Top Stories, News, and Analysis from the Craft Beer Industry

Newly Launched Maine Wholesaler Challenges State Franchise Laws

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A new beer and wine wholesaler based in Portland, Me. is hoping to attract small craft brands with an unconventional approach to beer distribution. Vacationland’s co-founder, Jim O’Brien, said he believes it is the first wholesaler in the country to directly challenge state franchise laws by offering beverage manufacturers fixed-length contracts capable of being nullified at any time.

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Heavy Seas to Grow Production Capacity 250 Percent

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Add Heavy Seas Beer to the neverending list of craft breweries that are expanding production capabilities. The Baltimore, Md.-based beer company has secured $6 million in bank financing to install a new 60-barrel, 5-vessel brewhouse and ultimately grow its production capacity by 250 percent. According to a press release, the expansion project — which will be finished by September — will increase potential brewing capacity to 175,000 barrels.

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Brew Talks LA: Fresh & Easy Aims to Sell More Local Craft

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Craft brewers talk a fair amount about building a footprint in a chain account. But at least one chain account, 167-store Fresh & Easy, is much more focused on keeping its craft beer selections as local as possible, rather than looking for chainwide one-size-fits-all offerings.

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Left Hand Brewing Re-Enters Iowa

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Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing Company is once again expanding its distribution footprint and will re-enter Iowa in August. The company, which temporarily left the state in 2011 due to capacity constraints, has signed a wholesale agreement with Johnson Brothers of Iowa.

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Green Flash Partners with St-Feuillien For European Production

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Green Flash Brewing today announced a unique brewing partnership with Belgium-based St-Feuillien. According to a press statement, the two breweries have made a “handshake agreement,” whereby St-Feuillien will brew, bottle and ship Green Flash’s flagship West Coast IPA for broader distribution throughout Europe.

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Stone Brewing Announces $25 Million Berlin Brewery

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The country’s tenth largest craft brewery, Stone Brewing Co., today announced plans to build a new $25 million brewery in Berlin. The San Diego-based craft brewery said it plans to open a production brewery and “expansive destination restaurant” in Germany’s capital city by early 2016.

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Brew Talks Sacramento: Legislative Change Afoot in California

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During the second stop of this week’s Brew Talks West Coast Tour, Tom McCormick, the executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association, provided an update on raft of legislative issues that, if passed, will impact the way small brewers operate. 

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Craft Industry Experts Examine Beervana at Brew Talks Portland

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It’s no secret that Oregonians have quite the affinity for locally produced craft beer. Of the 1.4 million barrels of beer the state’s brewers produced last year, 500,000 were sold to Beaver State drinkers alone.

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Brew Talks LA: Learn Off-Premise Retail Strategies with Fresh & Easy

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You already know the numbers: Nationally, there are more than 3,000 craft breweries and in California, more than 450 beer companies are fighting to earn retailer attention. And with an abundance of high-quality brews to choose from, craft-savvy grocery chains are beginning to refine their sets, dedicating space to the most profitable and highest velocity brands.

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Live Video Stream of Brew Talks West Coast Tour Announced

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Brewbound.com is pleased to announce live video streaming of its Brew Talks West Coast Tour, a traveling meetup series for beer industry professionals. The first stop during the week-long tour will take place on Monday, July 14 at Breakside Brewing’s production facility in Milwaukie, Ore.. The live broadcast will take begin at 5:30 P.M. PST and can be accessed by visiting http://www.brewbound.com/livestream.

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Cigar City Inks Exclusive Partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines

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Cigar City is about to set sail on Carnival Cruise Lines. Beginning this week, two canned offerings from the Tampa, Fla.-based craft brewery will be available on 13 Florida-based ships sailing to the Caribbean, Mexico and The Bahamas.

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Full Sail Brewing Sues Law Firm For Trademark Infringement

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Oregon’s Full Sail Brewing has filed a lawsuit with an Atlanta-based law firm specializing in driving under the influence (DUI) cases, alleging that the firm’s logo — which is printed on brown paper bags — is an infringement of the brewery’s own trademarked Session Lager artwork.

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