Brewers Association revises ‘craft brewer’ definition

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The Brewers Association, Boulder, Colo., announced its board of directors voted to change its definition of “craft brewer.” The term “craft brewer” now includes any independent brewery that produces up to 6 million barrels of traditional beer. (more…)

US. Peoria’s beer scene continues to transform

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Beer is not what it used to be. It’s better. So says Bob Jockisch, president and CEO of RJ Distributing Co., 410 High Point Lane in East Peoria, an area distributor of beer and wine. (more…)

The Weekly Brew: Beer of all shapes and sizes

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Last week I ended the column with the seemingly innocent comment that “your favorite six-pack won’t be going anywhere soon.” With a little more thought, it looks as if I should have clarified this sentence. With so many new startup microbreweries in the recent years, many of them look for the fastest, easiest way to get their product to customers. (more…)

US. Sierra Nevada Brewing is a true innovator

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The American craft beer movement is just over 30 years old – and the people who started it are still driving the ship. Yes, there were some brewing pioneers in the mid-1970s who were emphasizing artisanal values and making the first modern American craft beers – like the venerable Anchor Brewing Co. and New Albion Brewery in Northern California.
For me, the movement begins with Anchor but is defined by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., which celebrated its 30th anniversary in November 2010. (more…)

Fritz Maytag and Ken Grossman Keynote 2011 Craft Brewers Conference

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Keynote speakers Fritz Maytag and Ken Grossman will officially open the Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) in San Francisco, Calif. on March 23. More than 2,500 of the world’s leading brewers, brewery owners and brewing supply professionals are expected at this year’s CBC.

The American craft beer scene goes global

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Foreign breweries draw inspiration from U.S. craft brewers, who are increasing exports (and looking to build overseas). There’s even a black market for the States’ specialty suds. (more…)