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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

copper kettle le chapeau

Last week in the craft brewniverse: Coors is going to focus more on it’s craft brands, Copper Kettle is releasing Le Chapeau for the second year in a row, and the Brewers Association put out a list with the Top 50 breweries in the country. Crack open a cold one while you get yourself up to date with this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

New Molson Coors CEO has his eye on craft-beer boom

Mark Hunter, Molson Coors

Recently appointed CEO of Molson Coors, Mark Hunter, has big plans for the craft beer sector of the company. Not only will the company work on building up the craft breweries in their portfolio, there is also talks of craft acquisitions. As of right now, there are no details about a deal with any brewery in particular. The current craft brewers under the Coors umbrella include – so we can most likely expect to see more from them in the days ahead.

The Final Four: Craft Beer Edition

Although we’ve moved onto the NCAA Finals, we can still write about the final four when it has to do with craft beer. For those of you enjoying the playoffs from the couch, there is a kickass craft beer from every state. Fortune compiled a list of ‘must drink’ beers that represented each team in the Final Four. Who knows…maybe if you’re drinking the right brew, it’ll bring good luck to your team. Apparently our founder, Tristan, didn’t get that memo (sorry Wildcats!)

Wisconsin Badgers: New Glarus’ Wisconsin Belgian Red & Central Waters’ Mudpuppy Porter

Kentucky Wildcats: Against the Grain’s Rico Sauvin & Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

Michigan State Spartans: Founder’s All Day IPA & Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza

Duke Blue Devils: NoDa Hop Drop ‘N Roll & Natty Greene’s Southern Pale Ale

Brewers Association Lists Top Breweries 

Last week the Brewers Association announced their list of the Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies. This list was not arbitrary but rather was based off of 2014 beer sales by volume. In the end, D. G. Yuengling and Son beat out Boston Beer Company for the top spot. The BA also released a Top 50 Breweries list that was not limited to craft brewers. The Association’s full 2014 industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the May/June issue of The New Brewer, available in May 2015.

Rank

Brewing Company

City

State

1

D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc

Pottsville

PA

2

Boston Beer Co

Boston

MA

3

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Chico

CA

4

New Belgium Brewing Co

Fort Collins

CO

5

Gambrinus

Shiner

TX

6

Lagunitas Brewing Co

Petaluma

CA

7

Bell’s Brewery, Inc

Galesburg

MI

8

Deschutes Brewery

Bend

OR

9

Stone Brewing Co

Escondido

CA

10

Minhas Craft Brewery

Monroe

WI

11

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn

NY

12

Duvel Moortgat USA

Kansas City & Cooperstown

MO/NY

13

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton

DE

14

Matt Brewing Co

Utica

NY

15

Harpoon Brewery

Boston

MA

16

Firestone Walker Brewing Co

Paso Robles

CA

17

Founders Brewing Co

Grand Rapids

MI

18

SweetWater Brewing Co

Atlanta

GA

19

New Glarus Brewing Co

New Glarus

WI

20

Alaskan Brewing Co

Juneau

AK

21

Abita Brewing Co

Abita Springs

LA

22

Anchor Brewing Co

San Francisco

CA

23

Great Lakes Brewing Co

Cleveland

OH

24

Oskar Blues Brewery

Longmont

CO

25

Shipyard Brewing Co

Portland

ME

26

Stevens Point Brewery Co

Stevens Point

WI

27

August Schell Brewing Co

New Ulm

MN

28

Summit Brewing Co

Saint Paul

MN

29

Victory Brewing Co

Downingtown

PA

30

Long Trail Brewing Co

Bridgewater Corners

VT

31

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

San Diego

CA

32

Rogue Ales Brewery & Headquarters

Newport

OR

33

Full Sail Brewing Co

Hood River

OR

34

Odell Brewing Co

Fort Collins

CO

35

Southern Tier Brewing Co

Lakewood

NY

36

Ninkasi Brewing Co

Eugene

OR

37

Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick

MD

38

Uinta Brewing Co

Salt Lake City

UT

39

Bear Republic Brewing Co

Cloverdale

CA

40

Left Hand Brewing Company

Longmont

CO

41

21st Amendment Brewery Cafe

San Francisco

CA

42

Allagash Brewing Co

Portland

ME

43

Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Eureka

CA

44

Troegs Brewing Co

Hershey

PA

45

Karl Strauss Brewing Co

San Diego

CA

46

Saint Arnold Brewing Co

Houston

TX

47

Narragansett Brewing Co

Providence

RI

48

Green Flash Brewing Co

San Diego

CA

49

Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc

Chattanooga & Louisville

TN/CO

50

Breckenridge Brewery

Denver

CO

 

Beer Release: Copper Kettle Brewing Company – Le Chapeau

copper kettle le chapeau
Photo Credit: Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Copper Kettle Brewing Company is pleased to announce the second annual year of the limited release barrel aged bottle, “Le Chapeau” on Friday, April 10th, 2015. “Le Chapeau”, a French style saison aged in lightly toasted red wine barrels, as part of their barrel aged series. This second release of “Le Chapeau” is higher in ABV at 8.4% and aged in Merlot and Petit Syrah barrels. “Le Chapeau” will be released in 22oz. bombers in the tasting room and also on draught as well.

Barrels and Bottles Makes an Easter Beer with Peeps

Barrels and Bottles, a brewery based in Golden, CO, has made the perfect beer for all of the Peep lovers of the world. Kim Collins, the head brewer, accented an ESB with the sugar coated baby chicks. See the video below, or visit the brewery, for all of the details.

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