the accident in which Redhook Ale Brewery worker Ben Harris died in April. Harris was killed when a keg exploded while he was cleaning it at the Portsmouth, […]

Great American Beer Festival results

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

One of these years it will be physically impossible for the Great American Beer Festival to get bigger. As it is, 2,700 different beers were served at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver and 4,338 beers from 666 breweries were assessed by 185 judges from 11 countries during the competition held in conjunction the festival. […]

Brown Distributing, Descrecente, Tryon honored at GABF

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

The Brewers Association and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) announce Saturday that Brown Distributing Company, based in West Palm Beach, Fla. has been named the 2012 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year. The Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the beer distributor who does the most to […]

Samuel Adams winners: Wheat, hops and strawberries

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Boston Beer founder Jim Koch announced Friday that Connecticut homebrewer Zack Adams and James Schirmer from California won the national Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest. They will have their beers brewed by Boston Beer and distributed along with a beer from Samuel Adams employee homebrewer Dave Anderson. LongShot six-packs will include two of each […]

Craft breweries pump $3 billion into California economy

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The California craft brewing industry generated approximately $3 billion in total impact to the state’s economy, a press release from the Craft Brewing Association revealed. Citing a 2012 study sponsored by the CCBA in conjunction with the University of California, CCBA president Steve Wagner of Stone Brewing said: “The craft brewing industry is thriving in […]

Deschutes Red Chair ‘World’s Best’ (again)

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Deschutes Breery’s Red Chair NWPA (Northwest pale ale) has won the title of “World’s Best Beer” in the World Beer Awards competition, an honor the beer also won in 2010. Red Chair emerged from four rounds of judging, all of them based on blind tasting. The competition begins with judging in three regions — Asia, […]