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Dogfish Head among the first breweries to adopt “Indie” seal

Delaware based Dogfish Head will be among the first breweries in the U.S. to adopt the “Independent Craft” seal on their packaging.

Today, the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group operating in the interests of small and independent craft breweries, announced a licensed “seal” designating a brewer’s independent status. If a brewery meets the BA’s definition of craft, they can obtain a free license to place on their packaged products.

Among the first will be Dogfish Head. The brewery’s founder Sam Calagione made a statement on the company’s website today, applauding the Brewers Association’s efforts.

Today, I’m happy to announce that as a proud, independent brewery ourselves, Dogfish Head is joining the Brewer’s Association in this effort. I am hopeful there will be thousands of other craft breweries from across the country that will join us in this effort to make it easy for consumers to know which beers are brewed by an independent craft brewer. We think this is important because the identity and integrity of the craft brewing community have come under attack in recent months and years as certain global brewing conglomerates attempt to influence and blur the lines between their brands and those that continue to deliver innovation, imagination and community investment here in America. – Sam Calagione

The seal is a response to decreased transparency in ownership by some of America’s breweries, brought on by brewery acquisitions by major companies like Anheuser-Busch.

Expect Dogfish Head’s packaging to reflect the new seal in the coming months.

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Chicago’s Moxee Barbecue and Mad Mouse Brewery to close

This might be a blip on the radar for some. Chicago’s Moxee Barbecue and Mad Mouse Brewery will close at the end of the month.

June 30th will end a 3-year stint at 724 W. Maxwell St.

While the location will close by the end of the month, the beer will live on; brewed at Moxee’s sister location, Prairie Moon in Evanston. The owners also operate Wheatberry Tavern in Buchanan, Michigan.

The full Facebook post can be found below.

After three years of smokin’ and brewin’ on Maxwell Street, Moxee Barbecue and Mad Mouse Brewery is closing on June 30.

Mad Mouse beer is going to continue to be brewed and available at our Evanston restaurant, Prairie Moon.

There are so many fantastic people we’ve met in the past three years and we truly thank you for your support and business. We will miss seeing you. To our regulars (you know who you are), many of whom would come more than once per day, we simply can’t thank you enough for making us a part of your lives. Your friendship has made our time on Maxwell Street very special.

From the time we opened we have had had an amazing staff. Dedicated, thoughtful, and caring people who we are very fortunate to know. Thank you!

You can come see us at our other two restaurants, Wheatberry Tavern in Buchanan, Michigan, and Prairie Moon in Evanston. We also have other irons in the fire so you can expect to hear some updates in the coming months.

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The Funk Collective stands instead of Wicked’s Invitational

Shortly after Wicked Weed Brewing’s sale to Anheuser-Busch, a number of breweries immediately backed out of their Funkatorium Invitational.

Not long after, Beer Street Journal got wind of a “counter festival” with the ex-pats from the Invitational to rise in place. Ultimately- the brewers that were previously involved in the festival still wanted to have a funk-ing good wild and sour ale party this summer. Just not with Wicked Weed and and their new ABI friends.

Here are the details we’ve been sitting on. The new festival is called “The Funk Collective” and will take place at Birds Fly South in Greenville, South Carolina with Revelry Brewing and city based badasses, The Community Tap.  Full details are found below.

All profits will still benefit the Eblen-Kimmel Charity of Asheville.

See you there.

Full Details:

The Funk Collective: A Gathering of Independent Breweries

July 8, 2017

Hosted by Birds Fly South Ale Project, Greenville, SC. Sponsored by Revelry Brewing Co., The Community Tap, and Birds Fly South Ale Project

25+ Breweries from around the country (list will be released on Thursday, 5/25)

All breweries invited have a dedication to the art of making funky & sour beer

Tickets on sale Friday, 5/26. Special VIP experience will be available for limited ticket holders, more info TBD

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This Wicked Weed/Anheuser Busch acquisition has a lot of beer fans across the U.S. feeling pretty hurt. The social media comments have been pretty brutal. Responses from breweries that have collaborated with Wicked Weed in the past, just as harsh.

Today, previous employee and Asheville resident that goes by the name Jed S. Holmes, published an open letter to the brewery on the domain

In the letter, he recalls the four solid years he put in at the Asheville brewery, the increasing corporate feel of the brewery, and a bit of the hypocrisy he sees in the sale.

In 2013 I sat in beer class put on by Wicked Weed that taught me about the inevitable decline of microbreweries purchased by macro-beer. YOU taught me this lesson and you know exactly where your brand is headed.

It is very interesting how many people have to “go on record” that they aren’t happy with the acquisition. Perhaps this is just another step to healing.

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Bear Republic Brewing distributes to Indiana

Bear Republic Brewing distributes to Indiana

Bear Republic Brewing, based in Cloverdale, California, has announced added distribution to Indiana through Craftroads Beverage. On top of international distribution, Indiana will be the 21st state to find your favorite brews from Bear Republic.

Bear Republic Brewing doesn’t come up short on quality offerings, some year rounders include Racer 5 IPA, Hop Shovel, Pace Car Racer, and Grand-Am. Throughout the years, Bear Republic offerings have won 23 medals from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) with the top winner being Racer 5 IPA, as well as Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year in 2006.

Jonathan Williman of Bear Republic states:

“We are excited to work with Craftroads Beverage to bring Bear Republic brews to the great state of Indiana, just in time for the Indy 500.”


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Ouch. The Rare Barrel drain pours Wicked Weed

Wicked Weed sells to Anheuser this week and the reactions have been pretty brutal.

Jester King, who were/are friends and past collaborators, basically said “we’re cool” but aren’t working together anymore.

The Rare Barrel, California’s highly desired wild & sour brewery and past collaborator, hasn’t taken the news well either. Today they posted a picture of themselves pouring out their recent collaboration with Wicked Weed, that some weeks ago would have sent beer fans into a self induced tizzy.

Citing core values, The Rare Barrel is pulling out of the second half of their collaboration with Wicked Weed, refusing to serve their beer, and will no longer attend their festivals.

Another big ouch for the newest millionaires on the brewing block.

Full statement from The Rare Barrel below. PIC via The Rare Barrel/Facebook.

This has been an awkward and emotional last 24 hours for us.

Over the years, we’ve become good friends with the Wicked Weed crew. We’ve grown to really respect the people and their beers. We’ve shared many beers together, made a beer together, are in the process of making another beer together, enjoyed events around the country, and hosted Wicked Weed events at our barrel house. We’ve shared some really good times together over the last couple of years.

It’s about values.

Yesterday, Wicked Weed announced that they are selling their brewery to the megabrewery AB InBev (Budweiser, Shock Top). Here at The Rare Barrel, we’ve made a decision not to serve, collaborate with, or affiliate with AB InBev because our values do not align with theirs.

In order to stay true to our values, we’re pulling out of the second part of our collaboration, will not be attending their festivals, and will not be able to serve their beer in our Tasting Room anymore.

While our values diverge and we part ways, we wish the people at Wicked Weed all the best.

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Boulevard Brewing adds Tennessee distribution

Boulevard Brewing adds Tennessee

Kansas City, Missouri based Boulevard Brewing Co. is adding Tennessee distribution this month.

The brewery has signed distribution contracts with four wholesalers – Bounty Bev, Budweiser of Clarksville, Budweiser of Chattanooga, and Cherokee Distributing Company.

Drinkers in The Volunteer State can expect Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Ginger Lemon Radler, Bourbon Barrel Quad and Unfiltered Wheat Beer to hit the state first, followed by seasonal and limited releases.

With the addition of Tennessee, Boulevard beers are available in 39 states and the District of Columbia.