Founders Brewing Co. will expand distribution to Maryland starting in late May, 2016. The brewery has signed a deal with Legends-Limited Distribution.
“Our arrival in Maryland has been a long time coming,” said Co-Founder and CEO Mike Stevens, “We have a great fan base in Maryland and they have been very vocal about wanting to see our beer on local shelves. The Founders team is beyond happy we can finally make that happen.”
Founders year-round bottles, cans and kegs will hit the state first, in Baltimore, Howard, Frederick, Carroll, Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties.The rest of the state will see distribution later in 2016.
Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26.
Redd’s Apple Ale launched a few years ago, and was met with instant popularity. It was that success that prompted Miller Coors to extend the brand to lineup to include Green Apple Ale, and Strawberry Ale.
Redd’s Blueberry Ale is hitting shelves now, a blend of apple and blueberry flavors.
This flavor offers ripe blueberry tones, ending with the signature crisp apple character fans know and love.
Redd’s Blueberry Ale is a 12 ounce bottle, and 16 ounce can offering, seasonally.
Note: The Redd’s line is NOT gluten-free. The drink is a beer base. This article was corrected to reflect the seasonality of this release, not year-round as previously mentioned.
SB211 aka “Growler Bill” passed the Alabama state senate yesterday, by a vote of 23 to 4. If Governor Bentley signs the bill, it would go into effect on June 1st, 2016.
This bill will allow patrons of the states’s breweries to purchase up to 288 ounces of beer in a growler, per person, per day, from the brewery’s tap rooms.
Additionally, the bill removes a stipulation that brewpubs could only open in counties that were wet prior to Prohibition.
For more on the battle for modern beer laws, follow Free The Hops.
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Oskar Blues Brewery is expanding distribution to North Dakota, South Dakota, and Oklahoma over the next few months.
North Dakota and South Dakota will receive Oskar Blues lineup through Johnson Brothers (based in ND, SD, and IA). Expect the first shipments in early March. Launch brands include Pinner, Old Chub, Momma’s Little Yella Pils, and Oskar Blues IPA.
Oklahoma Beer Imports will handle the state of Oklahoma. This is an interesting situation per OB: Since the state operates as a 4-Tier state, OBI will sell to all Class B wholesalers and will represent the Oskar Blues brands throughout the entire state.
In addition to the core brands, Beerito, a 4% ABV beer, will be available throughout Oklahoma. Target launch is first week of April.
With these state editions, Oskar Blues will be distributed in 49 states, plus Washington D.C.
That leaves just Montana, hopefully later this year.
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are the decisive winners of Super Bowl 50. In a world of commercials, Anheuser-Busch was one of the most notable in the beer sector, taking another shot at small breweries.
The commercial wasn’t the talk the next day. It was Peyton Manning’s comments after winning SB50. The winner quarterback admitted (twice) he will be drinking a lot of Budweiser that night.
Anheuser-Busch went on record this week, stating that Manning was not paid for that endorsement.
The Brewers Association has dropped a care package to Manning this week. Featuring the following craft brews:
- Black Bavarian (German-style Schwarzbier) | Sprecher Brewing Co. | Glendale, WI
- Apricot Blonde (Blonde Ale) | Dry Dock Brewing Co. | Aurora, CO
- Craft Lager (American Lager) | Upslope Brewing Co. | Boulder, CO
- Colorado Kolsch (German-style Kolsch) | Steamworks Brewing Co. | Durango, CO
- Racer 5 IPA (India Pale Ale) | Bear Republic Brewing Co. | Healdsburg, CA
- Samuel Adams Boston Lager (Vienna-style Lager) | Boston Beer Co. | Boston, MA
- Mojo IPA (India Pale Ale) | Boulder Beer Co. | Boulder, CO
- Sawtooth Ale Nitro (Extra Special Bitter) | Left Hand Brewing Co. | Longmont, CO
- Session Cream Summer Ale (Cream Ale) | Full Sail Brewing Co. | Hood River, OR
- Graham Cracker Porter (American Porter) | Denver Beer Co. | Denver, CO
Whether or not he will drink them? That remains to be seen.
Wicked Weed Lunatic Blonde hits the market this week, a Belgian-style blonde ale.
The Belgian-styles that have come out of the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery have started with Wicked Weed Lunatic Blonde. Visitors to the original brewpub have seen this beer open fermenting behind the glass in the basement brewhouse. Now the the recipe the brewery has been perfecting will get year-round bottle treatment.
“When we first talked about crafting Belgian beers for our portfolio, open fermentation was really important to us,” explains Walt Dickinson, owner and Head Blender, “We wanted to craft beers that felt like the Old World, but with a New World perspective. Lunatic Blonde has become the base that we build everything else off of because it’s the most straightforward beer and there’s nothing to hide behind. It’s all about yeast character and fermentation.”
Wicked Weed Lunatic Blonde is now available in 11.2 ounce bottles, and draft.
Style: Belgian-style Blonde Ale
Availability: 11.2oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: Late-January, 2016
New Belgium, a 100% employee-owned company, may be up for sale, according to Reuters.
Seem too crazy to happen? Probably. Reuters recently reported Atlanta, Georgia based SweetWater Brewing Company was prepping to go public, but months later, there still isn’t even a whiff of an initial public offering.
Advisory firm Lazard Middle Market is apparently advising New Belgium on on the sale, which could be worth more than $1 billion dollars.
Beer Street Journal have reached out to New Belgium and Lazard, with no responses.
The brewery was 41% owned by employees, with CEO Kim Jordan owning the controlling share, until January, 2013 when they transitioned to 100% employee ownership. At the time, Jordan was quoted as saying:
We have an opportunity to write the next chapter of this incredible story and we’re really excited about that,” said New Belgium CEO and co-founder, Kim Jordan. “We have always had a high involvement ownership culture and this allows us to take that to the next logical level. It will provide an elegant succession framework that keeps the executive team intact ensuring our vision stays true going forward.”
A New Belgium sale seems highly unlikely, but easier than you might think.Despite the fact they are 100% employee owned, in most cases of this type a majority vote would be the only thing needed to approve a sale.
The brewery has always been proud of its ownership. A company sale would strike at New Belgium’s core values.
Then again, few people saw the Goose Island purchase coming years ago.
That changed everything.