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MadTree Sets February Grand Opening for New Brewery and Taproom

MadTree Brewing announced today the date for the Grand Opening of their new state-of-the-art ‘2.0’ brewery, taproom, beer garden, and private event space. Just over a year ago, they began the project to renovate the former Rock Tenn building, an obsolete brownfield manufacturing facility, located at 3301 Madison Road. They will celebrate the opening of the new location at 3301 Madison Road in conjunction with their annual Winter Bonanza anniversary party on Saturday, February 11,2017.

Regional Cideries on the Rise

Regional Cideries on the Rise

As cider offerings from larger producers have hit a dry spell, those from smaller, regional producers are gaining market share as consumers continue seeking out sweeter alcoholic beverages. For proof, look no further than Virginia’s Bold Rock Hard Cider, which has seen year-to-date dollar sales (through Sept. 25) grow more than 100 percent, to nearly $8 million, according to market research firm IRI Worldwide. That ranks Bold Rock as the sixth-largest cidery – the top five sellers are all national brands – by market share, even though the company’s products are distributed in just nine states.

42 North Launches Beer Brewed in Budapest

42 North Brewing Company and Budapest, Hungary craft brewery, Reketye, have teamed up to produce Hibiscus Kiss™, a Belgian Double Wit. The beer was brewed in Budapest in collaboration between 42 North’s assistant brewer, Naz Drebot and Reketye owner and head brewer, Zoltán Reketye-Trifán.

Tallgrass Brewing Company Announces New Releases for 2017

Tallgrass Brewing Company announces its brand release calendar for 2017, which includes new additions to its year-round portfolio, seasonal offerings and Explorer Series lineup of “occasional” specialty beers, plus a a few extra releases that will see limited distribution in its 18-state region. Brands are listed below in order of shipment schedule.

Pabst to Import Mexico’s Cerveza Minerva

Pabst to Import Mexico’s Cerveza Minerva

Pabst Brewing Company today announced an exclusive import agreement with Mexico’s oldest craft brewery, Cerveza Minerva. Specific terms of the transaction — which is set to begin next spring — were not disclosed, but Pabst said it would launch the brand in “a small number of test markets,” and begin building national distribution for Minerva’s beers over the course of 2017.

Oskar Blues Brewery Adds Four More Pinnertrations with Pinner Throwback IPA 16-Packs

Continuing their tradition of packaging innovation Oskar Blues Brewery is adding four more pinnertrations to the existing PINNER Throwback IPA 12-packs. The new 16-can package will launch in the ColoRADo market just in time for the holiday season while national distribution will follow in early 2017.

Apple Watch: Behind the Cider Slowdown

Apple Watch: Behind the Cider Slowdown

There’s a sense of déjà brew when one looks at the trajectory of the cider category: the sweeter stuff has entered a period of weak performance – some even project negative growth – all thanks to the brands on the macro side of the business. It wasn’t always this way. Cider began a steep climb around 2010, when it started posting double-digit volume growth. Sales accelerated for the next few years and increased, on average, nearly 70 percent annually from 2012 to 2014, according to figures provided by the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM). However, the momentum slowed considerably in 2015 when the volume gain was just over 11 percent.

Maui Brewing Co. Hires Kim Brisson-Lutz as New Brewmaster

Maui Brewing Company is proud to announce the return of Kim Brisson-Lutz as its new Brewmaster. Brisson-Lutz’s return is a “coming home” of sorts. She was employed as a Lead Brewer with MBC from January 2008 through Fall 2012.

Shmaltz Brewing and Barcade Collaborate on Pastrami Pils

Shmaltz Brewing Company takes the pairing of craft beer with your favorite foods to the next level with the release of their latest collaboration beer: Pastrami Pils (5.5% ABV). With Chanukah around the corner, what better way to kick off the month of December then with a truly collaborative beer between Shmaltz Brewing and one of the East Coast’s most beloved beer bars Barcade for a never-attempted-before pastrami inspired beer. Pastrami Pils will be available exclusively at Barcade locations with launch events taking place on the following dates: Jersey City, NJ (Dec. 8), Philadelphia, PA (Dec. 10), New Haven, CT (Dec. 15), Brooklyn, NY (Dec. 16), and New York City (Jan. 14, 2017: National Pastrami Day). Pastrami Pils is available on draft only.

NBWA Applauds Reauthorization of STOP Underage Drinking Act

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a broad health care bill which dedicates more than $6 billion to implement key priorities for the Administration and Congress and reauthorizes the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill on November 30 with broad bipartisan support, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

Avery Brewing Releases Barrel-Aged Tangerine Quad

Avery Brewing Company, a Boulder, CO-based craft brewery and maker of White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale is thrilled to announce the addition of its Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tangerine Quadruple Ale that will add to the wildly popular RaspberrySour and Vanilla Bean Stout that currently make up the “Botanicals& Barrels” series. Tangerine Quad is a full-bodied ale that layers notes of rich dark-fruit, vanilla, and caramel with a burst of tangerine peel.

Catawba Brewing Releases Small Batch Milk Stout

Small Batch releases have become a weekly event at Catawba Brewing, but their new Small Batch Milk Stout is no ordinary beer. This traditional English-style sweet stout marks the return to the brewhouse of Co-Owner and former brewer, Billy Pyatt, who had taken off his brewing hat for the past five years to focus on Catawba’s rapidly expanding business.

TRVE Brewing Releases Three New Beers from The Acid Temple

TRVE Brewing Co. is still hard at work at the Acid Temple – their mixed culture production brewery – experimenting with new concepts and blends. They’re happy to announce three new mixed culture beers that will be available in the coming weeks.