The Craft Beer Week in Review: July 13 – 17, 2015

New California Law Allows Craft Brewers to Give Free Samples at Farmers Markets

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law this week what small California brewers have been advocating for quite some time now. When the new law goes into effect in 2016, breweries will be able to host an "instructional tasting event on the subject of beer at a certified farmers' market" and pass out free samples of their brews. Read More

High Gravity Beers Are Soaring in Popularity According to Report

New research from Mintel has found that almost one in four (23%) beers launched globally in 2014 and 25% in 2013 had an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 6.5% or higher, up from just one in seven (15%) beers launched in 2012. North America saw the most beer launches with an ABV higher than 6.5%, with 46% of launches happening in this region, closely followed by Europe which hosted 40% of launches.  Read More

Ohio has an ABV cap limiting growth Read About It

Craft Beer Master Brands, Duvel and Firestone Walker, Are Combining US Operations

California's Firestone Walker and Flemmish brewery, Duvel Moortgat, are making long-term plans to combine forces for US production and distribution of their craft portfolios. Duvel Moortgat USA president said that the two breweries will not integrate their organizations, and Firestone will remain independent and make its own beers. The companies signed an agreement earlier this week and the transaction is expected to close later this year. Read More

VinePair Has Launched New Interactive Map: The State Of American Craft Beer – 2015


The website VinePair has launched an interactive map that details the craft beer statistics of each state in America as you hover over it. Stats include: Breweries per capita, barrels brewed, number of craft breweries and barrel growth over the past 3 years. The charts are based on 2014 data. Interactive Map

PBR Is Returning To Milwaukee, Plans To Get Craftier With Beer Offerings


Pabst, which is owned by Blue Ribbon Intermediate Holdings and headquartered in Los Angeles, will open a new microbrewery and tasting room in its original complex in Milwaukee. Although several media outlets - including Fortune, to whom this intro is linked - are labeling what PBR plans to do as making craft beer, that feat is quite impossible because PBR is a macro beer producer. Read More

 

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