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Stone Brewing Hires Maria Stipp as CEO

Stone Brewing Hires Maria Stipp as CEO

Stone Brewing’s 2020 CEO search didn’t take a year to complete. In fact, it took less than a month. The Escondido, California-headquartered craft brewery announced today the hiring of former Lagunitas Brewing CEO Maria Stipp as its next CEO.

Creature Comforts to Open LA Space; Other Half Sets October Opening in D.C.

Creature Comforts to Open LA Space; Other Half Sets October Opening in D.C.

Athens, Georgia-based Creature Comforts Brewing will become a bi-coastal craft beer brand next year with the construction of a taproom and brewery in downtown Los Angeles, the company announced yesterday. The long-awaited opening of Brooklyn-based Other Half Brewing’s taproom and production facility in Washington, D.C., now has an October 2020 opening date, according to a press release today.

Modern Times Furloughs Taproom Staff in LA, San Diego, Encinitas, Santa Barbara

Modern Times Furloughs Taproom Staff in LA, San Diego, Encinitas, Santa Barbara

Modern Times has furloughed employees at five of its seven taprooms, the San Diego-headquartered brewery wrote in an email Thursday night. Three breweries in Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Brewers Collective, the craft division of the world’s largest beer manufacturer, have temporarily closed their taprooms after employees tested positive for COVID-19. Sierra Nevada plans to keep its taprooms, gift shops and brewery tours closed for the foreseeable future.

California Shuts Down Bars in 7 Counties Amid Spikes in COVID-19 Cases

California Shuts Down Bars in 7 Counties Amid Spikes in COVID-19 Cases

Days after Texas and Florida mandated that bars shut down for on-premise consumption, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered an immediate end to on-site sales at bars in seven counties, as well as recommended that eight additional counties take similar action in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Jiant Hard Kombucha Expands Distribution to Northern California

Jiant Hard Kombucha is pleased to announce it has expanded distribution to Northern California with Morris Distributing. Jiant’s full lineup of hard kombuchas will be available in bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout Sonoma, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Lake and Mendocino Counties this month.

Maine Brewpub Owner Defies Executive Order, Loses Licenses

Maine Brewpub Owner Defies Executive Order, Loses Licenses

As states grapple with reopening for business in face of the COVID-19 pandemic, one Maine brewpub owner opted to defy the reopening plan Gov. Janet Mills laid out last week that orders restaurants to remain shut for on-premise dining until June.

COVID-19 Roundup: Germany Cancels 2020 Oktoberfest; California Beer Summit Cancelled; Monday Night Begins Rehiring

COVID-19 Roundup: Germany Cancels 2020 Oktoberfest; California Beer Summit Cancelled; Monday Night Begins Rehiring

German officials today cancelled the country’s famed Oktoberfest celebration due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The California Craft Brewers Association — a nonprofit trade group that represents the interests of the state’s craft brewers — announced today the cancellation of its “Craft Beer Summit,” which was scheduled for September 9-12 in Long Beach.

South Carolina, California Surveys Reveal Vulnerability of Craft Breweries

South Carolina, California Surveys Reveal Vulnerability of Craft Breweries

A pair of recent surveys of craft brewery owners in South Carolina and California have revealed the financial pressures the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 have placed on small beer companies. A survey released by the South Carolina Brewers Guild on April 14 showed that 80% of the state’s breweries may be forced to close within the next three months if the current shutdown of on-premise and at-the-brewery sales remain in place.