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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

The AB InBev/SABMiller deal is approved by shareholders, salons in California can sell craft beer, and the Deftones design their own IPA. From business to law to music, craft beer touches all sectors of the market. Don’t miss out on the latest craft beer news; keep reading to catch all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.


AB InBev-SAB Miller Deal Approved by Shareholders

Photo Credit: Bloomberg News
Photo Credit: Bloomberg News

The final roadblock in the AB InBev-SABMiller merger has finally been removed. Shareholders from both companies voted to approve the merger last week. The deal will finalize in just seven days, on October 10th. When complete, the merger will create the world’s largest beer firm – owning about a third of the world’s beer supply. [Read full article]

New California Law Allows Salons/Barbershops to Serve Beer and Wine

Getting your haircut in California just became a lot more fun. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law last week allowing salons and barbershops to provide complimentary glasses of wine or beer to their customers. So even if you get a bad haircut, the glass of beer might make it a little less noticeable. Salons and barbershops will not be required to hold a special license to serve alcoholic beverages, as it is limited to 12oz. [Read full article]

Irish Food Safety and HSE Investigations Target ‘Craft Beers’

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Irish regulatory agencies, Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and Health Service Executive (HSE), are investigating craft beers in Ireland. While the reason is not 100% confirmed, the investigation has begun a week after Heineken admitted to mislabeling beer as craft beer throughout Ireland. So, while we can’t be certain, we’ll let you make the assumptions. Additionally, Irish craft beer advocacy group, Beer Ireland, is hoping to help consumers make educated choices and avoid mislabelling mishaps by including the Beer Ireland logo on all craft beer. [Read full article]

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Alabama’s ABC Drops Proposal to Collect More Personal Info from Brewery Customers

Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
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Remember when we told you that the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control board was attempting to go Big Brother on all of our asses? Well, they have been stopped (somewhat). The ABC announced last week that they will no longer pursue a proposal to collect the phone numbers and birthdays of customers who buy beer to-go from breweries. However, the ABC still requires that breweries record the name and address of customers that take beer home. The reasoning behind this madness is that consumers in Alabama can only purchase 288oz of beer per day from breweries. Brewers in the state hope to get this regulation removed. [Read full article]

Deftones Get Their Own Beer

Photo Credit: Belching Beaver Facebook Page

Legendary rock band, the Deftones, are breaking into the craft beer business. Through a partnership with Belching Beaver Brewery, the Deftones have created Phantom Bride IPA, inspired by the track ‘Phantom Bride’ off of their latest album. Like all West Coast IPA’s, Phantom Bridge is dripping in hops. To be exact, this IPA is dripping in Mosaic, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra hops. These ain’t no regular hops, though. These hops are extra special because they were all handpicked by Deftones lead singer and guitarist, Chino Moreno. Phantom Bride IPA debuts today, October 3rd. Unfortunately for craft beer-loving Deftones fans across the country, this beer will only be available in a few states: Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, California, and Nevada. [Read full article]

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