Fremont Brewing Embarks on Multi-Million Dollar Expansion


Fremont Brewing founder Matt Lincecum likens his company’s own creation narrative to the story of Stone Soup. In their version of the story, Lincecum – a thirsty entrepreneur with just $10,000 in the bank – sets out convince a well-known real estate developer to lease space to his startup craft brewery in the middle of a recession.

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Distribution Roundup: Lagunitas Enters Louisiana, Starpoint Expands in North Carolina


After initially announcing it would begin distributing to the market this October, Lagunitas Brewing covertly waltzed into Louisiana earlier this week. According to Eater NOLA, the Avenue Pub sent out an email to its mailing list on Sunday afternoon that read, “Lagunitas will be here Monday. We were asked to keep it quiet.”

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Oskar Blues Expands Nitro, Adds Space in Longmont


Oskar Blues today announced the nationwide release of its latest innovation, a canned version of the company’s Old Chub Nitro. The Longmont, Colo.-based company originally debuted the beer, albeit with a slightly different recipe, at the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference, held this past April in Denver, Colo.

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Doing Business with Two Beers and a Cider

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For Joel VandenBrink, founder of both Seattle Cider Co. and Two Beers Brewery, running two markedly different businesses means developing two markedly different business strategies. Having just invested close to half a million dollars in an expansion that enabled it to triple capacity, Seattle Cider is getting set to open a second facility that will again significantly lift its production ceiling.

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Press Clips: Getting to Know the TTB’s Label Dictator; Brewers Manipulate Water


The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), as brewers well know, is responsible for approving all the beer labels that decorate retailers’ shelves across the country. The sexually charged double entendres, the gargoyles, they all need to be reviewed by the TTB before hitting the market. Or, more specifically, they need to be reviewed by Ken “Battle” Martin.

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Mintel: Sales of Craft Beer Could Eclipse $20 Billion in 2014

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Sales of craft and craft-style beer will likely eclipse $20 billion in 2014, according to a new report from market research firm Mintel. Of the $20.4 billion in craft sales that Mintel has predicted for this year, the firm believes more than 84 percent ($17.2 billion) will come from Brewers Association-defined craft brewers

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SweetWater Debuts New Glass Bottles


Five months after SweetWater Brewing began canning its beer, the Atlanta-based craft brewery is once again augmenting its packaging lineup. Beginning this week, Sweetwater will ship newly designed glass bottles, now embossed with the company’s logo and tagline, to its wholesalers.

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Brew Hub Grand Opening Set for September


It’s been nearly 18 months in the making, but Brew Hub is finally ready to open the doors to its Lakeland, Fla. brewery. The company has installed a 100-barrel brewhouse and is now taking its brewing and fermentation equipment for a test drive, Schoen told Brewbound.

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World of Beer Sued Over Control of Key West Location

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A Florida company claiming to have acquired the majority interest in a World of Beer franchise in Key West has sued the chain’s parent company, alleging it reneged on its initial approval of the deal months after the fact. According to the suit, filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, Alfa Professional HR Services, Inc. bought 60 percent of Craft Culture Key West, LLC, the franchisee of World of Beer’s Key West outpost in January.

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Reminder: Early Registration for Brewbound Session San Diego 2014


Brewbound San Diego ‘14 – a one-day conference focused on the business of craft beer – will be held on December 4th in San Diego at the Paradise Point Resort. You can save $100 by signing up now with the early registration discount.

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Distribution Roundup: Yuengling Expands New England Coverage


Having made inroads in New England earlier this year with launches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, D.G. Yuengling Brewery is taking another step toward filling out its footprint in the region by expanding distribution to Connecticut. According to The Courant, the Pottsville, Pa.-based brewery’s beers will be available at bars and restaurants in the Constitution State on September 22 with packaged offerings to follow shortly thereafter on October 6.

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Kirkland Brewery Fights Opposition

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Concerns over public safety could block the tap lines Chainline Brewing is trying to open up in Kirkland, Wash. Worried citizens fear the new brewery slated to open in a shared commerce complex would pose a threat to public safety and lead to the overcrowding of an already busy parking lot.

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