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Brewers Association Defines “Quality Beer”

Brewers Association Defines “Quality Beer”

Last year, Gatza urged Craft Brewers Conference attendees to pay closer attention to the quality of their finished products, pleading with them by saying, “don’t f*ck it up!” Following his rallying cry, the discussion of “quality beer” was had at various industry events and atop thousands of bartstools. Now the BA, via its “Quality Subcommittee,” has introduced an official definition:

Left Hand Expands in New England

Left Hand Expands in New England

Left Hand Brewing today announced it has expanded its presence in New England with the L. Knife & Son Companies group of “Craft Beer Guild” distributors, entering five new states. Building upon a pre-existing relationship with an L. Knife group that currently sells the brand via its “Craft Brewers Guild of Boston” outfit in Massachusetts,offerings from the Colorado-based craft brewery will roll out Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire in the coming days.

2SP Brewing Breaks Ground in Pennsylvania

Bob Barrar, one of the most decorated and celebrated brewers in the country, has announced that he is building a new brewery in his native Delaware County (Delco) with the gents from Two Stones Pub. Barrar, known for his sincerity and modesty as well as his 19 Great American Beer Festival and 10 World Beer Cup medals while with Iron Hill Brewery in Media, says he is both “excited and nervous to start this new chapter. It’s exciting to have my own brewery, but will the people like it? I sure hope so!”

Betting on Michigan: Short’s Up 51 Percent in 2014

Betting on Michigan: Short’s Up 51 Percent in 2014

Despite selling all of its beer within Michigan’s borders, Short’s Brewing grew production 51 percent in 2014, with three of its core products generating much of the surge through the company’s distribution channels. The brewery out of Bellaire closed out the year selling 34,443 barrels, it announced this week, up from 22,866 the year prior. According to one report from MLive.com, the growth was good enough to solidify the company’s spot as the state’s third largest brewery, past New Holland and behind Bell’s and Founders.

Upslope Brewing Company Enters Montana

Upslope Brewing Company continues their out-of-state distribution footprint with the addition of Montana. Upslope will be distributed across the Gallatin Valley of Montana by Bronken’s Distributing of Bozeman beginning the first week of February.

TTB: Understating Alcohol Content Biggest Labeling Issue

TTB: Understating Alcohol Content Biggest Labeling Issue

If the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB) latest compliance survey is any gauge, about 22 percent of all malt-based beverages have an inaccurate alcohol content posted on their labels. As part of its annual random survey to discern how accurately manufacturers label their products, the TTB found the most common noncompliance issue among malt beverage producers involved understating the ABV of their products.

Distribution Roundup: Kraftig Grows at Home; Braxton Signs First Wholesaler

Distribution Roundup: Kraftig Grows at Home; Braxton Signs First Wholesaler

William K. Busch Brewing has announced plans to expand sales of Kräftig throughout Rolla and Springfield, Missouri this February, according to the St. Louis Dispatch. The company has inked deals with Premium Beverage Sales of Springfield and Grellner Sales and Service of Rola for coverage in each respective market, according to the article. “This expansion will result in our beers being sold in every major market other than Kansas City and Hannibal,” founder Billy Busch told the website. “It’s another step toward growing Kräftig into a national brand.”

San Francisco Brewers Guild Releases New Collaboration Beer

Members of the San Francisco Brewers Guild have united once again to create a unique beer for SF Beer Week 2015, which runs from February 6 – 15, 2015. This year’s collaboration beer was made at Fort Point Beer Company, and it’s called Swept by Fire (6.2% ABV). It will make its debut at the SF Beer Week “Opening Gala” on February 6 (“Opening Gala” is now sold out), and then be released at select bars and restaurants throughout the Bay Area.

USDA: Changes in Malt Barley Use Require New Forecasting Methods

USDA: Changes in Malt Barley Use Require New Forecasting Methods

The United States Department of Agriculture has issued a special report detailing differences between craft and non-craft beer products and their impact on malt barley production. After analyzing average barley usage rates of U.S. craft breweries and examining growth trends across a range of industries, the USDA said it believes traditional forecasting methods have not provided the most precise estimates of domestic barley needs.