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Ranger Creek Brewing and Freetail Brewing to Collaborate

Two San Antonio breweries have joined forces to release three special beers in celebration of San Antonio’s 300th anniversary. Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling and Freetail Brewing Company, two breweries that have been leaders in San Antonio’s craft beer movement, will each release a beer this year leading up to the 2018 Tricentennial celebration. They will then come together to brew a special collaboration beer to be released during the Tricentennial.

Worthy Brewing Launches Stratasphere IPA

Worthy Brewing has launched Stratasphere IPA, a fruity India Pale Ale, which utilizes the new hop Strata, in kegs for distribution across four states, as well as in Worthy’s pub. Strata, formerly known as X-331, has been an ongoing collaboration between Indie Hops and Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Strata is an open-pollinated Perle that expresses many of the oils associated with mango, oranges, and other fruits and herbs.

Firestone Walker to Release Bravo Imperial Brown Ale in Smaller Format

For the first time since its brewing inception more than a dozen years ago, Firestone Walker’s “Bravo” imperial brown ale is finally finding its way into the bottle, with a limited release set for early February across all Firestone Walker markets. Along the way, Bravo ($9.99) launches the transition of all Firestone Walker Vintage Reserve barrel-aged beers from 22-ounce bombers to individually boxed 12-ounce bottles in 2017, to include longtime stalwarts such as Parabola and the annual Anniversary Ale.

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Refreshes Look of Cans, Debuts Dadgum IPA in April

As Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. shifts its focus from bottles to cans, the craft brewery is also rolling out a new look for its year-round beers and some seasonal offerings. This year, Rahr’s Blonde, Texas Red and Ugly Pug, as well as Iron Thistle, Summertime Wheat, Oktoberfest, Winter Warmer and a new beer, Dadgum IPA, will get a brand new look and be available in cans – many for the first time.

Destihl Brewery to Expand Distribution in Florida

DESTIHL Brewery, of Bloomington, Illinois, officially announced today that it will expand distribution of its beers in Florida beginning January 23. “Building the new production brewery is enabling us to move forward again with our expansion into new, exciting markets like Florida”, said DESTIHL’s Founder, Brewmaster and CEO, Matt Potts.

Bear Republic Café Racer 15 Released in Six-Packs

Racing back to shelves this week, Bear Republic’s seasonal release, Café Racer 15 will be returning in style. Marking the official launch of the Double IPA Series, Café Racer 15 makes its arrival for the first time in six-packs.

Massachusetts Beer Wholesalers Propose Franchise Law Reform

Massachusetts Beer Wholesalers Propose Franchise Law Reform

Massachusetts beer wholesalers are going on the offensive. After several years of fighting small craft brewers’ efforts to change state franchise laws, the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts today filed a bill that would enable beer companies making less than 30,000 barrels annually to sever relationships with wholesalers for no cause.

Anheuser-Busch Announces Line Up For Super Bowl 51

Anheuser-Busch has officially announced its return as the exclusive category advertiser for the 2017 Super Bowl, marking its 28th consecutive year in the big game. The national brewer will feature four of its brands, bringing back last year’s advertisers Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA, and Super Bowl newcomer – Busch.

Frothy Market: Startup Breweries Raise Millions via Crowdfunding

Frothy Market: Startup Breweries Raise Millions via Crowdfunding

Small businesses can now raise a maximum of $1 million annually from non-accredited investors through Securities and Exchange Commission-approved third-party crowdfunding portals such as WeFunder. Two breweries have already maxed out their campaigns.

Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale Becomes Nation’s Best-Selling Craft Can Six-Pack

Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale Becomes Nation’s Best-Selling Craft Can Six-Pack

Craft canned beer pioneers Oskar Blues Brewery led the aluminum revolution in 2002, so it’s no surprise that the Colorado-based brewery’s flagship release, Dale’s Pale Ale, finished 2016 as the nation’s top-selling craft can six-pack at U.S. supermarkets, according to market research firm IRI Worldwide.