Grumbling for Growler Reform

Do you own too many growlers?  I certainly do.  With an increasing number of craft breweries offering small-batch brews only packaged in the re-sealable glass, it’s an easy predicament to fall into.  The source of the problem is that Massachusetts law limits a brewery to filling only glass that displays its own name.  Massachusetts craft…

Pay-to-Play Allegations Hit Craft Brewing Business

On April 29, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission issued a hearing notice to Craft Beer Guild, LLC, one of that state’s most prominent distributors of craft beer, in connection with the pay-to-play investigation launched last October.  “Pay-to-play” is a term coined to describe the illegal activities undertaken by craft breweries, their distributors or their…

Capitol Brew Duel

The Budweiser commercial, “Brewed The Hard Way,” aired during the 2015 Super Bowl. The commercial implied that craft brewers do not take their job as seriously as the global manufacturers. Budweiser’s implication did not go over so well, and it is reported that the advertisement was pulled after only a couple of days after its original airing.…

American Craft Beer Week is May 11-17, 2015!

“Cheers to the Sweet Land of Li-beer-ty!” Happy American Craft Beer Week to you and your frosty beverage loving compatriots. Since 2006, all 50 states have celebrated its small and independent craft breweries with exclusive tours, special releases, food an beer pairings, and tap takeovers. How will you celebrate? Check out this list of events…

E-I-E-I-Dough?

A recent article in Fortune Magazine “Tapped In: Craft beer — A farmer’s salvation?” raises some interesting points about the continually-expanding craft beer movement.  With more and more brewers needing more and more ingredients to craft more and more beer, sourcing of those ingredients is becoming a hot industry topic and creating an opportunity for farmers. …