This day in Beer History

On this in 1768 Captain Cook departed England on his famous voyage aboard the Endeavor. Believing in the healthful qualities of Beer, Cook took along 4 tonnes of beer. It didn’t last. He had to make several stops along the way to ‘homebrew’ more including one notable stop in New Zealand.

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ABI Buys Another Craft Brewer

Anheuser-Busch Inbev announced the acquisition of Platform Brewing Company. The latest addition to the ABI craft beer portfolio includes their main brewery and a dedicated sour-beer facilityin Cleveland, along with outlets in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh.

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FREE Beer Fest Ticket Rock

Want a FREE entry into the Beer Fest June 1st at Sandy Downs? Just find a Beer Fest Ticket Rock and bring it to the Beer Fest gate to exchange it for One FREE entry. (Must be 21 to be eligible) Rocks will be placed downtown Idaho Falls overnight on May 27-28… Helpful Hint… look near ticket outlets. Good luck FREE Ticket Rock hunting.

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Sam Adams Acquires Dogfish Head

Boston Beer and its flagship Samuel Adams—announced a merger with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery reportedly worth $300 million, a deal of such note that it was broadcast nationally on CNBC, CNN, NPR, and in Fortune magazine. For years the Milton, Delaware brewery gained attention for its “off-center” (unconventional) view of beer and brewing and that reputation resulted in Sam tending an offer too good to pass up. Husband and wife team Sam and Mariah Calagione first put Milton on the map when they settled their brewery into the town’s former

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Future of Celis Brewing in Peril

Rumors of an investor group taking over the Celis brewery of Austin, Texas have been circulating for months among industry insiders. Christine Celis resurrected her father Pierre’s original Austin brewery building a facility capable of producing 50,000 barrels annually. Unfortunately, sales never reached a self-sustaining level. It was estimated the company needed to sell over 20,000 barrels a year for profitability, yet in its best year, 2018, sales reached only 12,000, well short of the threshold. Observers estimate the decision as to the brewery’s future could be made as early

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Encouraging Numbers for Craft Beer

A survey sponsored by the Brewers Association supplied promising numbers for the Craft Beer Industry. Polling a range of beer drinkers from 21 to 70 years-old, the research found millennials spent the most of craft beer at an average of $66 a month for men and $ 50 for women. Surprisingly, their monthly spending on Craft Beer equaled about as much as spent on their monthly cell phone bill and utilities respectively. The favorite beer styles of this group were Hoppy IPAs, followed by American Pale Ale, Brown Ale and

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Another Craft Beer Takeover

On Monday April 22nd Mammoth Brewing announced its intent to acquire Great Northern Brewing of Sparks, Nevada during this summer. Sean Turner of Mammoth Brewing emphasized that “Mammoth Brewing Company will not replace Great Basin…” instead they will brew both brands package products at one production brewery. They anticipate the merger will result in an increase from 15,000 barrels to 40,000 barrels collectively. As Turner explained, this rapid increase will be realized as Mammoth’s production is freed from its current pub-sized brewing equipment.

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Stone Brewing in the News Again – This Time Internationally

In an acknowledged sale, Stone Brewing of California announced it has accepted an offer for its Berlin brewery and tasting room from BrewDog of Scotland. Located in the Mariendorf section of Berlin, it is the second Berlin location for BrewDog, which will also open a new facility in Hamburg later this year. BrewDog will continue to produce beers for Stone Brewing in Berlin, along with its own brands. Industry insiders believe the Stone project was too much too soon for the original owner and suggest smaller breweries and tap rooms may

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Ninkasi Brewing Acknowledges New Majority Owner

Ninkasi Brewing of Eugene, Oregon acknowledged they have a new majority owner. Legacy Breweries, founded by a former hop company executive, announced their plan to buy two more craft brewers of the same size as Ninkasi. Its strategy is to purchase one in the Midwest and another in the East; these would be augmented by approximately a dozen smaller breweries. The assembled breweries would benefit from centralized purchasing and by sharing production equipment. The larger, Ninkasi sized, facilities could supplement the production of the smaller plants.

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Avery Brewing Sells Majority Interest to Mahou San Miguel

Avery Brewing of Boulder, Colorado has sold a majority interest to Mahou-San Miguel of Madrid Spain. The sale amounted to forty percent of Avery; Mahou had previously acquired thirty percent, thus it gained a majority share in the latest transaction. In completing the purchase Mahou partnered with Founders Brewery of Grand Rapids, Michigan – Mahou had previously invested in a minority position with Founders.

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