Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup
The theme for this week is expansion. Oskar Blues announces a new location, Guinness makes something other than a stout, and the conquest of AB InBev continues. These are just a few of the must-know craft beer stories of the week. Read on to get all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
Colorado brewery Oskar Blues announced last week that they will open an Austin, Texas brewery and taproom by April of 2016. This comes as no surprise as the brewery has been continuously expanding over the past year. Back in March 2015, Oskar Blues announced that they were taking over Michigan’s Perrin Brewing. No further details of the new taproom have been released at this time, but we will keep you updated as the story unfolds. [Read full article]
Starting October 2015, Ninkasi Brewing will begin distributing its goods to D.C., Maryland and Virginia in partnership with wholesaler Sheehan Family Companies. This move could be considered continued East Coast expansion since Ninkasi began distributing to New York earlier this month. The increased distribution to the new areas will be facilitated by two Sheehan Family Companies distributors: Legends Ltd. Distributing (D.C. and Maryland) and Specialty Beverage of Virginia (Virginia). [Read full article]
Guinness has long been the favorite stout of really old men and college students visiting Ireland. Now, they are venturing into the world of sweet, delicious hops. Guinness’s latest invention is a Nitro IPA featuring Admiral, Celeia, Topaz, Challenger, and Cascade hops. The new beer is part of The Brewer’s Project, a small group of Guinness brewers on a mission to explore and invent new Guinness beers. Guinness Nitro IPA will be available in a six pack of 11.2 oz. cans, with a suggested retail price of $8.99 and is expected to hit shelves this month. [Read full article]
It seems like I have a new AB InBev acquisition story almost every week in the Growler. The latest takeover is of Golden Road Brewing based out of LA and the largest craft brewery in the city. Unlike my other stories, this one has a twist: Golden Road called AB to strike the deal. The co-founder and President of Golden Road, Meg Gill, realized on a plane ride that AB was beginning to distribute IPAs and move towards more flavorful and robust brews. This revelation caused her to call up AB reps and have them come visit her brewery – after which they immediately struck up a deal. Golden Road’s plans for expansion will still continue with three new locations to open by the end of 2016. As for the staff at Golden Road, the brewers are expected to stay at their positions at the LA brewhouse. Meg and AB InBev have released statements about how this partnership is intended to provide resources to grow and innovate and that we should still expect great beer from Golden Road. [Read full article]
The ever growing Bell’s came up with a solution to dealing with the construction and busy schedule in their bottling hall: canning. To ensure a swift release of Hopslam this year, Bell’s has announced that it will only be released in cans and kegs for 2016. This marks Bells’ 6th beer to be put in cans; the others include Two Hearted Ale, Oberon Ale, Best Brown Ale, Winter White Ale and Smitten Golden Rye. For those of your lucky enough to be in Bells’ distribution footprint, expect to see Hopslam cans on shelves in early January 2016. [Read full article]