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Willow Rock Brewing Company Releases Congress Lager

Congress beer, last brewed in Syracuse 56 years ago, returned to Central New York, as Willow Rock Brewing Company released an updated version of the historic lager at a special ceremony at the Syracuse Marriott Downtown on August 15, 2018. Willow Rock developed the updated version of Congress in a collaboration with the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA), who secured a copy of the original recipe when the Congress plant closed in 1962.

Bear Republic Brewing Launches Thru the Haze IPA

Bear Republic Brewing Co. launches Thru the Haze India Pale Ale, a hazy IPA built in the style of Bear Republic ales without hop-centric bitterness. Crafted from a half-decade of research, Thru the Haze retains the aromatics of Vic Secret, Citra and Hallertau Blanc hops in a balanced flavor profile. Popularized on the East Coast, this IPA style has been lovingly brought to life in the newest Bear Republic recipe.

Drake’s Brewing Co. Releases Brightside Extra Brut IPA in 6-Packs

After months of test batches and experimental releases, Drake’s Brewing Co. is excited to announce the special release of Brightside Extra Brut IPA in six-packs. Drake’s has played a pioneering role in the development of the new Brut IPA style since it emerged at the beginning of 2018 in San Francisco.

Brew Talks Next Gen 2018: State of Craft in Texas, Increasing Competition and More (Video)

Brew Talks Next Gen 2018: State of Craft in Texas, Increasing Competition and More (Video)

A majority of the beer brewed in Texas isn’t classified as “craft,” as smaller in-state producers only account for about 2 percent of the roughly 20 million barrels produced in the Lone Star State. Speaking to a crowd of beer industry professionals during last week’s Brew Talks meetup in Austin, Texas, Bob Leggett, owner of Artisanal Imports and the Uncle Billy’s and Pedernales beer brands, highlighted the difference in market share between locally produced beer and more mainstream offerings.

Gambrinus to Release 2 New Shiner Beers

Today, Spoetzl Brewery, Texas’ oldest craft brewery and brewer of Shiner, announces the addition of two new year-round beers. The new fixtures, Shiner Wicked Juicy IPA andShiner Day Quencher Session Ale, will hit shelves in Texas this month and slated for a national debut in September.

Constellation Brands Restructuring, Lays Off Dozens of Craft Sales Reps

Constellation Brands Restructuring, Lays Off Dozens of Craft Sales Reps

On the same day that it announced a $4 billion investment into Canada’s Canopy Growth Corporation, Constellation Brands also laid off dozens of employees tasked with selling the company’s craft and specialty beers throughout the U.S. Constellation — whose craft portfolio includes Ballast Point in California, Funky Buddha in Florida and Four Corners Brewery in Texas as well as Mexican import brands Corona, Modelo and Pacifico — terminated around 60 of its 100 or so craft and specialty reps, a source familiar with the situation told Brewbound.

Former Energy VP Launches Hard Cider Import Company

Thirty years ago, Veronique Eichler’s career in the energy industry meant she was often the only woman in the room. Her new venture, as the exclusive importer of Shield Cider, gives her the opportunity to shatter yet another glass ceiling – the one atop the heavily male-dominated wine and spirits industry.

Wild Leap Brew Co. Releases Alpha Abstraction Volume 2

Just last week, the vivid and juicy Alpha Abstraction Volume 2 hit the shelves across Georgia. Double dry-hopped with Galaxy and Citra hops, Volume 2’s psychedelic can design matches the beer’s groovy and vibrant taste.

Constellation Brands Spends $4 Billion to Raise Stake in Canopy Growth Corporation

Constellation Brands Spends $4 Billion to Raise Stake in Canopy Growth Corporation

Constellation Brands is taking a second hit of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED). Less than a year after spending $191 million to acquire a 9.9 percent stake in the Canadian cannabis company, the Corona and Modelo maker today announced it would invest approximately $4 billion to acquire 104.5 million shares of Canopy, raising its stake to about 38 percent.