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AUSTIN, Texas – The creative spirit of Austin’s East Side meets lip-smacking flavor in the Maker’s Stash series, a new experimental line of limited release ciders from beloved craft cidery Austin Eastciders. The first offering is a Lemon Ginger Cider and is available starting July 9 while supplies last in Austin, Dallas, and New York City.

From brisket cider to cold brew collaborations, Austin Eastciders has a long history of producing experimental riffs on its core traditional-style cider. “Maker’s Stash Lemon Ginger blends bright, acidic lemons with slightly spicy ginger and plays beautifully with our crisp, dry cider,” said Brittany Perlo, R&D Manager, Austin Eastciders. “Flexing our creative muscles with flavor experimentation is one of the best parts of the job.”

Each iteration of the Maker’s Stash series will feature unique can artwork. The inaugural “can”-vas was created by local Austin artist, Lauren Dickens. “When creating the art for Maker’s Stash Lemon Ginger Cider, it was important for me to convey a sense of energy and ‘pow’ since those flavors are really vibrant on the palate,” said Lauren Dickens, Austin-based artist. “Together they create something satisfying and memorable, and my hope is that the art demonstrates that as well.”

“Americans are falling in love with cider all over again and we’re thrilled to be part of that with our sessionable, easy-drinking ciders,” said Johnny Heiselberg, CEO, Austin Eastciders. “Austin Eastciders has grown 88% year to date and is the fastest growing of the top ten craft cideries.”

Austin Eastciders Maker’s Stash Lemon Ginger hits store shelves in Austin, Dallas and New York City on July 9. It’s available in 6-pack cans.

About Austin Eastciders

With the inclusive rallying-cry, “Cider Y’all,” Austin Eastciders produces craft ciders in Austin, Texas, using all-natural ingredients and bittersweet apples to create traditionally inspired ciders. Founded in 2013, Austin Eastciders has six cider varieties, including Austin Eastciders Original Dry Cider, Austin Eastciders Texas Honey, Austin Eastciders Hopped Cider, Austin Eastciders Blood Orange, Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider and Austin Eastciders Ruby Red Grapefruit. Austin Eastciders products are available in retailers like HEB, Kroger, Target and Whole Foods and in bars and restaurants throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, DC, the Carolinas, Nashville, New York and other markets across the Mid-Atlantic. Austin Eastciders is available in 6-pack and 12-pack 12oz cans and draft. In all of their current markets, Austin Eastciders also hosts several “tap takeover” events each month, where fans can sample limited release offerings and special tasting experiences. For the latest on Austin Eastciders, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under @Eastciders or visit austineastciders.com.

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DENVER – Today, the Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP; TSX: TPX) released its annual sustainability report, Our Beer Print Report 2018, detailing the progress toward its ambitious sustainability targets announced in 2017. The report also features an exciting development for the company as it announces its commitment to setting science-based targets.

Science-based targets provide a path forward for companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will meaningfully help keep the global temperature increase below 2°C, compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Molson Coors has developed a 2025 goal to lower absolute carbon emissions by 50% within its own operations and by 20% across its value chain, which has now been submitted for official review by the Science Based Targets Initiative.

“Molson Coors is a company of dedicated people who strive to leave a positive imprint on our environment,” said Mark Hunter. “We take our responsibility as one of the world’s largest brewers seriously and believe we have an important role to play in addressing climate change, which is why we have made it a specific element within our broader sustainability agenda. We are proud to join an elite group of nearly 430 companies in the world to commit to science-based targets. We hope that our action will inspire other companies to make the same bold commitment.”

These newer targets are part of the broader Our Beer Print 2025 goals that Molson Coors set last year. The 2025 goals have been organized into the three pillars that matter most to the company and its stakeholders:

  • Promoting Responsible Consumption
  • Enabling Efficiency from Grain to Glass
  • Supporting People and Communities

The report highlights the significant savings in water and energy. Through the company’s work on water conservation, the brewer is aiming to achieve a target of 2.8 water-to-beer ratio by 2025. This will mean a savings of 2.1 billion gallons of water – equivalent to the total water used each day by nearly 24 million people in the United States; and energy savings of over 630,000,000 kWh – enough energy to run every domestic washing machine in the United States for a year.

The agricultural supply chain, a key part of the company’s impact, makes up the biggest part of its water footprint. With the goal to improve the water-use efficiency of its agricultural supply chain and internal malting operations by 10%, Molson Coors is working closely with growers to reduce overall water use. To that end, the company is launching a program that will offer financial incentives to encourage farmers to incorporate sustainability practices into their operations. In its first year, the program will be offering $2 million in incentives to growers who opt to prioritize sustainability.

The report also outlines the continued success of the Grower Direct program, which covers farmers growing over 70% of the Molson Coors barley supply. This initiative features the unique digital Grower Direct Portal, which has been empowering farmers to collect more precise data of agricultural best-management practices at the field level so that Molson Coors can identify more sustainability trends and opportunities.

Molson Coors has also increased the number of major brewing and manufacturing facilities that have achieved zero waste to landfill to 14. Molson Coors attributes this result to circular thinking at its owned sites and to innovative partnerships, including a new alliance with Tyson Foods that is using spent grain to produce an innovative new line of protein crisps under the ¡Yappah! brand.

For further details on these and other programs, as well as targets and performance indicators, please find the complete Our Beer Print 2018 Report here.

About Molson Coors

Molson Coors has defined brewing greatness for more than two centuries. As one of the largest global brewers, Molson Coors works to deliver extraordinary brands that delight the world’s beer drinkers. From Coors Light, Coors Banquet, Miller Lite, Molson Canadian, Carling, Staropramen and Sharp’s Doom Bar to Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Blue Moon Belgian White, Hop Valley, Creemore Springs and Crispin Cider, Molson Coors offers a beer for every beer lover.

Molson Coors operates through Molson Coors Canada, MillerCoors in the U.S., Molson Coors Europe, and Molson Coors International. The company is not only committed to brewing extraordinary beers, but is also running a business focused on respect for its employees, communities, and drinkers, which means corporate responsibility and accountability right from the start. It has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the past seven years. To learn more about Molson Coors Brewing Company, visit molsoncoors.com, ourbeerprint.com or on Twitter through @MolsonCoors.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the US federal securities laws. Generally, the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “project,” “will” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historic in nature. Forward-looking statements include those relating to Molson Coors’ investments in socioeconomic programs; water management and other environmental efforts; reuse and recycling measures; and sourcing of raw materials. Although Molson Coors believes that the assumptions upon which its forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these assumptions will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Molson Coors’ present projections and expectations are disclosed in Molson Coors’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). These factors include, among others, health of the beer industry and its brands in its markets; economic conditions in its markets; stock market and commodities performance; crop yields; consumer demand; global economic conditions; changes in laws and regulations; development of new technology; costs of resources and raw materials; force majeure events; changes in its supply chain system; availability or increase in the cost of packaging materials; success of its joint ventures; risks relating to operations in developing and emerging markets; the impact of climate change and the availability and quality of water; the ability to attract, hire and retain qualified personnel; future financial and operating performance within and related to the industry; and other risks discussed in its filings with the SEC. All forward-looking statements in this press release are expressly qualified by such cautionary statements and by reference to the underlying assumptions. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Molson Coors does not undertake to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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BLOOMINGTON, IN — Upland Brewing Co. announces renovation details for their Broad Ripple Tasting Room slated to start Monday, July 16th and tentatively looking to reopen to the public on Tuesday, July 24th. The renovation will create an open concept layout, expand draft & carryout beer selections and provide space for more event programming.

The Broad Ripple Tasting Room opened its doors in November 2009 as Upland’s first location outside of Bloomington, Indiana. The tasting room has been known to locals as a charming dog-friendly spot to enjoy a pint alongside friends. The new space will maintain its original charm and dog-friendly nature with a more modern design and feel. The bar will be lengthened and reorientated in order to provide faster service as the draft lines increase from six to ten. Two of the new draft lines will be dedicated to Upland’s growing line of award-winning sour ales. The carryout selection will be expanded to offer the full lineup of Upland beers. The new open concept space will also enable expanded event programming including sour ale tastings and educational events.

“We have decided to reinvest into this space as we see it as a focal point in the neighborhood, an opportunity to share the Upland experience with the Broad Ripple area, and continue our appreciation for all those who have supported us over the course of the last decade in this space,” said Adam Howe, Director of Retail Development.

Customers can continue to look forward to new updates throughout the summer. The second phase of the renovations will be focused on the exterior of the building, including updated storefront glass with a new pick up window for carryout beer. An outdoor seating area will be created on College Ave and a new sign will be installed to improve visibility from the street and reflect the new internal renovations.

Upland is thankful for the longtime support that the Broad Ripple community has shown since 2009 and looks forward to serving its members for years to come. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Upland Brewing Co, and these renovations highlight their commitment to creating a great experience for its customers for the next 20 years and beyond. For more information and renovation updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/UplandBroadRippleTastingRoom

About:

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland Brewing Co. has an intriguing brewing story that dates back to 1998. Our mission is to brew remarkable beers in remarkable ways, staying true to the artisan, progressive spirit found in our part of the Midwest. Upland is currently the third largest brewery in Indiana and brews more than 50 different styles of beer annually.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — SPX FLOW announces the launch of an exciting new range of mix proof hygienic valves. This next generation “D4 Series” is the result of continued development from both APV® and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell® process technologies. Used for the reliable separation of dissimilar products, the D4 Series helps fulfil today’s customer demands for production flexibility, maximized productivity, rapid return on investment, and reduced product and personnel risk across the food and beverage, dairy, personal care and brewing process industries.

According to Chris Sinutko, Global Product Manager- Hygienic Valves, Food & Beverage, SPX FLOW: “The D4 Series offers exceptional performance value and encompasses a wide range of models and “all inclusive” standard features to meet our customer’s different processing needs for cleanability, efficiency, and reliability. Based on over 60 years of experience in valve design and manufacturing, the next generation D4 Series allows extensive cleaning of product contact surfaces and helps to reduce operational cost overheads by minimizing CIP losses.”

Engineered for reliability, all D4 valves are fully balanced for dependable operation against pressure spikes and flow in any direction. The assurance of genuine automated processing is enhanced with the option of a unique, state-of-the-art control unit with integrated seat lift detection and no external sensors. Maintenance is optimized as no compressed air or lifting tools are required for removal and service. These downward-opening valves, for example, facilitate easy handling, and based on our testing of similar valves on the market, weigh on average 40 percent less. Use of the D4 Series further optimizes inventory investment as the same seal kit is used across multiple valve sizes.

The complete D4 range includes the primary, price-competitive D4 model, which meets the basic needs for reliable product separation and seat lift (SL) or non-seat lift (NSL) cleanability, and the DA4 ultra-hygienic model for critical applications requiring enhanced cleanability of all product contact surfaces. For those applications where the current generation DA3+ housing is reliably in place, the DA4 can easily be inserted and provide a very efficient and cost-effective upgrade, future-proofing existing installations with minimal disruption and risk.

The D4 Series is a truly international valve, with models being produced by SPX FLOW in the United States and Europe. By manufacturing in multiple locations equipped with advanced machinery and highly skilled operational teams, the D4 series is positioned to provide a high quality solution with exceptional, market-leading delivery times.

SPX FLOW’s newest manufacturing campus located in Bydgoszcz, Poland has proven its capability to consistently meet or exceed customer expectations. The advanced engineering proficiency at the plant further means SPX FLOW can provide the design and manufacture of complete valve manifolds to the meet specific customer needs.

As with all SPX FLOW solutions, the D4 Series is supported by a comprehensive range of aftermarket services. We have highly-skilled field engineers spread out all over the globe and hold high inventory levels of our commonly used parts in strategically located distribution centres. This sophisticated support network enables our most commonly used components to be delivered in as little as 24 hours to most European locations. SPX FLOW is a global company with facilities, sales and service partners located throughout the world, giving customers peace of mind that they have quick local access to the support they need to keep operations running smoothly.

Overall, the new D4 Series of mix proof valves offers customers exceptional performance, assured reliable processing, excellent cleanability and minimized CIP fluid losses at a highly competitive price point. By using process knowledge and experience of previous valve ranges, the new D4 offers an exciting combination of proven technology and innovative features, supported by a proven network of parts inventory and engineering services globally.

About SPX FLOW, Inc.:

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX FLOW, Inc. (NYSE:FLOW) innovates with customers to help feed and enhance the world by designing, delivering and servicing high-value solutions at the heart of growing and sustaining our diverse communities. The company’s product offering is concentrated in rotating, actuating and hydraulic technologies, as well as turn-key systems, into the food and beverage, industrial and power and energy end markets. SPX FLOW has approximately $2 billion in annual revenues with operations in more than 30 countries and sales in more than 150 countries. To learn more about SPX FLOW, please visit www.spxflow.com.

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As the majority of beer business stakeholders continue to examine what impact recreational cannabis could have on the industry, one alcohol trade association has officially come out in support of legalizing the psychedelic drug.

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), A Washington, D.C. trade group that works to advance the interests of distributors and brokers of wine and spirits, yesterday announced “an official policy position in favor of a state’s right to establish a legal, well-regulated, adult-use cannabis marketplace.”

In doing so, the WSWA became the first beverage alcohol trade association to support ending a federal ban on recreational marijuana in order for individual states to move forward, unencumbered, with their own legalization policies.

“Eight decades ago, Americans acknowledged that the Prohibition of alcohol was a failed policy,” Dawson Hobbs, the WSWA’s acting executive vice president of external affairs, said via a press release. “The state-based system of regulation, adopted after Prohibition, created a U.S. beverage alcohol market that is the safest, most competitive and best regulated in the world.”

Recreational cannabis sales are currently legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., while 29 states have legalized medical marijuana, and the WSWA believes that the industry in North America — which racked up $9.2 billion in total sales last year, according to BDS Analytics, a Colorado-based market research firm that tracks sales in the cannabis industry — is going to continue to expand.

In an email to Brewbound, a spokesperson for the WSWA said that “cannabis is here to stay,” and that continued legalization efforts are inevitable.

That’s why the WSWA is arguing for a state-based regulatory framework similar to the one that exists in the alcohol industry, which it believes would ensure “safe consumption.”

“What I think ending prohibition for cannabis would do — if you enact appropriate regulations at the state level — would allow those states that choose to legalize to have a safe marketplace that serves the consumer, that allows business to operate openly, and allows businesses to operate in a safe manner so that consumers know what they are getting,” Hobbs told Fox Business’ Lisa Kennedy yesterday.

Major alcohol association announces support for states to legalize marijuana - YouTube

In a press release announcing its support of legalized cannabis, the WSWA offered a number of “key components” that regulators should consider when setting policy, including a minimum purchasing age, the establishment of impaired driving standards, tax collection and enforcement and various selling restrictions, among others.

“What we’re talking about is just creating a pathway for states to have federal recognition of legalization, by enacting appropriate regulation that creates a safe and reliable marketplace,” Hobbs told Fox.

Reached for comment, a spokesperson with the Beer Institute, a national trade group representing the interests of large and small brewers as well as industry suppliers, said the organization did not have an official position on the legalization of cannabis.

The group did, however, dedicate time to the subject at its annual meeting, held last month in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The BI invited Jessica Lukas, the vice president of consumer insights at BDS Analytics, and Rick Garza, the director of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, to deliver two separate presentations on the state of legal cannabis in the U.S.

According to Lukas, legal sales of cannabis in North America are expected to grow to $24.2 billion by 2021 and 83 percent of Americans agree that there should be “some form of legal marijuana usage.”

For his part, Hobbs said the WSWA plans to lobby Congress to pass legislation that allows states to legalize cannabis with “a minimum regulatory threshold.”

The announcement comes about one month after President Donald Trump said he would likely support legislation to end the federal ban on marijuana.

It also came a day before New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and his administration released a state Health Department report, which found that “regulated marijuana program would have health, social justice, and economic benefits.”

“It has become less a question of whether to legalize but how to do so responsibly,” the report read.

Despite what appears to be overwhelming support for the legalization of cannabis and approval from one corner of the alcohol industry, one beer industry insider, who asked not to be named, told Brewbound that “it’s better to be right than to be first” when asked why many beer industry stakeholders have been hesitant to take a position.

Nevertheless, a number of beer companies have already moved forward with investments into the cannabis sector, even though federal regulatory concerns still exist.

Constellation Brands, which owns a variety of wine and spirits labels in addition to the Corona, Modelo, and Pacifico import brands, is looking to develop a line of cannabis-infused beverages. It owns a 9.9 percent stake in Canada’s Canopy Growth Corporation (WEED), the world’s largest publicly traded cannabis company.

Meanwhile, Heineken-owned Lagunitas Brewing Company recently announced the launch of Hi-Fi Hops, a non-alcoholic sparkling water product that is infused with THC, CBD and hop oils.

Craft Brew Alliance is also examining the possibility of a CBD-infused beer and Molson Coors is said to be in talks with “several” Canadian marijuana companies as it considers introducing a line of cannabis-infused beverages.

The WSWA’s full press release can be found here.

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PORTLAND, Maine — This summer, Allagash Brewing Company is releasing a beer that’s part lager, part bubbly champagne. Two Lights is brewed with sauvignon blanc must and then fermented with both lager and champagne yeast.

“When we brewed it as a small, brewery-only batch last summer, people loved it,” said Jason Perkins, brewmaster at Allagash. “So we scaled it up this year and we couldn’t be happier with how this batch turned out.”

The beer began shipping to the entire Allagash Brewing Company distribution footprint on July 2nd.

“I submitted this idea to our pilot team hoping to create a beer that shared some of my favorite characteristics of champagne,” said Mariah Nelson, the Allagash employee behind Two Lights. “And to be honest, I just wanted a beer I could drink—instead of a wine spritzer—while mowing the lawn.”

To brew Two Lights, Allagash adds the juice of freshly pressed sauvignon blanc grapes in the whirlpool. They then ferment it with both lager and champagne yeast for a tart, crisp, and dry profile. In flavor, Two Lights has the subtle fruit profile of a lager and the snappy spritz of a freshly picked grape.

“This beer is a perfect example of how we innovate at the brewery,” said Rob Tod, founder of Allagash. “Any employee can submit a beer idea to our pilot system. When that pilot gets enough support from employees and customers, it has the potential to go to our full distribution, just like Two Lights.”

The beer’s name has its origins in Maine. Two Lights state park is a Maine landmark located right on the coast of Cape Elizabeth.two lights blog-1-2.jpg

The beer will be appearing soon in four packs of 12 oz. bottles and 5.17 gallon kegs in all Allagash Brewing Company’s areas of distribution: ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, DE, RI, NY, NJ, SC, NC, GA, CA, MD, VA, DC, Chicagoland, and Philadelphia.

ABOUT ALLAGASH BREWING COMPANY

Founded in Portland, Maine, by Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Company is dedicated to crafting the best Belgian-inspired beers in the world. Since 1995, Allagash has focused on giving back to the community—and state—that has supported them along the way.

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BA Economist Breaks Down California Production Figures

Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson recently conducted a deep dive on California-based brewery production figures from 2017.

Watson pointed out that the number of California breweries making between one and 15,000 barrels increased from 631 in 2016 to 733 last year. Of those breweries, 711 made fewer than 5,000 barrels of beer. The vast majority (575) produced fewer than 1,000 barrels annually — and just 22 breweries made between 5,001 and 15,000 barrels of beer.

Across all brewery sizes last year, draft production increased by about 70,000 barrels, Watson wrote.

“That means that many of the macro changes we are seeing — for example, growth in taproom sales — are coming from the increased number of breweries more than a shift in the actual models of those breweries,” he wrote.

According to Watson, domestic sales from regional beer companies in California declined 3.4 percent in 2017. But a closer look at the numbers revealed that in-state sales actually grew 4.6 percent, while out-of-state sales were down 12.7 percent.

“So California regional craft brewers are dealing fairly well with increasing competition in their home state, but are struggling further from home,” he wrote. “Given the importance of local to many craft drinkers, this shouldn’t be that surprising, but the gap in trends might be larger than expected.”

Read more of Watson’s insights here.

Constellation Brands Names Chief Diversity Officer

Constellation Brands has appointed Kris Carey to the newly created role of chief diversity officer, the company announced in a press release.

Carey, who will report to president and COO Bill Newlands, will lead a team on diversity and inclusion, and she will be responsible for shaping and implementing the company’s diversity strategy.

“Constellation Brands places a premium on diversity and inclusion, and I can say first-hand that my colleagues value me for who I am and the different perspectives and experiences that I can bring to the table,” Carey said, via a release. “Enhancing our diversity and inclusion strategy that continues to foster a positive, inclusive culture is critical to our growth as an organization.”

Carey will remain in her current role as senior vice president and general counsel of Constellation’s beer division. She is also a member of the company’s Women’s Leadership Development Program.

Senate Minority Leader Advocates for Permanent Excise Tax Cuts

Beer industry trade groups’ efforts to make permanent excise tax cuts for brewers and importers received a boost last week when U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer proclaimed his support.

During a speech at Duvel Moortgat-owned Brewery Ommegang last week, Schumer said bipartisan support exists to make the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), permanent, according to The Daily Star.

“It’s a great industry for us here in the Southern Tier,” said Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader. “Craft brewing is growing by leaps and bounds.”

Last December, two years of excise tax relief for alcohol producers and importers were included in the $1.5 trillion rewrite of the federal tax code. Under CBMTRA, the federal excise tax was reduced from $7 to $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels for domestic brewers producing fewer than 2 million barrels annually. The legislation also cut the federal excise tax to $16 per barrel on the first 6 million barrels for all other brewers and beer importers while maintaining the $18 per barrel excise tax for brewers producing more than 6 million barrels.

Also of note: Schumer said he plans to advocate for increased funding for the understaffed Alcohol and Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in order to speed up the brewery permit application process.

TTB Accepts $20,000 Offer in Compromise From Cigar City

The TTB has accepted a $20,000 offer in compromise from Tampa, Florida-based Cigar City Brewing for alleged violations that occurred between May 1, 2014, and May 31, 2016.

A Cigar City spokesman declined to comment, and a spokesman from Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective, which acquired the brewery in May 2016, did not return messages seeking comment.

NBWA Beer Purchasers’ Index Continues to Expand

The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) Beer Purchasers’ Index — which helps explain U.S. beer distributors’ monthly purchasing behavior — expanded for the third consecutive month with a reading of 62 in June. The reading was one point higher than June 2017 levels.

“This reading indicates a level of beer orders placed by beer distributors stable to the prior year period,” NBWA chief economist Lester Jones said, via a press release.

According to the NBWA, “a reading greater than 50 indicates the segment is expanding,” while “a reading below 50 indicates the segment is contracting.”

Craft’s index of 60 was a point lower than the previous year’s reading. Both imports (index of 72) and flavored malt beverages (index of 60) expanded. Cider continued to show signs of recovery with a reading of 46, posting higher ratings than in prior months despite still contracting. Meanwhile, the premium light segment contracted with a reading of 44.

Wastewater Led to Beach Closures in Vermont

Wastewater from breweries and other food producers led to last month’s closure of beaches in Burlington, Vermont, according to the Burlington Free Press.

“The cumulative effect of these multiple industrial beverage and food producers has presented a challenge for us,” Department of Public Works Director Chapin Spencer told the outlet.

Spencer added that the state and its beer companies need to improve their wastewater management practices. The issue has been magnified in recent years by the increasing number of breweries in the city. Zero Gravity, Switchback and Citizen Cider are reportedly working with the Public Works Department to rectify the issue.

Beer- and Cider-Flavored Ice Cream Legalized in New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill to make beer- and cider-infused ice cream legal, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. The new law dictates that the alcohol in ice cream and other frozen desserts should not exceed 5 percent ABV and must be labeled as containing alcohol.

Goose Island Files Labels for New Bourbon County Flavors

Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned Goose Island has filed for label approval for several new flavors of its popular Bourbon County stout line, according to the Chicago Tribune, citing MyBeerBuzz.com.

Even though the Chicago-based brewery has received label approvals for the following Bourbon County variants, there is still a chance some never make it to store shelves.

  • Bourbon County Brand Stout
  • Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
  • Reserve Bourbon County Brand Stout
  • Bourbon County Brand Neapolitan Stout
  • Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout
  • Bourbon County Brand Bramble Rye Stout
  • Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout
  • Bourbon County Brand Horchata Stout
  • Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine

Bourbon County and its variants are released annually on the day after Thanksgiving.

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PORTLAND, Maine — This summer, Allagash Brewing Company is releasing a beer that’s part lager, part bubbly champagne. Two Lights is brewed with sauvignon blanc must and then fermented with both lager and champagne yeast.

“When we brewed it as a small, brewery-only batch last summer, people loved it,” said Jason Perkins, brewmaster at Allagash. “So we scaled it up this year and we couldn’t be happier with how this batch turned out.”

The beer began shipping to the entire Allagash Brewing Company distribution footprint on July 2nd.

“I submitted this idea to our pilot team hoping to create a beer that shared some of my favorite characteristics of champagne,” said Mariah Nelson, the Allagash employee behind Two Lights. “And to be honest, I just wanted a beer I could drink—instead of a wine spritzer—while mowing the lawn.”

To brew Two Lights, Allagash adds the juice of freshly pressed sauvignon blanc grapes in the whirlpool. They then ferment it with both lager and champagne yeast for a tart, crisp, and dry profile. In flavor, Two Lights has the subtle fruit profile of a lager and the snappy spritz of a freshly picked grape.

“This beer is a perfect example of how we innovate at the brewery,” said Rob Tod, founder of Allagash. “Any employee can submit a beer idea to our pilot system. When that pilot gets enough support from employees and customers, it has the potential to go to our full distribution, just like Two Lights.”

The beer’s name has its origins in Maine. Two Lights state park is a Maine landmark located right on the coast of Cape Elizabeth.two lights blog-1-2.jpg

The beer will be appearing soon in four packs of 12 oz. bottles and 5.17 gallon kegs in all Allagash Brewing Company’s areas of distribution: ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, DE, RI, NY, NJ, SC, NC, GA, CA, MD, VA, DC, Chicagoland, and Philadelphia.

ABOUT ALLAGASH BREWING COMPANY

Founded in Portland, Maine, by Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Company is dedicated to crafting the best Belgian-inspired beers in the world. Since 1995, Allagash has focused on giving back to the community—and state—that has supported them along the way.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Brew Works, the Nashville, Tennessee based brewer of the Southern Wit, 1927 IPA, State Park Blonde, Extra Easy, Basil Ryeman and Walk the Lime announces the release of the 2018 Limited Edition Belgian Strong Ale aged in City Winery 2015 Vintage Pinot Noir barrels. The newest release, 22oz wax-dipped bottles, will be available at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 13, at the Tennessee Brew Works’ Taproom at 809 Ewing Ave, Nashville. Please limit 2 per customer.

Known for the culinary-minded craft beer creations, often sourcing from brewer and chef collaborations, Tennessee Brew Works has developed a reputation in beer, food and wine circles. The brewery is located in downtown Nashville, just a few doors down from City Winery’s onsite winery, restaurant and venue. Additionally, the Tennessee Brew Works taproom offers two of City Winery’s Nashville-inspired wines made at the downtown urban winery on their tap wall at all times.

The Belgian Strong Ale, aged in City Winery Pinot Noir Barrels has ABV: 8%, IBU: 30, and is a malt-forward Belgian Strong Ale with aromas and flavors of fig, plum, apricot and tart cherry, followed by a subtle dry oak finish. As the beer matures, beer and wine lovers will experience an evolution of wonderful stone fruit and red berry flavors.

“As the only working winery in downtown, Nashville, City Winery has the unique opportunity to collaborate with our friendly neighbors, like Tennessee Brew Works, through the art of winemaking. For a second year in a row, we’re proud to have partnered with our Pie Town friends for a delicious beer using our 2015 Music City Pinot Noir barrels. This specific wine was awarded 92 points & Gold Medal ‘Exceptional’ Rating by Tastings.com and is incredibly aromatic with a strong violet and floral aroma. The subtle tannin structure offers delicious texture and a smooth finish with bursts of strawberry and blackberry. Once again, we’re proud to work with the talented brewmasters at Tennessee Brew Work,” said City Winery Nashville Local Winemaker Bill Anton.

“City Winery has been a wonderful neighbor and we’re always grateful for opportunities to partner with them,” said Tennessee Brew Works Founder and President Christian Spears. “This beer combines some of the best work of our two organizations and we’re proud to have our name it.”

This beer will be available at the Tennessee Brew Works Taproom, City Winery Nashville and limited outside retail locations.

About Tennessee Brew Works

Tennessee Brew Works was born from a love for craft beer. A local start-up which began over a home-brew session, they ultimately celebrated their first professional brew in August 2013.

Tennessee Brew Works is 100% owned and operated by folks in Tennessee. They brew beers using only natural ingredients and flavors, and source them from local farmers whenever possible. Their motto: “We work hard to create high quality craft beer that makes Tennessee proud. Our culture places importance on family, friends, and community, and we hope you’ll be a part of it.” For more info visit www.tnbrew.com.

About City Winery Nashville

City Winery is a venue that fuses passions for food, wine and music. The City Winery experience blends fine dining and the relaxing ambiance of American wine country, with the restaurant and lounge providing a refined environment with rustic interiors, large stone fireplaces and exposed beams. An urban winery, City Winery also released the first-ever line of Nashville-inspired wines made from grape to bottle in house in spring 2016. City Winery is your destination for the perfect pairing of music, local cuisine and extraordinary wines for an unforgettable affair. For more information please visit www.citywinery.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Von Ebert Brewing, a locally owned, Portland-based brewing company is excited to announce its second grand opening in Portland’s east side. The opening date to the public is Monday, July 16th, but brewing operations will go live in September/ October and will feature a JVNW 3.5 Vessel brewhouse, multiple foudres, wine puncheons, barrels, oak fruiting tanks as well as a coolship. The brewery will specialize in German Lager, Saison, and Belgian inspired beers, including spontaneous, mixed culture and sours.

The menu will cover everything from a Smoked Pork Belly Cubano to Whole Smoked Wings and a Bayonne Ham and Arugula Pizza. The menu will be similar to the Von Ebert location in the Pearl, but it will have a couple surprises that are exclusive to the Glendoveer location.

Located at 14021 NE Glisan Street right next to the Pro Shop of Glendoveer Golf Course, Von Ebert Brewing opens its doors with reimagined lodge-style décor. The building’s beautiful design will have a lodge theme and will sit on the 10th hole of Glendoveer golf course. The beautiful, full service bar, dining space, and two patios will seat about 250 all in, with both booth and table seating options to accommodate parties of all sizes including a private event space. Minors will be allowed throughout the location at all times.

About Von Ebert Brewing

Von Ebert Brewing sits at the crossroad where storied traditions meet bold new ideas in brewing. For more information on Von Ebert Brewing, please visit www.vonebertbrewing.com or contact Tom S. Cook at tscook@vonebertbrewing.com

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