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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

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New uses for tea, emergency relief and freedom-centered workplace awards. None of these sound like they belong in the Growler Fill but I promise, all of these stories involve craft beer. If you keep reading, I’ll tell you all about them and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

Can a Simple Tea Bag Turn Coors Light into Something Worth Drinking?

Photo Credit: Washington Post
Photo Credit: Washington Post

Capital Teas has just invented possibly one of the greatest inventions of our generation: Tea Lager Beer Enhancers. Peter Martino, the chief executive of Capital Teas, realized he could make crappy beer 10x better with a little help from his products. He tested his enhancers’ in various tall boys of fizzy-yellow-water beer and the results were fantastic and flavorful. Not only did the tea give the beer a kick of awesomeness, it also added a bit of caffeine to assist in all-night beer drinking. Of course, there are caffeine free options as well. If you want to try the tea lager beer enhancers for yourself,  you can pick them up at one of the Capital Teas stores or order some online. [Read the full article]

Anheuser-Busch Halts Beer Production to Provide Water for Texas, Oklahoma Storm Victims

Photo Credit: NBC News
Photo Credit: NBC News

For once, we have some great news about Anheuser Busch! As you may have heard, there has been some crazy flooding in Texas and Oklahoma which has led to a lack of clean drinking water. In order to provide emergency relief, AB halted beer production at its Georgia facility to package 50,000 cans of drinking water. The Georgia brewery does this sort of thing a few times a year to supply water cans to the American Red Cross. Over 2,000 cases will be doled out over this week to the families in need. [Read the full article]

Good People Brewing Co. turns 7 on July 4th

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The oldest craft brewery in Alabama is a month away from turning 7 years old and they happen to share their birthday with the good ol’ US of A. On July 4th, Good People Brewing will be hosting a birthday bash and backyard BBQ from 1pm to midnight. At the bash, you can check out Community Hall, Good People’s newly renovated taproom and gathering space, and a fantastic view of the fireworks. Happy birthday Good People Brewing! [Read their story]

WorldBlu Certifies New Belgium Brewing as a ‘Freedom-Centered Workplace’

WorldBlu Freedom Centered Workplace

WorldBlu, a company specializing in freedom-centered, democratic organizational design and leadership, has named New Belgium Brewing to its ninth annual WorldBlu List of Most Freedom-Centered Workplaces™. The 2015 list, which is published every year on “Freedom at Work Day”, certified 26 organizations around the world. Employees of the nominated companies were required to take a survey to assess the transparency, dialogue and listening, integrity and accountability of their respective businesses. New Belgium was one of 26 companies to receive this honor. If you’ve ever visited New Belgium’s brewery or learned about their business practices in other ways, you know that this recognition is much deserved. Congratulations New Belgium! [Here’s the full list]

Tracking Down Craft Beer Whales

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When I first started drinking craft beer, I had no idea that some beers were (almost) impossible to find. I would text my friend Xavier pictures of various brews I wanted to cook with for and ask if he had them at the liquor store. He would just reply, “Go to Florida,” or some other curt comment. Thanks Xavier… Now that I’m a bit older and wiser, I’ve learned some techniques on how to get my hands on ‘whales’. Chris Morris of also had a similar experience. In this article, he documents his journey and provides some tips on how to catch trophy beers. It is a good read for anyone who appreciates the rare finds. [Read the full article]

Win Your Dad a Trip to Oktoberfest – in Germany!

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Our friends over at are hosting a contest to send you and your dad to Oktoberfest. If you win, you’ll be spending 7 days in Munich, Salzburg, and Stuttgart with backstage VIP passes for Oktoberfest. All you have to do is enter your email. May the odds be ever in your favor! [Enter the contest]

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