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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The Ins and Outs of ESOPs

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When Harpoon Brewery announced that it would transfer 48 percent of the company’s shares into an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), many of our readers reached out with questions about how these transactions function. An ESOP is an innovative liquidity tool that provides flexibility for shareholders, tax advantages for business owners and an opportunity for employees to grow retirement assets through company ownership.

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Following LeBron James, SweetWater Taps Distribution in Ohio

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LeBron James isn’t the only one taking his talents to Ohio. On the same day that the star basketball player announced his return to the team that drafted him, Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing Co. unveiled its plans to launch new distribution in Ohio later this summer.

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Big Boss Expands Distribution to South Carolina

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Big Boss, which launched in Raleigh, N.C. in 2006, has tapped the services of B&B Distributors, KW Associates, Bud of Columbia, and Southern Eagle for coverage in Rock Gill, Greenville, Columbia and Charleston respectively.

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Brewers Association: U.S. Brewery Count Eclipses 3,000

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There are now more than 3,000 breweries in the U.S., according to Bart Watson, the Brewers Association’s (BA) staff economist. Through the end of June, the BA counted 3,040 breweries, which marks the first time the U.S. has crossed the 3,000-brewery threshold since the 1870s. Watson, who announced the statistics on the trade group’s blog yesterday, said the sustained rise in the number of U.S. breweries represents a “return to the localization of beer production.” 

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Harpoon’s ESOP Gives 48 Percent of Company to Employees

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Effective Aug. 1, Boston’s Harpoon Brewery will be minority owned by its employees. The company today announced that it has transferred 48 percent of the company’s shares into an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) after purchasing those shares back from six of its eight existing shareholders.

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L’chaim! Shmaltz Grows Production 42 Percent in Clifton Park

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One year after ditching a contract brewing business model for a shiny new brewing facility in Upstate New York, Shmaltz Brewing has grown its business nearly 50 percent. The company, which produces and markets a line of craft beers with tongue-in-cheek Jewish themes, had been producing its beers under contract for 17 years when it decided to open its own brewery last July.

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Press Clips: California Brewers Grow In and Out of State

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The Music City is getting a new craft brewery. Well, not exactly brand new: TailGate Beer was founded in San Diego, Calif. in 2007 and had been producing its beer under contract at Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe, Wis. However, TailGate is currently in the process of relocating and plans to open its own production facility in Nashville, Tenn.

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