CBC 2014: How Brewers Can Affect Legislative Change

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In late January, New Belgium created an entirely new position at its headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado: Governmental Affairs Representative. Assuming the role, which began as a way to help the brewery navigate the legislative labyrinths that dictate how alcohol is regulated in its home state of Colorado, was Andrew Lemley, who said at the time that his main goal was to ensure that “brewers’ voices are being heard” by lawmakers and regulators.

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Top Craft Brewery Sales Executives Join May 29 Brewbound Session in Boston

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When you’re a maturing craft brewery with a growing reputation for producing quality beer, getting on tap at the local craft beer tavern is the easy part. But keeping that tap handle, while simultaneously building off-premise sales in supermarkets, convenience stores and chain accounts requires thoughtful planning and strategic execution with wholesaler partners.

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Dogfish Head Returns to Tennessee

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Dogfish Head today announced it will make its return to Tennessee, beginning with a soft rollout in Memphis and Chattanooga before expanding distribution statewide in the coming months. The Milton, Del.-based brewery has signed distribution agreements with Carter Distributing in Chattanooga and Budweiser of Memphis.

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North American Breweries Names New CEO

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Sirchio will lead the company’s brewery operations, alehouses, as well as its sales and marketing efforts, NAB’s parent company Florida Ice & Farm Co (FIFCO) said in a statement. He succeeds Rich Lozyniak, who stepped down from the position at the end of March after announcing his plans to depart from the company in January. Lozyniak, the company said at the time, played a pivotal role in turning around a once struggling Genesee brand during his tenure.

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CBC 2014: Brewers & Wholesalers on Fostering Relationships

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Brewers and distributors joined panel discussions at this week’s Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, Colo. to explain strategies for successfully nurturing a fruitful relationship within the three-tier system. At the small and independent distributor panel, conducted by representatives from wholesalers in North Carolina, California, and Illinois, the emphasis was placed heavily on the need for distributors to keep their books “cool” and maintain a unique portfolio.

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The First 100 Days: Boulevard Brewing Founder Discusses Post-Acquisition Changes

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It’s been exactly 100 days since Duvel Moortgat, the Belgian owners of Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y., officially closed on its acquisition of Kansas City, Mo.-based Boulevard Brewing. So what’s changed? Not much on the ground, but a lot in the mind, Boulevard founder John McDonald told Brewbound during a recent conversation at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, Colo.

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CBC 2014: Papazian, Gatza Urge Brewers to Improve

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Representatives from the Brewers Association (BA), alongside Colorado governor John Hickenlooper and other notable brewing industry professionals, addressed a standing room only crowd of brewers and distributors during this morning’s Craft Brewers Conference general session in Denver, Colo.

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Two Roads Brewing Signs with Massachusetts Beverage Alliance

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Massachusetts Beverage Alliance (MBA) today announced it will distribute the fast-growing Two Roads Brewing brand throughout the Bay State. The news comes on the heels after MBA secured the distribution rights to the country’s first Trappist brewery – the Spencer, Mas.-based Saint Joseph’s Abbey — and San Diego’s Coronado Brewing.

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Craft Brew Alliance Invests in Training Programs for Employees

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Craft Brew Alliance — makers of the Widmer Brothers, Redhook, Kona Brewing, Omission Beer and Square Mile Cider brands — today announced plans to make a “significant investment”  into new training programs and educational requirements for its employees.

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Deschutes Brewery Expands Distribution to Pittsburgh

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Deschutes Brewery yesterday announced it will expand distribution to Pittsburgh, Penn. with Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. Beginning April 21, Deschutes will initially bring Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA, and its summer seasonal, Twilight Summer Ale. The beers will be available in 12 oz. bottles and draft.

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Crest Acquires Distribution Rights to Hess Brewing

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The Reyes Holdings owned Crest Beverage Company has purchased the distribution rights to Mike Hess Brewing from L. Knife & Son’s Craft Beer Distributing of California for an undisclosed amount. The four-year old San Diego, Calif.-based brewery opened its 30-barrel production facility just 9 months ago, but Crest expects “phenomenal growth” for the company said Steve Sourapas, the president of Crest.

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Ninkasi Now Operational In Second Brewery

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Brewery celebrated the culmination of three years of planning and construction when it brewed its first batch of beer in its new facility in Eugene, Ore. last week. The new brewery – and 90-barrel brewing system therein – initially adds 70,000 barrels to the company’s current capacity with room to grow ultimately to 250,000 barrels annually. The company’s current maximum annual capacity is 90,000 barrels.

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