Import Deal to sell Belgian beer across the U.S.

Artisanal Imports has announced a partnership with SFB Imports division of Swinkels Family Brewers, to sell La Trappe, Palm and the West Flanders Rodenbach brand across the United States. The agreement also covers import and sales of Brasserie St-Feuillien, Bosteels, Brouwerij Martens, Brouwerij Palm, Rodenbach, De Proef Brouwerij, Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven – Mountain Brewer Beer Fest Tickets for June 6, 2020 make a Great Christmas Gift – ticket store is open at MBBF.org 

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Updates on Checks to Non-profits

On December 14, during Santa Crawl, the North American Brewers Association announced their total 2019 fundraising. Presentation checks totaling $ 164,821.02 were presented during a ceremony at MarCellars, downtown Idaho Falls. Receiving checks this year were Breaking Boundaries, Hospice of Eastern Idaho, Community Youth in Action and many others. The NABA also announced it will increase three scholarships to $ 2,000 each in 2020. During the Santa Crawl event approximately one quarter ton of food was gathered for the Food bank at St. Vincent de Paul. Total funds raised by

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Craft Breweries at All Time High

The Brewers Association of Boulder, Colorado has announced that the number of Craft Breweries in the United States has hit a record high. More than 8,000 are currently operating and it coincides with sales topping more than four percent growth in the last year.    Mountain Brewer Beer Fest tickets in Idaho Falls make a great Christmas Gift. Ticket store is open at MBBF.org

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Ballast Point sold to Kings and Convicts

Constellation Brands announced it has sold its Ballast Point brand and associated breweries to Kings and Convicts of Chicago. Originally Constellation bought Ballast Point for 1 Billion (with a B) with annual sales of about 400,000 barrels. That production has dropped more than half and the reported sale to the Chicago group is rumored to be a mere 100 Million. In Idaho Falls Join Santa Crawl December 14th – drop off non-perishable food items at Idaho Brewing between noon and 2 and receive a coupon sheet for downtown food and

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Santa Crawl

SANTA CRAWL  – December 14th – drop off non-perishable food items at Idaho Brewing between noon and 2 and get a valuable food and drink coupon for starting your own downtown pub crawl – Beer Fest check presentation at MarCellars at 3 p.m. (Santa costumes encouraged)

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This Day in Beer History

This day in 1769  Governor of New Jersey William Franklin (son of Benjamin Franklin)  worried about using the colony’s dwindling beer supply  to provide British troops with rations. To address the crisis he issued a proclamation: ENACTED: That… in Lieu and Stead of Four Pints of Small Beer hereby allowed each man per day it shall and may be lawful [to allow instead]… Molasses not exceeding one gallon to a barrel of small beer.    JOIN Santa Crawl by dropping off non-perishable food items at Idaho Brewing between noon and

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New Belgium and Magnolia sell to Kirin’s Lion group

New Belgium and Magnolia have agreed to a buyout by Kirin Brewing’s Lion group. For Magnolia’s owner Dick Cantwell this is the second time he’s been involved with selling his craft brewery to a big brewer. The first was the sale of Elysian to Anheuser-Busch Inbev. (Mountain Brewers Beer Fest tickets June 6, 2020 make a great Christmas Gift. Visit the MBBF.org ticket store now !)

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SANTA CRAWL December 14th

Start at Idaho Brewing and drop off a non-perishable food item between noon and 2 o’clock on the 14th and receive a valuable coupon sheet for discounted food and drink in downtown; then start your own pub crawl. (costumes encouraged) See you there !

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This Day in Beer History

On this day in 1989 Anchor released a Steam Beer that was brewed on the day of the 1989 Earth Quake (October 17th). To commemorate the event Anchor released that batch of Steam Beer with the label upside down.

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1644 BEER TAX

On this day in 1644 the citizens of New Amsterdam (later New York) rose to a state of near rebellion in protest of an increased tax on beer. At the time the settlers knew beer was safe to drink while water was questionable. Thus, beer was a necessity and the tax was an abomination. 

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