Bell's Upper Hand Close to Up And Running
FILED AUGUST 29, 2014 Escanaba-based Upper Hand Brewery, a division of Michigan's Bell's Brewery, should start churning out beer by next month, per report by Crain's Detroit Business. Recall, the Escanaba expansion is part of a larger $15 million estimated capital improvement planned by Bell's [see CBD 04-30-2013 ], and construction of the $2.5 million, 11,550-square-foot facility began last November. "We have staff to get started. We're finally there and everybody's excited," said founder Larry Bell. Read More
2014 Shaping Up to be "One of the Best Ever" Years for Craft
FILED AUGUST 28, 2014 In today's Brewers Association-powered Power Hour talk with IRI beverage alcohol insight chief Dan Wandel, a theme emerged: Craft is not just growing, but "aggressively" gaining share. In fact, Dan went so far as to say that 2014 could be one craft's best years yet. Read More
Alabama to try for Craft Brewer's License
FILED AUGUST 27, 2014 If anything proves how far craft has come over the last few years, or how much small brewers have built their political muscles over as much time, it's Alabama's craft legislation record. Despite the fact that the state underindexes in the segment, it has quite the reputation for passing craft-friendly legislation the last few years. Read More
Forty Nominated for This Year's Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award
FILED AUGUST 26, 2014 In yet another record year for Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award nominees, a whopping 40 distributors from across the nation are listed as potential winners for this year's face off, up from last year's 26 contenders (DeCrescente took home top 2013 honors). Read More
Left Hand Expands, Hires first International Rep in UK
FILED AUGUST 25, 2014 More European moves for American craft brewers: This September, Colorado's Left Hand Brewing Co. will expand supply across the UK with distribution partner James Clay, per company statement. The brewer has also established its first onsite, international brewery representative in Sharona Selby to support the brand there. Read More
Vermont Hard Cider Retools With Big Innovation Plays Upon New Cidery Debut
FILED AUGUST 22, 2014 This weekend, Vermont Hard Cider will open its new state-of-the-art $34 million cidery with their new marquee event, "Ciderbration," featuring musical acts, meet and greets, and tours. The sold-out event will entertain "well north" of 10,000 people, per VP sales Terry Hopper. "If we get 10,000 people here, we'll be like the fourth largest town in Vermont that day [August 23]," he said. Read More
Deschutes to Hit Michigan
FILED AUGUST 21, 2014 Deschutes Brewery announced today its craft beers will be available in Michigan beginning October 6th. The Oregon-based brewery will partner with A-B house West Side Beer Distributing for distribution of its beers in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing areas. Read More
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