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Former BrewDog Employees Issue Letter Calling for Change

June 11, 2021 |

Harassment, sexism, and discrimination are not new to the beer industry, or any industry. Reports have swirled amongst employees and peers for years with little to no action, but 2021 was the year the dam finally broke.

This year, the beer industry has seen a massive influx of accusations and reports of discrimination, harassment, and even assault as a result of Brienna Allan’s recent Instagram movement. These stories shared on social media pages like Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit, have sent shock waves through the beer industry. And while many of these cases have lead to massive overhauls in personnel, resignations, and overall policy, several more stories of abhorrent behavior continue to emerge including at some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing breweries.

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Central Waters Brewing to Open Milwaukee Location in Former Pabst Facility

June 10, 2021 |

Milwaukee’s beer scene will soon have a new brewery, but a familiar face, as Central Waters Brewing has announced that they’ll be taking over the former Pabst location to house their second brewery.

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The PorchCast Ep 80 | Lady Justice Brewing

June 9, 2021 |

In episode 80 of the PorchCast, Tristan, Korey and Bryant welcomed Betsy Lay and Alison Wisneski of Lady Justice Brewing to reflect the outpouring of stories of misogyny, sexism, harassment and assault that have emerged from Brienne Allan’s Instagram stories.

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Hidden Hand Brewing | Moving Low DIPA

June 3, 2021 |

Who doesn’t love a good puzzle? Not the boxed variety, with multiple pieces that we are all too familiar with recently. Instead, one involving riddles, obscure references and ever-evolving hints. Typically, new breweries want to be discovered, pairing opening weekends with long lines, endless tags on Instagram and sold out items. For Hidden Hand Brewing, however, the allure is driven by the secrecy, coded messages and small batch offerings. It’s more than a new beer offering. It’s a masterly crafted limited release highlighting the top hop variants in the industry. The beer is as hard to get your hands on as it is to decipher the riddles—unless you’re paying attention. 

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4 Hands Brewing & Veteran’s Community Project Launch Collaboration to Support Vets

May 28, 2021 | 1

The rivalry between Missouri’s two biggest cities, Kansas City and St. Louis, is well-known and long-standing. From the Royals and the Cardinals to toasted ravioli and barbecue, ask any resident which city is the best, and you’ll be met with an impassioned and detailed defense of their hometown. You’re either a Kansas City person or a St. Louis person — never both. 

However, the rivalry is all in good fun — with the exception of the 1985 World Series — and while fierce, it’s not uncommon for the two cities to unite for a greater cause. Whether Team St. Louis or Team Kansas City, residents have a few things in common: they love beer, they love their city and they love their home state. 

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Belching Beaver Brewery Expands Distribution to Colorado

May 27, 2021 |

In another sign of the beer world returning to normalcy, Belching Beaver Brewery announced today that they would begin expanding distribution to Colorado through Crooked Stave Artisans. The Centennial State has long been a popular destination for acclaimed national brands look to test their reach and popularity due to Colorado’s rabid beer fanbase and now the San Diego-based brewery joins the likes of Bells, Surly, Jack’s Abby, Brooklyn Brewery, and many others who have recently entered the crowded beer market.

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Revolution Brewing Doubles Down on Chicago Heritage with Expanded Malort Partnership

May 25, 2021 |

Chicago’s largest independent brewer, Revolution Brewing, and its most polarizing liquor brand Jeppson’s Malort (made by local CH Distillery), are again teaming up for some boozy shenanigans this summer. The two Chicago staples first teamed up for an Anti Hero Malort ‘variant’ last spring to save some unused kegs of Revolution’s flagship Anti Hero IPA that weren’t being used due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, they’ve decided to expand their collaboration further. Starting in June, adventurous drinkers in the city can expect four unique limited edition labels of Anti Hero Malort that house the famed wormwood-forward liquor with a bit more barrel-character added this time. Here are the details. 

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This is Craft Beer’s Moment to Address History of Misogyny, Sexual Harassment and Abuse

May 19, 2021 |

If you’ve been around this industry long enough, it’s likely that you’ve eventually heard the phrase “Craft beer is 99% asshole free” (in fact, as many have recently pointed out on Twitter, this edict has not aged well). A foregone … Read More

West Sixth Brewing To Open New Location in Newport, Kentucky

May 7, 2021 |

West Sixth Brewing is set to open a new retail location and taproom in Newport, Kentucky — West Sixth Box Park. West Sixth Brewing opened its main brewery and taproom at 501 W. Sixth St. in Lexington, Kentucky in 2012. Since then, they have opened three more Kentucky locations: West Sixth Greenroom in downtown Lexington (currently closed due to Covid-19), West Sixth NuLu in Louisville and the West Sixth Farm in Frankfort.

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Le Beez Collab Brings Together Gold Medal-Winning Breweries

May 6, 2021 |

Not only did Chicago breweries win the first two gold medals in the Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival, but Alarmist Brewing and Old Irving Brewing are just 10 minutes from one another. Now they’ve teamed up to collab on a Hazy IPA—Le Beez.

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Two Denver Breweries Find Opportunities for Expansion During the Pandemic

April 30, 2021 |

In the face of adversity during the ongoing pandemic, many breweries across the country have had to make difficult decisions on whether to close up shop or weather the storm. Now, as the country begins taking steps toward re-opening, many … Read More

Rethinking Your POS System With Arryved

April 21, 2021 |

This post was sponsored by Arryved.

When it comes to a point-of-sale system, most software companies try to incorporate too many unnecessary features in an attempt to cater to a wide variety of industries and use cases. However, when Arryved was developing their platform, they knew specifically that they were building this out for breweries, leading to the ability to be more innovative and specialized towards the brewing industry. Despite having breweries in mind, Arryved is also fully functional for full-service kitchens, brewpubs and restaurants. The flexibility of Arryved, along with many additional benefits, allows their POS system to stand out in a sea of systems that were not designed for the craft beer world.

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The PorchCast Ep 79 | Firestone Walker Tasting & 90’s + Early 2000’s Beer Bracket

April 19, 2021 |

In episode 79 of the PorchCast we kicked off our 90’s & early 2000’s beer bracket for the ultimate showdown of beers that helped launch craft beer into popularity. For many of us, these beers were gateway beers that helped … Read More

2021 WeldWerks Invitational Announces Return for In-Person Festival

April 19, 2021 |

It’s time to dust off your favorite esoteric brewery t-shirt and find a pair of jeans that still fit: you officially have a beer festival to attend this year.

Since 2018, WeldWerks Brewing has hosted an annual Invitational that quickly … Read More

Goldspot Brewing & Lady Justice Brewing Celebrate Major Milestone

April 15, 2021 |

Representation matters. In an industry where diversity has been under-prioritized for decades, craft beer has finally begun recognizing the importance of creating a more inclusive community. And while having conversations around diversity and inclusion are a great step forward, representation is still the most important path toward true change. 

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Asheville Breweries Bloom with Expansions & Taproom Reopenings

April 14, 2021 |

Asheville brewery expansions and reopening announcements have been in full bloom this spring. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announcing the reopening of their taproom, Hi-Wire Brewing Co. will open a new beer garden and Burial Beer Co. expanding its South Slope footprint. All in all, craft beer fans will have a lot to explore this summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Revolution Brewing Releases Cuvée de Grâce for Second Time

April 12, 2021 |

When Revolution Brewing Cuvée de Grâce was last released in January 2020 there was a line around the brewery, a big release party inside the taproom and just three U.S. airports were beginning to screen for COVID simply as a precaution.

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Texas Craft Brewers Guild Launches Liquid Bake Sale Fundraiser

April 9, 2021 |

Who doesn’t love a bake sale? All manner of excitingly delicious, affectionately prepared offerings to tempt the taste buds, with any guilty feelings of over-indulgence thoroughly negated by the knowledge that one is stuffing one’s face to fundraise for a most-worthy charitable cause. A winning fundraising formula employed by school boards, scout troops and religious institutions across the nation, the bake sale has taken on a new and exciting beery form, courtesy of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild.

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The PorchCast Ep 78 | Odell Brewing COO Brendan McGivney

April 8, 2021 |

Over the past 20 years, Odell Brewing has grown to become one of the country’s top breweries not just by volume but also in respect and quality of beer. In recent years, the Fort Collins-based brewery has organically begun spreading its reach by opening additional outposts in Denver’s River North Art District and earlier this week in Denver’s Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. Now they’re also nearing the launch of a wine project.

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Full List | 150 Breweries Team Up to Celebrate Colorado Pint Day

April 6, 2021 |

This year’s Colorado Pint Day looks set to make a big splash, with a record number of craft breweries participating in 2021. On Wednesday, April 7 breweries will offer limited-edition glassware for sale, with $1 of each pint glass sold going to the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG).

With over 150 breweries involved, beer-lovers should have no problem finding a place—or several— to celebrate. Colorado Pint Day coincides with National Beer Day, giving craft beer drinkers yet another reason to visit a taproom. Read More