Brew & Booze News

Is Craft Beer the New Wine?

MPRNEWS.ORG – Would you pay $10 for a bottle of beer? How about $20? Brewers are thinking that certain drinkers will. The recent advent of ambitious, complex flavors is placing some beer-makers in the same class as wineries. James Norton, founding editor of the Heavy Table, says that craft beer companies are trying to expand into new parts of the …

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Montana Brewers and Distillers Consider Exporting to Japan

GREATFALLSTRIBUNE.COM – Seven Montana brewers and distillers, including Lewis and Clark Brewing and Gulch Distillers in Helena, are considering exporting their products to Japan after attending a trade show in Tokyo in April. While no Montana businesses have exported alcohol to Japan yet, the Montana Department of Commerce said an existing trade relationship and Japan’s growing affinity for craft beer …

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10 Summer Beers for People Who Don’t Like Beer

VINEPAIR.COM – Spring is here and with it those warm breezes that just beg for outdoor sipping. It got me thinking about beers that really blossom in the summer. After the long winter months, nothing gets me as excited as trying some new beers, especially ones that feel like they were designed with summer drinking in mind, so I gathered 10 …

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2016 Oregon Beer Numbers Looking Good

OREGONBUSINESSREPORT.COM — The Oregon Brewers Guild released their annual numbers report for 2016. Overall, Oregon is seeing strong growth in employment and brewing company numbers, while production numbers and sales continue to hold strong and steady. Oregonians are drinking more Oregon beer. Beer consumption increased in 2016, with 23.3 percent of the 3.04 million barrels of all beer (both bottled …

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Finnish Brewery Introduces 1,000-Pack of Beer

FOODANDWINE.COM – Sometimes a six-pack just isn’t enough. Hell, sometimes the 24 beers in a case just aren’t enough. That’s why some genius went ahead and invented the 30-pack. A few years ago, a brewery in Austin, Texas, even decided to joke around and release a 99-pack. But joke’s on them: A brewery in Finland has just blown the 99-pack …

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Redhook Brewery to Close in Woodinville

SEATTLETIMES.COM – Redhook Ale’s Woodinville brewery launched beers such as E.S.B. and Ballard Bitter IPA into national prominence at the dawn of the craft-beer revival, and its capacity to brew 220,000 barrels a year makes it the state’s largest. But the underutilized brewery will be shut down this summer and sold as owner Craft Brew Alliance of Portland refocuses Redhook …

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Seafood-Inspired Beer From England

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM – A brewery in southwest England has given one of its beers a real shellfish twist. The Wild Beer Co used 30 live lobsters ― plus cockles, Kombu seaweed, sea salt, sea herbs, star anise and saffron ― to produce its 7 percent brew, called Of The Sea. Initial reaction to the concept was “mixed,” the company’s co-founder Andrew …

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Oregon Plots Largest Liquor Boost Since the Prohibition

THESPIRITSBUSINESS.COM – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) says it has plans to implement the largest liquor store expansion program since the end of Prohibition, a move praised by the Distilled Spirits Council trade association. In February the OLCC said it had approved three new stores, and had a further three under consideration. In addition, it says it plans to …

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Co-op’s Pilot Program Aims to Recycle Beer Bottles For Refill

KATU.COM – When you recycle your beer bottles in Oregon, they may now go straight back to the brewery. The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative has launched a new pilot program to collect beer bottles, clean them and return them to the brewery for re-use. Right now the only brewery officially on board is Double Mountain. But the OBRC says many …

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Washington’s First Advanced Cicerone

KOMONEWS.COM – The number of breweries in the United States has more than doubled in the last five years, growing from 2,405 to 5,301 in 2016, including 353 breweries in the state of Washington. And the popularity of craft breweries has tapped a new kind of beer connoisseur, called a Cicerone. “The Cicerone is like the beer equivalent of a …

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