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Breaking Down America’s Top 50 Largest Breweries By Volume in 2019

April 1, 2020 |

Every year the Brewers Association releases their list of the top 50 breweries by volume based on overall craft beer sales for the previous year.

We took a quick look at last year’s list to compare the growth of some of our favorite … Read More

4 Chicago Routes for Brewery Curbside Pick-Up

March 30, 2020 | 2

As we continue to adapt to the changes that are occurring seemingly everyday, curbside pick-up from your local brewery is the new normal.

Chicagoans are lucky to have so many local breweries to choose from but like the city itself, they’re spread out. So we created four routes to help you visit as many breweries as possible that’re doing curbside pick-up.

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*UPDATED* Denver Breweries to Remain Open for Beer Delivery and To-Go Sales

March 23, 2020 |

It’s been a roller coaster of a day for the City of Denver beginning with a press conference from Mayor Michael Hancock at 2 pm, where he announced the shut down of non-essential businesses throughout the city in response to … Read More

Colorado Governor Temporarily Allows Alcohol Delivery from Restaurants, Bars, Breweries

March 21, 2020 |

While each state continues to react in real-time to the ever-evolving landscape as a result of COVID-19, many states have begun loosening legislation to allow restaurants, bars, night clubs, wineries, and even breweries the ability to deliver beer to customers … Read More

Yuengling’s Spring Scholarship Empowers Next Wave of Female Brewers

March 19, 2020 |

Now more than ever, the craft beer industry needs good news  One bright light in this period of uncertainty comes from America’s oldest brewery, D.G. Yuengling & Son, which recently celebrated International Women’s Day with the announcement of the Yuengling Women in Brewing Scholarship Program for spring 2020. The goal of the scholarship, a collaborative effort between Yuengling and the Pink Boots Society, is to advance the careers of female brewers in the U.S through educational opportunities. The scholarship also reflects Yuengling’s unique place in today’s brewing industry: Led by Jennifer Yuengling, vice president of operations and 6th generation family member, the D.G. Yuengling & Son of today is comprised of the brewery’s first generation of all-female leadership. 

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COVID-19 Closures | Ways to Support Your Local Colorado Breweries During the 30* Day Closures

March 18, 2020 | 8

As new developments arise and things are changing as it seems almost by the hour during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be tough to keep up with which breweries are still open; in what format they are open in, if they have certain limitations (depending on the state that you’re in), and so on. The underlying factor remains the same: everyone is affected in one way or another by the growing pandemic, but we all love the craft beer community and want to find ways to continue to support one another.

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Supporting Local Breweries in the Midst of COVID-19 Mandated Closures

March 17, 2020 |

What a time it is right now. The Brewers Association announced last Thursday they’ll be cancelling CBC 2020 and that was followed shortly by the Colorado Brewers Guild announcing the suspension of this year’s Collaboration Fest. The craft beer community has been diligent about updating procedures and staying on top of these changes that need to be implemented. Although it’s unclear the full impact of how COVID-19 will be affecting breweries, they’ve responded by continuing to announce temporary closures, event cancellations, or sharing their processes to help protect their employees and patrons. With the recent announcements from California, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minneapolis, Pennsylvania, and now all of Colorado asking for bar closures, which includes breweries and taprooms, we want to share ways you can continue to support your local breweries with these changes, while still being mindful of public health safety.

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List of Colorado Breweries That Have Closed Taprooms or Switched to To-Go Only

March 16, 2020 |

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the global market, Colorado craft breweries, like many small businesses have had to make difficult decisions while awaiting more drastic measures set fort by the local government. Earlier today, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock … Read More

How Breweries, Beer Festivals, & the Craft Beer Community have Responded to COVID-19

March 13, 2020 |

As businesses across the country are taking extra precautions because of the COVID-19 virus, breweries are putting in new procedures and canceling events altogether in order to keep the public safe and prevent unnecessary risks.

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BREAKING | Brewers Association Cancels 2020 Craft Brewers Conference

March 12, 2020 |

As the fallout from COVID-19 continues to impact the world in a variety of different ways, high profile events ranging from the NCAA Tournament, NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS seasons, to arena concerts and SXSW, have all begun canceling or … Read More

BREAKING | Colorado Brewers Guild Suspends 2020 Collaboration Fest

March 12, 2020 |

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to take its toll on major events around the country, the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) has announced that Denver’s 2020 Collaboration Fest will be suspended indefinitely. The decision follows the lead of several other high … Read More

Athletic Brewing Announces Major Expansion, Closes Series B Funding Round

March 10, 2020 |

Non-alcoholic craft beer is starting to have its moment, and perhaps no brewery encompasses this moment more than Athletic Brewing Company, who today announced a massive expansion with the purchase of a large production brewing facility in San Diego, California.

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Surly Darkness Day Goes on Hiatus

February 28, 2020 |

It was a dark day for Darkness Day. Yesterday afternoon, Surly Brewing Co. announced the brewery’s highly anticipated annual celebration of Surly Darkness is going on hiatus.

Surly discussed via email and social media why they’re pushing pause on Darkness Day, letting fans know the hiatus is a direct response to the current situation surrounding some of Minnesota’s craft beer laws.

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Liberati Restaurant Announces It Will Be Closing March 1

February 28, 2020 |

From the on-set Liberati Restaurant & Brewery has been an ambitious undertaking. As Denver’s first brewery focused on oenobeer wine/beer hybrids, founder Alex Liberati was already bringing something completely new to the Denver beer scene. But in addition to pushing … Read More

Event Recap | 2020 Uppers and Downers

February 26, 2020 |

Probably one of the smallest venues for a beer festival out there, the intimacy of Thalia Hall creates part of the charm of Uppers and Downers, one of the top festivals showcasing the versatility of coffee. Moving to a Sunday for the first time since the inaugural event, the day change didn’t impact the crowd size as once again beer and coffee lovers alike packed the Pilsen music venue for two sessions of coffee beers, cocktails, and more.

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Beer News | Untappd Acquires BeerAdvocate, KBS Goes Year-Round & More

February 24, 2020 |

Every so often, when beer news abounds, we’ll get you caught up on some of the country’s biggest stories in beer. Today just happened to be one of those days where a whole lot happened, so without further ado, let’s … Read More

Imperial Oak Brewing Buys Brixie’s | Second Brewpub Coming Soon

February 11, 2020 |

Suburban Chicago’s Imperial Oak Brewing will celebrate its 6th anniversary this May, and that will be the last one as a single-location brewery. Imperial Oak will open a second location about ten miles north of its current taproom this summer; the brewery purchased Brixie’s Craft Beer Bar, a family-run bar that first opened in 1934.

Imperial Oak (Willow Springs) joins several other of Chicago’s west- and south-suburban breweries that opened in a roughly fifteen-month stretch from late 2013 though early 2015 in expanding, and in the process have grow into name-brands. Imperial Oak, Hailstorm, Pollyanna, Noon Whistle, and Werk Force have all expanded their original spaces, and some are now adding second and third locations.

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Sierra Nevada Continues Partnership with Bitburger Brewery

February 10, 2020 |

Collaborations are commonplace across the craft beer industry, but collaborations that bring together breweries from across oceans are special. Back in 2015, Sierra Nevada started its popular annual tradition of collaborating with a German brewery on a traditional Festbier made available across the U.S. The 2019 Festbier came as part of a collaboration with the historic, family-run Bitburger Brewery. Now, the two are back at again with a new collaboration set to release in March: Triple Hop’d Lager. 

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Costa Rica & Panama Join Forces to Host Indie Beer Cup

February 6, 2020 |

The fourth edition of the Indie Beer Cup will be held in Central America in the beautiful Costa Rica and vibrant Panamá City. This particular competition stands out amongst various events because it’s designed exclusively for independent brewers on an international scope.

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Event Preview | 2020 Uppers & Downers

February 6, 2020 |

What started out as a beer festival for coffee beers has evolved into a full-blown celebration of coffee and all the unique ways it can be used in a wide variety of liquids.

After yet another successful event last year, Good Beer Hunting’s Uppers and Downers returns to Thalia Hall on February 23 with two sessions bringing together some of the most iconic coffee roasters, breweries, and distilleries under one roof. 

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