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O’Fallon Brewery and Fitz’s Bottling Company introduce Fitz’s Hard Root Beer

O’Fallon Brewery, one of the largest and first craft breweries in the St. Louis area, has collaborated with Fitz’s Bottling Company to create Fitz’s Hard Root Beer. Fitz’s Hard Root Beer is brewed and bottled at O’Fallon’s new 40,000 square-foot Maryland Heights, Missouri, brewery. The beer is brewed with malted barley, caramel malt, hops and yeast. During the final stage of brewing, a special blend of Fitz’s Root Beer made with all-natural pure cane sugar, sassafras roots, vanilla, and a spice blend is added to capture Fitz’s distinct and creamy flavor.

Widmer Brothers Releases Hefe Shandy

Widmer Brothers Brewing has released its summer seasonal beer, Hefe Shandy, a tribute to the ritual of adding a lemon to the rim of the brewery’s flagship beer, Hefeweizen (Hefe). Hefe Shandy returns after a successful inaugural year where it became a top 10 craft beer in the state of Oregon last summer according to Nielsen sales data.

Quri: Major Suppliers Face Out of Stock Issues Ahead of Memorial Day

Quri: Major Suppliers Face Out of Stock Issues Ahead of Memorial Day

One the verge of an important Memorial Day weekend for beer sales, a number of the country’s top-selling brands aren’t on shelves at two of the country’s largest retailers. According to new information from Quri, a San Francisco-based retail intelligence company providing insight into merchandising conditions at major U.S. retailers, many of the country’s largest brands are out of stock at Walmart and Target.

NBWA: US Beer Distributors Commence Important Summer Selling Season

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, America’s more than 3,000 independent beer distributors are helping retailers stock up for the start of the summer beer selling season by delivering an unprecedented variety of beer brands.

Odell Brewing Introduces Sour Apricot Ale

Odell Brewing will release its most recent Cellar Series beer, Zard-Alu, a Sour Apricot Ale. Native of the Persian territory, apricots are commonly referred to as Zard-Alu. Apricots shine bright, while peach and pear-like flavors mingle in the background, as Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus create the tie that binds all the components. The end result is a complex ale that is playfully sour, light and refreshing.

Payette Brewing Introduces New Blood Orange Rustler IPA

Payette Brewing Company, Idaho’s largest brewery, announces a new brand to the year-round packaging portfolio, Blood Orange Rustler IPA. This citrus and spice twist on their No. 1 selling beer is a refreshing combination of hops and blood orange smoothness that will start hitting the shelves in six-packs June 1, 2016 and will be available year-round!

Craft Beer Sales Slow Midway Through 2016

Craft Beer Sales Slow Midway Through 2016

Sales of craft beer are officially slowing, according to new data from market research firm IRI Worldwide, but a closer look shows an important distinction: the biggest brewers and their craft brands are the ones facing the slowdown. While category-wide beer volume sales remain flat across IRI’s measured multi-outlet and convenience channels (MULC — which comprise grocery, drug, club, dollar, mass-merchandiser, Walmart and military stores), up just 0.7 percent through May 15, growth in the craft beer category, which was growing double-digits at this time last year, has slowed considerably.

Schlafly Introduces New American IPA for Memorial Day

It’s in the name and inherently in every step of the brewing process: Schlafly Beer launches the third brew of its seasonal rotating IPA series with American IPA made with U.S.-grown hops, available starting Memorial Day, May 30.

Pacific Coast Cider Enters Chicago Area Via Louis Glunz Beer

Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., Chicago’s premier craft and specialty import beer distributor, announces the addition of Pacific Coast Cider to its catalog. From the Lodi, CA-based Cider Brothers, Pacific Coast Cider offers an array of dry, refreshing handcrafted hard ciders. Through Glunz, Pacific Coast Cider is currently available throughout Chicago.

North Coast Brewing Announces B Corporation Certification

A pioneer in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company is blazing new trails once again with a recent shareholder vote confirming its status as a Benefit Corporation. This new corporate structure, coupled with their B Corp Certification, recognizes that the company’s commitment to great beer is matched by its commitment to philanthropy, community, and environmental stewardship.

Hop Growers of America Expands Supplier Identification System Nationwide

While the US Hop Industry has utilized grower identification numbers for half a century in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, now demand for this has emerged in new hop growing regions. Grower numbers have been assigned for over 50 years in the Pacific Northwest, home to 98% of the US Hop Crop. As a standard practice, each bale is labeled not only with the grower number, but also the year, lot # (a specific field it came from), and the variety.

Constantia Flexibles Sells Folding Carton Business in Mexico

Constantia Flexibles Group has agreed to sell its non-core folding carton activities in Mexico, Aluprint Plegadizos, to Mexican company Grupo Gondi for an undisclosed amount. The transaction requires anti-trust approval from the Mexican authorities and is expected to be completed in the coming months.

The Bruery Expands Distribution to Kentucky with Heidelberg Distributing

The Bruery & Bruery Terreux are set to launch statewide distribution in Kentucky starting June 8 through Heidelberg Kentucky. This will be the first time their portfolio of experimental and barrel-aged beers will be available in the state. Kentucky is the 28th state to be added to the company’s national distribution footprint.

Upland Brewing to Release Petal to the Kettle Sour Ale

Upland Brewing Co. announced today that they will release Petal to the Kettle in early June on draught throughout their distribution area as part of the Side Trail Series. It will be on tap at Upland pubs and tap rooms starting Friday, June 10th.