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SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Fruit Products LLC has released its latest limited-edition Fruit for Fermentation puree: Key Lime. Fruit for Fermentation adds flavor, aroma and texture of real fruit to a variety of fermented beverages such as beer, cider, mead, spirits, wine and kombucha.

Key limes are prized in the culinary world for their intense aroma and tart flavor. Oregon Fruit Key Lime Puree is pale green in hue and smooth in consistency, with soft undertones and an intensely bright and tangy flavor. Key Lime is a natural line extension for the company, building on the success of other citrus limited release flavors such as grapefruit, tangerine and blood orange.

“Anyone who has juiced a key lime knows the small fruit yields surprisingly substantial rewards,” said Chris Hodge, director of sales for fermentation at Oregon Fruit Products. “For this fruit in particular, our brewers see a big advantage in having a puree that their disposal that is flavorful, consistent and ready to go without arduous prep work.”

Oregon Fruit Key Lime Puree is perfect for blending into a wide variety of beverages that benefit from a citrusy tropical kick, such as Mexican style lagers, hazy IPAs or lighter summertime brews. The puree also provides acidic contrast to darker, more robustly flavored fruits like cherry, boysenberry and blackberry.

“For many of our customers, key lime will serve as the vital missing component for combining fruit flavors, allowing them to add a hit of brightness and achieve the desired flavor profile,” said Hodge.

Like all Fruit for Fermentation purees, key lime has no added sugar or preservatives, and is packaged aseptically for shelf-stability and ease of use. Oregon Fruit for Fermentation is minimally processed to ensure the best fresh fruit flavor and color. Most of the purees have a shelf life of 18 months in ambient temperature.

Oregon Fruit’s Key Lime puree is now available in 42 lb. bag-in-box. The product is certified kosher, made in theU.S.A., non-GMO, gluten-free and vegetarian. Oregon Fruit Products does not use, nor does it allow, any of the eight major allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat) in the products or processing areas.

Oregon Fruit Products LLC

Founded in 1935, Oregon Fruit Products offers a complete line of canned, frozen and shelf-stable premium fruit for consumers, foodservice operators and ingredient sales. The company is located in Salem, Oregon and can be found on the web at oregonfruit.com and shop.fruitforbrewing.com

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Court-appointed receiver Alvarez & Marsal filed a report Thursday saying it had reached an agreement to sell financially troubled Canadian brewing equipment manufacturer DME Group’s manufacturing and fabrication headquarters in Charlottetown.

According to the receiver’s second report filed with the Superior Court of Prince Edward Island, Alvarez & Marsal said it executed a purchase agreement with CIMC Enric Tank and Process Ltd. on February 13. Now, the receiver is asking the court to approve the sale.

According to CIMC’s website, the company is “one of the largest suppliers for the beverages and liquid food industries,” with operations around the globe.

If approved by the court, the transaction could close by March 5.

Alvarez & Marsal said CIMC plans to continue the DME Group’s operations in Charlottetown, employ a majority of the employees currently working at the facility and potentially rehire others.

As part of the transaction, CIMC would acquire the Charlottetown property as well as machinery, equipment, inventories, intellectual property, customer lists, and brewery “works-in-progress” projects, among other assets. However, CIMC would not assume any of DME’s liabilities.

Alvarez & Marsal reported that CIMC’s bid for the business “was superior” to three other offers. The receiver is slated to ask a judge to approve the sale during a February 22 hearing.

US House Introduces Excise Tax Reform

A week after the Craft Beverage Modernization Tax Reform Act was introduced into the Senate, the House of Representatives presented a companion bill that would make permanent excise tax cuts for alcohol producers and importers.

U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) co-sponsored the legislation that would extend excise tax relief that alcohol companies received as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017 indefinitely. Those cuts are currently slated to expire at the end of the year.Like the original legislation, the bill sets the federal excise tax for domestic brewers producing fewer than 2 million barrels a year at $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels. The legislation also maintains the federal excise tax of $16 per barrel on the first 6 million barrels for all other brewers and beer importers, while keeping in place the $18 per barrel excise tax for brewers producing more than 6 million barrels.

Beer Institute president and CEO Jim McGreevy told Brewbound that while the goal is “permanence,” stakeholders also have the opportunity to extend the tax relief for an additional two years as a “tax extender.”

“We need to get permanence, but we also have the opportunity to have it extended for another two years to keep the conversation going and to keep the tax relief going, more importantly,” he said.

McGreevy added that alcohol producers are positioned for success due to the tax relief already being in place and the bill receiving bipartisan support. However, he stressed that “getting the tax relief is not a guarantee.” He added that he expects the effort to extend the cuts to last until the December 31 deadline.

According to the Brewers Association (BA), which represents the interests of small and independent beer companies, “99 percent of small brewers have realized a 50 percent reduction of their federal excise tax.”

In a press release, BA president and CEO Bob Pease said CBMTRA saves small brewers “nearly $80 million each year.”

Backlash Over Boston Beer Gardens

A pair of Massachusetts lawmakers are attempting to rein in Boston’s popular outdoor beer gardens, according to the Boston Globe.

Driven by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, state Sens. Ed Kennedy (D-Lowell) and Nick Collins (D-South Boston) are co-sponsoring a bill that would prevent any person or company from obtaining more than 14 one-day licenses a year. Beer companies such as Trillium and Wachusett, among others, have used those licenses to operate outdoor beer gardens from the spring into the fall.

Currently, the law allows applicants to obtain up to 30 one-day licenses. However, beer companies have used a loophole that allows multiple applicants to request licenses on their behalf. Last year, the city issued 82 one-day licenses, up from 39 in 2017, the Globe reported.

Speaking to the Globe, Massachusetts Restaurant Association president and CEO Bob Luz said the law is being abused to the detriment of his organization’s members.

The states brewers have said they’re willing to work with lawmakers to evolve the law.

Meanwhile, Notch Brewing founder Chris Lohring pointed out that the bill as written wouldn’t just hurt craft brewers, but would also affect nonprofits that rely on one-day licenses.

Jim Koch Responds to #Corntroversy

It’s been nearly two weeks since Anheuser-Busch launched its Bud Light Super Bowl ads pointing out MillerCoors’ use of corn syrup in its flagship Miller Lite and Coors Light offerings and upsetting corn farmers. Now, Boston Beer Company founder Jim Koch has trudged into the cornfield with a blog post on the Samuel Adams website titled “Corntroversy — Deja Vu?”

“It’s like McDonald’s and Burger King arguing about grilling vs. broiling their burgers,” he wrote. “Who cares? Fast food is still fast food.”Koch also predicted that the next phase of A-B’s fight with MillerCoors would be either the latter’s use of hop extract or an attack on imports such as Corona and Modelo, which “use the same industrial brewing techniques and ingredients”

“How safe is the quality image and premium price point of imported beers if drinkers realize that their fancy, upscale image hides less expensive ingredients and industrial brewing practices, just as happened in 1986?” Koch wrote.

Heineken N.V. Revenue Grows 6.1 Percent in 2018; US Volumes Decline

Heineken N.V. reported its full-year earnings results this week, highlighted by a 6.1 percent increase in global revenue as total beer volumes grew 4.2 percent worldwide. Meanwhile, volumes of the Heineken increased 7.7 percent, which the company said was the brand’s “best performance” in more than a decade.

The results weren’t as rosy in the U.S., were the company’s volumes declined high-single digits. Additionally, U.S. volumes for Heineken-owned Lagunitas declined low-single digits, which the company said is still outperforming the overall craft beer category.

Drizly Partners with BevMo! in California

Boston-based on-demand alcohol delivery company Drizly is expanding its reach in California via a new partnership with retailer BevMo!, according to a press release. The deal will make Drizly’s 60-minute delivery service available in 45 of BevMo!’s stores, including those in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With the addition of BevMo!, Drizly now partners with more than 1,000 retail locations in more than 100 cities across North America. The company recently secured $34.5 million as part of a Series C fundraising round.

Maine’s Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. For Sale

The owners of Belfast, Maine-based Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. are attempting to sell the 11-year-old beer company as well as its sister cocktail bar, Three Tides, for $5 million, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Owners David and Sarah Carlson told the outlet that they’re ready to step away from the business, which they say “needs new blood.” Until a buyer is found, the Carlsons said the businesses will remain open. However, they hope to have a buyer by July.

According to the report, Marshall Wharf produced 400 barrels of beer last year.

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters claimed Wednesday that strategic decisions made by Coca-Cola bottler and distributor Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling (RCCB) “have created significant disruption in the quality of service” for customers in Southern California, according to the results of a survey of over 100 retailers.
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As part of its ongoing quest to help foster a more inclusive brewing industry, the Brewers Association (BA) has launched a new grant program that will provide funding to “events that increase access and awareness of craft beer to new demographics.”

Announced Wednesday, the grant program will include funding for beer festivals, beer and food pairing events, ethnic and cultural heritage festivals and film festivals, among others.

“The Brewers Association continues to take proactive steps to advance our members and the brewing community’s path of diversity and inclusivity,” Julia Herz, the BA’s craft beer program director, said via a press release.

The BA did not disclose how much it plans to award event organizers or share how the grants will be funded.

In a note to Brewbound, Herz said the announcement was aimed at discovering the festivals and events that are focused on promoting diversity, and “generating awareness of diverse and inclusive minded beer events.”

According to the BA’s diversity and inclusion grant proposal guidelines, submissions must be received by March 15, for 2019 event funding. The BA will spend the remainder of March evaluating proposals, and it will begin notifying applicants on April 15.

The BA also said requested funds should not exceed 25 percent of an event’s budget, and the organizers must also acknowledge the financial support in any collateral and communication about the event.

The announcement comes about one month after the BA’s diversity ambassador, Dr. J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, authored and published a five-part series of best practice resource guides that are intended to help members “lay the groundwork for addressing, creating, and managing a diversity and inclusion program.”

Jackson-Beckham, an assistant professor of communication studies at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, was hired by the BA last April to work alongside the organization’s diversity committee, which was established in 2017.

Speaking at the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference, Jackson-Beckham implored attendees to reach out to “underexplored demographics.”

“If you’re going to grow, you cannot simply sell beer just to white dudes with beards,” she said, at the time.

A press release with additional details about the new grants program is included below.

Brewers Association Launches New Diversity and Inclusion Event Grants Program

Boulder, Colo. • February 13, 2019— The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—today launched a new grant program to fund local and regional events that intentionally promote and foster a more diverse and inclusive craft beer community.

Funding priorities include events that increase access and awareness of craft beer to new demographics while cultivating an inclusive environment. These include beer festivals; beer and food pairing events; agricultural fairs and celebrations; ethnic and cultural heritage festivals; neighborhood and community celebrations; entrepreneurship and innovation festivals; film festivals and more.

“The Brewers Association continues to take proactive steps to advance our members and the brewing community’s path of diversity and inclusivity,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “By helping to support these varied types of events, we can foster growth and spur a cultural shift when it comes to the beverage of beer. We look forward to reviewing the proposals and awarding the inaugural class of grant recipients.”

Recognizing the need for increased inclusion both at the beer lover and brewery level, the Brewers Association has created programs designed to cultivate conversation and action around diversity and inclusivity in craft beer. Since the creation of its diversity committee in 2017, the Brewers Association hired J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Ph.D. as its diversity ambassador, launched a series of diversity and inclusion best practice resources for its members and served as a sponsor of the 2018 Fresh Fest—the nation’s first black brew festival.

Grant applications will be accepted from February 13, 2019, until March 15, 2019. For additional information on the Diversity and Inclusion Event Grants Program and guidelines, visit the Brewers Association website.

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents more than 4,800 U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, SAVORTM: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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TEMECULA, Calif. — Garage Brewing Co.’s latest creation is a beacon of brightness in the wild world of hazies. Juicy Boom is brimming with passionfruit, light melon and citrus notes thanks to Galaxy, Citra and Lemondrop hops.

“Galaxy and Citra hops are like the dynamic duo of juicy hops,” said Bret Stitzman, brewer at Garage Brewing Co. “This beer is a juice explosion waiting to attack your taste buds with a tsunami of tropical goodness.”

Galaxy and Citra accentuate the juiciness of each other while Lemondrop punches up the lush and bright characteristics making this beer an exceptionally juicy offering.

At 6.7 percent ABV, this craft beer also delivers a nice hop forward flavor without a bitter bite.

“This beer has big mouthfeel from the oats and lactose additions that help drive home the juicy notes from the late hop additions,” Stitzman said. “Drinking this hazy golden brew will remind you of bright and sunny tropical days on the beach.”

Juicy Boom

  • Flavor: Tropical juice with a touch of lemon
  • Aroma: Citrus, lemon and tropical fruit
  • Balance: Late edition hops give heavy juiciness with no bitterness
  • Body: Big mouthfeel to help balance fruity tropical hops
  • ABV: 6.7 percent
  • Availability: Limited Release
  • Size: Draft

About Garage Brewing Co.

Garage Brewing Co. opened in Temecula, California in 2013 with a focus on brewing quality and exciting craft beers alongside a fast-casual pizzeria. In 2015 the brewing arm expanded to a production facility in Murrieta with a state-of-the-art 30 BBL brewhouse. Numerous Garage Brewing Co. beers have won prestigious Gold Awards from Great American Brew Festival, Los Angeles International Beer Competition and Sonoma County Fair and California State Fair. Garage Brewing Co. ensures unsurpassed quality by printing every bottle and can with an easy to find and read best by date. Most beers are sold on draft, 22 oz. bottles, 12 oz. 6-pack bottles and cans, growlers and kegs in the taproom/brewpub and distributed to stores and restaurants throughout Southern California and Las Vegas. Visit garagebrewco.com.

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AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Eastciders, the number one craft cider in Texas, rolls out its line of easy-drinking ciders to the Georgia market this month. General Wholesale Beer Company in Atlanta, Northeast Sales Distributing, and Southern Eagle of Savannahare the wholesale partners for the venture.

“The cider category grew over ten percent and Austin Eastciders hit the 50,000-barrel mark in 2018,” said Brad McKeever, president, Austin Eastciders. “We’re proud to be a leader in the movement to return cider to its pre-Prohibition prominence as the official drink of America.”

“We are very excited about our partnership with innovative craft cidery Austin Eastciders. Their authentic craft ciders are just what the Georgia market needs,” said Greg Quinlan, brand manager at General Wholesale Beer Company. “The cider business is rocking, and Atlanta drinkers are now going to have a great southern cider to drink.”

Based in Austin, Texas, Austin Eastciders offers a portfolio of dry, easy-drinking cider with two-thirds less sugar than most other ciders. The brand’s Original Dry Cider, Blood Orange and Pineapple Cider will be available in 6-packs and draft in the Georgia market.

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 five always available cider varieties, including Austin Eastciders Original Dry Cider, Austin Eastciders Texas Honey, Austin Eastciders Blood Orange, AustinEastciders Pineapple Cider and Austin Eastciders Ruby Red Grapefruit. The cidery also produces a rotating line of limited release ciders like Spiced Cider and Texas Brut Cider. Austin Eastciders is leading the craft cider movement, shipping over 50,000 barrels of cider in 2018.Austin Eastciders products are available in retailers like HEB, Kroger, Target and Whole Foods and in bars and restaurants throughout Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., the Carolinas, Nashville, New Mexico, Iowa, New York and other markets across the Mid-Atlantic. Austin Eastciders is available in 6-pack and 12-pack 12 oz. cans and draft. For the latest on Austin Eastciders, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under @Eastciders or visit austineastciders.com.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — Citizen Cider, founded in 2010 on a hunch and some good old-fashioned hard work, has quickly become a leading player in the craft cider arena. Citizen Cider strives to look at the bigger picture and focuses on being involved in every aspect of their supply chain, sourcing all fruit directly from local farmers and pressing the juice to create a true craft cider. The cider is never from concentrate.

It has been a long time coming, the citizens asked, and we listened: bRosé is now here in cans! bRosé is the second cider the folks at Citizen ever made, sourcing the blueberries directly from a farm in Charlotte, Vermont. It has been a constant fan favorite, but due to taxation on ciders with fruit added it has always been tough cider for the company to scale.

With the new year, we are happy to introduce bRosé in 12 oz. cans, cider rosé made by three bros right in the great state of Vermont. bRosé is hand crafted by co-fermenting blueberries and fresh local cider pressed at our Press House on Flynn Ave in Burlington, Vermont. bRosé is the embodiment of cooperation: blueberry and apple, summer and fall, farmers and cider makers. Here’s to getting along.

bRosé will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and draught in all states where Citizen Cider is distributed.

About Citizen Cider

Citizen Cider, even in the early days, has always had a forward momentum bigger than the guys, but at the end of the day they remain present with a simple goal. Bring the cider to the people. Now available in 14 states. Visit citizencider.com.

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SALT LAKE CITY — You do not only have to be a wine connoisseur to drink pink. Epic Brewing’s latest Foeder-aged sour release is Oak and Orchard Rosé, a light and bubbly sour ale brewed with rose hips, hibiscus and strawberries.

“Aging it on rose hips and hibiscus and strawberries gave it a nice pink tinge and wonder floral bouquet. The strawberries shine through the floral elements and balance the acidity. This beer is just plain fun and very approachable,” said Jordan Schupbach, Epic’s director of brewing operations.

Along with a bright pink color, Oak and Orchard Rosé is also sporting a new label. “This beer is lighthearted and a lot of fun. We wanted to capture its free-spirited attituded on the label. It’s quickly become my favorite brunch beer and I’m planning a special Valentines meal around it,” said Dave Cole, Epic Brewing’s co-founder.

Oak and Orchard Rosé will be spread across Epic’s national distribution footprint in both draft and wax dipped 375 ml bottles. Distribution starts in February.

About Epic Brewing Co.

Epic Brewing Company, LLC was opened in May of 2010 in Salt Lake City and expanded to Colorado in 2013. Epic is known for its passion for style and currently offers over 40 distinctly different beers. Epic is distributed in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington D.C., Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Lake Monster Brewing is excited to announce the release of its newest limited-edition seasonal: Brut IPA.

Brut IPA is a newer variant of American IPA that got its start on the west coast but has quickly spread around the country. Drawing its name “brut” from the extra-dry style of champagne, the style is a pale, crisp and hop-focused IPA.

“We are always experimenting with new ingredients and processes at Lake Monster,” says Lake Monster brewmaster Matt Lange. “When this style started getting attention last year it really piqued our interest ands eemed like a great avenue to explore for a seasonal release.”

As this is a newer style it is still evolving, but one constant is the super-dry finish on the beer, achieved by fermenting virtually all of the available sugar out of the beer. The dry finish removes the need for firm bitterness and allows the flavor of the hops to shine through.

“The Brut style is a great canvas to try out new and unique hop flavors. In this case, we used a bunch of hops from New Zealand andAustralia that we had never used before, along with some fruity US hops,” said Lange. “The result is a beer that stays in the IPA wheelhouse but is very different from anything we’ve made before.”

The Lake Monster Brut IPA was made with a boat load of Rakau, Ella, Motu, Citra and Amarillo hops and clocks in at 6.4 percent ABV. It is available in cans at your favorite liquor store and on tap at the Lake Monster taproom in St. Paul now. For more information visit lakemonsterbrewing.com

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LAGRANGE, Ga. – Just in time for spring training, Wild Leap announces the release of Prize Inside Cracker Jack Stout. This decadent beer is brewed with the iconic flavor combination of caramel, peanuts and dreams of the big leagues. Prize Inside will be released the second week of February, just in time to get you through those last weeks of winter.

Whether you are a baseball fan or not, there is something nostalgic about the sweet and salty taste of Cracker Jacks. Most people have childhood memories of the iconic red and white striped box and the anticipation of the prize inside.

“As spring and baseball season approach, we wanted to incorporate flavors of some of our favorite memories,” shared Rob Goldstein, co-founder. “Prize Inside brought our current love of beer and our life long love of baseball into one delicious brew.”

Wild Leap introduced their first canned stouts last year with Rollin’ Deep and Solid Ground. These indulgent stouts have been the perfect addition to the Wild Leap lineup. Prize Inside promises to be just as tasty with a roasted, full bodied flavor.

Though baseball season seems to last forever, Prize Inside will only be around for a short season. Make sure you try it soon because there will not be extra innings!

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