Archive for January, 2018

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 […]

Lagunitas won’t reopen Charleston brewery

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Lagunitas Brewing will not reopen the Charleston, S.C., brewpub it took over in 2016 and was forced to close last year because it needed repairs. The company realized that renovating the building would cost too much to be worth it, company spokeswoman Karen Hamilton informed the The Post and Courier. The building was constructed in […]

Smuttynose Brewing to be sold at auction

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Smuttynose Brewing Co., founded in 1994 and the largest craft brewery in New Hampshire, will be sold at bank auction March 9 unless a buyer is found before. The company employs 68 people and generates more than $10 million in revenue a year. The sale includes the Smuttynose brand, its facility on the historic Towle […]

Guinness debuts non-alcoholic lager

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Guinness begins rolling a non-alcoholic lager in Ireland this month. Pure Brew has been developed at Open Gate, Diageo’s experimental brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin. Pure Brew will be available in 250 pubs in Dublin to start, nationwide beginning in March. Unlike other non-alcoholic beers, Pure Brew is a fully-fermented beer. Most others […]

Green Flash pulls out of 32 markets

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Green Flash Brewing, which operates breweries on both coasts, announced it will withdraw distribution from 32 states and reduce its workforce by 15%. “We were doing pretty well close to the breweries, and in some strategic markets we had some strongholds, but we had a lot of territory that was in pretty steady decline,” co-founder […]

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 […]