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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Announces Return of Fire Chief Ale

It’s time to extinguish your thirst and give back to local heroes and charities as Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery announced today the return of its popular Fire Chief Ale. The national casual dining restaurant known for its distinctive selection of craft brewed beers celebrates its 25th anniversary with the brewery’s largest tapping party of the year, beginning Feb. 16 through April 17.

Pubware Releases 2 New Unbreakable Beer Glasses

PubWARE released two new unbreakable Pints and 20-ounce Pub Glasses, the best thing to happen to beer drinkers since the keg. PubWARE is a new line from SymGLASS comprised of unbreakable drinkware that looks and feels like real glass, but won’t crack, discolor, haze or cloud like acrylic or polycarbonate alternatives. Designed for both commercial and residential use, Pubware’s Pints and Pub Glasses can withstand the harshest of conditions in pubs, bars and restaurants. They are BPA-free, dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe.

Rogue’s Sriracha Hot Stout Makes Its Return

Just in time for Sriracha Week March 7-13, Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout returns to celebrate the world’s most influential spicy red sauce. The only beer officially sanctioned by Huy Fong Foods, creators of the original Sriracha Hot Sauce, Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout is crafted by infusing Sriracha Hot Sauce in a classic stout during the brewing process. With a deep ebony hue, Sriracha Hot Stout features rich notes of caramelized malts that give way to a warm, slow burn on a smooth finish.

Craft Beer Guild Slapped with 90-Day Suspension

Craft Beer Guild Slapped with 90-Day Suspension

After more than 15 months of investigations, regulators in Massachusetts have determined that Craft Beer Guild LLC — a wholesaler responsible for selling about 200 craft brands from around the U.S. — knowingly violated state laws prohibiting unfair trade practices and illegal pay-to-play activities. News of the decision was first reported by the Boston Globe. In a notice dated Feb. 11, 2016 and obtained by Brewbound, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) slapped Craft Beer Guild — a subsidiary of the Sheehan Family Companies, which owns several alcoholic beverage distributorships across more than a dozen states — with a 90-day license suspension for offering inducements and unfair discounts in exchange for guaranteed retail placements.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company Introduces Cran-Gose

Devils Backbone Brewing Company introduces Cran-Gose, a tart cranberry ale (4% ABV) that launches the 2016 Daypack Series. Based on the traditional gose brewing style, Cran-Gose is light, fruity and pink hued with a cranberry aroma and a naturally refreshing finish.

Denver Beer Co. Hires New Director of Sales

Brian Weslar joined the Denver Beer Co. team in February as Director of Sales. In this new position, Weslar will lead the Denver Beer Co. sales team, manage Denver Beer Co.’s relationship with Breakthru Beverage, and create a strategic plan for Denver Beer Co.’s growth statewide.

With One State Left to Enter, Oskar Blues is Nearly National

With One State Left to Enter, Oskar Blues is Nearly National

On the verge of being a nationally distributed craft brand, Oskar Blues Brewery yesterday announced it would expand distribution into three new states. The Colorado-headquartered company, which operates a second brewing facility in Brevard, NC., has signed agreements with wholesalers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Oklahoma and will begin distributing to the new markets over the next two months.

Coronado Brewing, Bear Republic to Release MerBear Rye IPA

It’s half mermaid, half bear, and entirely fantastic. MerBear Rye IPA, the new love child of SoCal icon Coronado Brewing and NorCal heavyweight Bear Republic, is set to hit shelves mid-February. The friendship began a few years back when president Rick Chapman and Brewmaster and COO Richard “Ricardo” Norgrove, of Coronado and Bear Republic respectively, met for beers at a local San Diego beer bar where they discussed the idea of the two creating something special.

Cape May Brewing Hires New Operations Director

Spring is a time for new beginnings… and a new chapter at Cape May Brewing Company. Starting the first week of March, Jimmy Valm – formerly of Brooklyn Brewery — will take over as CMBC’s Director of Brewing Operations, responsible for overseeing fermentation, maturation and packaging.

Hydro Flask Unveils New Color Collections

Hydro Flask, the award-winning leader in high-performance, insulated stainless steel flasks, is excited to introduce 11 new refreshingly bold colors across its hydration, coffee, beer and food collections. The new hues include Cobalt, Lava, Graphite, Forest, Plum, Pacific, Mango, Kiwi, Tangelo, Citron and Mint. The new colors complement old favorites like Black, White and Classic Stainless.

Boston Beer Begins National Distribution of Rebel Grapefruit IPA

Boston Beer Begins National Distribution of Rebel Grapefruit IPA

Hoping to capitalize on a slew of successful fruit-forward IPA introductions, Boston Beer Company this week began nationwide distribution of Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA. Brewed with real grapefruit and grapefruit peel, the latest Rebel line extension has a “tart, sharp character,” according to the company. In an effort to “round out bitterness from the peel” and add “sweet juiciness,” Boston Beer also adds grapefruit juice before filtering the beer.

Fremont Brewing Enters Idaho, Plans to Double Production in 2016

Fremont Brewing Enters Idaho, Plans to Double Production in 2016

Like so many other small U.S. producers, Seattle’s Fremont Brewing is at a crossroads. On the verge of opening a second brewing facility that will eventually enable the company to produce upwards of 250,000 barrels, and flush with interest from distributors around the U.S., brewery founder Matt Lincecum has two options: step on the gas pedal and expand distribution nationwide, or grow in a more controlled fashion, methodically building out distribution into contiguous markets.