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Early Registration for Brewbound Session San Diego Expires Today


Brewbound Session Winter 2014, a full-day conference on the business of craft beer, is just around the corner. If you haven’t already registered, this is your last chance to sign up and take advantage of the early registration discount. After today, the cost to attend will increase by $100 per attendee.

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Distribution Roundup: Fort Collins Brewery Taps Arizona, its 23rd State


Beginning early November, Fort Collins Brewery will ship its core lineup and select seasonal offerings throughout Arizona per an agreement with Young’s Market Company. Named after the northern Colorado town it was founded in, Fort Collins will round its distribution footprint out to 23 states with the launch.

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Figueroa Mountain Plans German Production Facility, Further Expansions at Home

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Figueroa Mountain Brewing, one of California’s faster-growing, but relatively unknown, craft breweries, has announced a slew of expansion plans that include a new international presence, adding three new taprooms and turning over distribution rights to a local beer wholesaler. The company plans to start contract brewing in Germany within six months while it searches for a location to build its own facility in the Bavarian region of the country.

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Harpoon Brewery Names New President

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Harpoon Brewery today announced it will promote Charlie Story, the Boston-based company’s current vice president of marketing, to the position of president. Storey, who joined the company in 1996, will oversee marketing, retail and festival initiatives and also manage the brewery’s distribution arm.

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Press Clips: The Constitutionality of Florida’s Growler Ban Questioned


A Florida restaurant has filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court claiming that the state’s ban on 64 oz. growlers is in violation of the U.S. Constitution. According to Sunshine State News, the suit aims to end the ban on half-gallon growlers, which has been a highly controversial issue in the state; currently, 32 oz. and 128 oz. growlers are legal, but the industry standard 64 oz. option is prohibited.

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Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey Expand Distribution Throughout Pittsburgh


Pushing farther into the state of Pennsylvania, Port Brewing will expand its distribution throughout Pittsburgh, the company announced today. Per an agreement with Wilson-McGinley, the brewery, which is headquartered out of San Marcos, Calif., will begin selling core and seasonal products from its Port Brewing and Lost Abbey labels in the newly added market this year.

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Pelican Pivots Focus Inland Through Expansion

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There’s a difference between being coastal and being on the coast. That’s a difference that Pelican Brewing has long exploited, as visitors to its beachside pub and brewery in Pacific City, Ore. can dig their toes in the sand, pint in hand, without straying from the premises. In a state that needs no help selling itself as a craft beer destination, Pelican’s immaculate location has for years given the company a leg to stand on that was uniquely its own.

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Brewbound Session San Diego: Refining Your Brand Narrative


Brewbound is delighted to announce that Christian McMahan, the managing partner at Smartfish Group, an east coast marketing, creative and design agency, will be speaking at the Dec. 4 Brewbound Session in San Diego. McMahan, who has served in executive marketing roles for Heineken USA and Diageo, currently works with a number of small and regional craft beverage companies, helping to define their branding and marketing strategies.

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Brew Talks Travels to Two Roads Brewing in November


Fresh on the heels of a sold-out Brew Talks meetup in Austin, Texas, Brewbound is already preparing to hit the road for its final stop of 2014. The Brew Talks meetup series will make its way to Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, Conn. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 for an evening of craft-focused business discussion, networking, and, as always, a few rounds of beer.

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World of Beer Launches Online Quiz Series with Help of Brewers

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You’d more likely come across a stone bust of Sam Calagione than one bearing the visage of Plato at World of Beer’s recently launched eponymous school. Well, you would if the school had a physical location, anyway. To build the “Ultimate Beer Quiz,” World of Beer tapped some of the biggest names in craft beer, asking them to help create a series of online quizzes aimed at educating beer consumers.

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Distribution Roundup: Knee Deep Realigns Network; Back Forty Taps Tennessee

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As part of its continued effort to realign its California distribution network, Knee Deep Brewing will now be sold by DBI Beverage of Sacramento throughout the region. “This is the final step in the reorganization of our distribution network in Northern California,” said Jerry Moore, Knee Deep CEO, in a news release.

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Video: Deep Eddy Founder Shares Entrepreneurial Advice at Brew Talks Austin


What’s the best way to propel your brand forward without making mistakes that would otherwise sink a new company? If you’re Clayton Christopher, you hire knowledgeable talent. Christopher, the Austin-based founder of Sweet Leaf Tea and Deep Eddy Vodka, said he believes that’s what today’s most successful entrepreneurs are doing right, and he swears by it.

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