Gibsonton Brewery Shines with Carnival Culture (February 28) – GIBSONTON, Fla. – An eight-foot Boa named Julius Squeezer, fire spinning, and a bed of nails are not things you’d usually find at a brewery, but that’s exactly what’s happening in Gibsonton. Complete Story.
Pair to open area’s first Black-majority owned brewery in Chesterfield Twp. (February 28) – High school buddies Deven Sills and Eric Lehman Jr. grew up to become home brewers and business partners opening a community microbrewery in Chesterfield Township. The brewery, scheduled to open in May, is titled Arctic Circle Brewing Company, a reference to the chilly atmosphere of a basement hangout where the two experimented with various beer recipes in the mid-2000s. Complete Story.
Columbus Platform Brewery employees quit citing health and safety concerns (February 28) – COLUMBUS, Ohio — All the employees at the Columbus Platform Beer Co. taproom say they have quit, according to a sign posted on the brewery’s store in Columbus on North 6th Street. A letter left by one of the employees, and shared on social media, addressed to Justin Carson, the co-owner of Platform, said the employees have quit due to several reasons, including COVID-19 concerns, being overworked, lack of appreciation and no hazard pay despite claiming the company has “shattered” financial goals. Complete Story.
New Jersey brewery honors Black history month with special beer series (February 26) – MONTCLAIR, New Jersey — Since 2018, New Jersey’s Montclair Brewery has distinguished itself by brewing beer that honors the Black culture and the West African and Jamaican roots of its owners, Leo and Denise Sawadogo. “It’s a dream every single day to see everybody sitting here drinking beer that I made. It’s just mind-boggling to me,” said Leo Sawadogo. Complete Story.
Glenbrook Brewery, bringing local beer to Morristown as its first brewery, opens Feb. 27 (February 26) -Glenbrook Brewery, Morristown’s first brewery, will open in the heart of downtown on Feb. 27. Creative director of Glenbrook, Darren Cregan, who grew up in Morristown, and his brother-in-law, head brewer Heath Traver of Morris Plains, have been developing the space on Morris Street for more than a year. Complete Story.
Couple returns to the Black Hills to open Last Mile Brewery (February 26) – Passions for the Black Hills and unpretentious, great-tasting beer inspired Last Mile Brewery, the newest addition to Rapid City’s microbrewery scene.Last Mile Brewery opened its tasting room to the public on Friday while working to get its brews onto the menus of restaurants and bars in the region, co-owner Kent Bradley said. Complete Story.
Popular Emmaus brewery moving to larger space in borough (February 25) – Yergey Brewing, a nano-brewery and taproom serving a variety of artisan beers, is expected to relocate by late summer from its 4.5-year-old space at 518 Bank St. to a larger borough building a few blocks east at 235 Main St., according to owner and brewer Jim Yergey. Complete Story.
Pittsburgh Brewery Diversity Council Aims to Create More Inclusive Beer Spaces (February 25) – Pittsburgh is a region teeming with breweries. There are more than 40 independently owned breweries in Allegheny County and a bunch more in the surrounding counties. Despite the numbers, they are, like most breweries across the country, suffering a lack of diversity from brewhouse to taproom. Complete Story.
Crafthaus Brewery Launches Way To Man-Go With Scratch and sniff Label (February 25) – (LAS VEGAS, NV) – CraftHaus Brewery, known for their innovative spirit, is set to launch Nevada’s first, possibly the country’s first, scented beer label for Way To Man-Go!, Double Dry Hopped, Mango IPA at both of their taprooms and across the valley of Southern Nevada on Friday, February 26th. Complete Story.
Dixie Beer name removed from New Orleans brewery; see timeline to become Faubourg (February 24) – In about a month, the beer that New Orleans has sipped for generations under the name Dixie will start hitting the shelves under its new name, Faubourg. On Wednesday, one very public manifestation of that change took shape at the local company’s brewery in New Orleans East. Complete Story.
Southern California brewery wants a more diverse industry, creates scholarship (February 24) – SAN DIEGO — A local brewery says it wants to help diversify its industry and is offering a scholarship for people of color who want to learn the business. Ballast Point Brewery has partnered with UC San Diego Extension to make it all happen. Complete Story.
Hoptown Brewing Co. is opening near Charlotte (February 24) – Hoptown Brewing Co. will soon open its doors in Mooresville, and the owners are already looking to bring the concept to another city. Scott Plemmons, who is opening the brewery with his wife, Sandy Plemmons, said the new spot will be the first of at least three Hoptown locations, with the plan to bring the neighborhood brewery model to underserved areas that aren’t as brewery-dense as Charlotte. Complete Story.
Black Brewers Make Their Mark In Craft Brewing Industry (February 23) – Brewing industry data shows that Black Americans represent about 12% of U.S. beer drinkers, but only 1% of breweries are owned by Blacks. Arthur Moye, one of an estimated 55-75 Black brewery owners throughout the country, knows why. Complete Story.
New brewery moving into former Southern Craft Brewing space (February 23) – Another brewery is slated to open this summer in the Airline Highway suite that previously belonged to Southern Craft Brewing Company, which permanently closed last month. Keith Primeaux, who also owns LaHomebrew in Baton Rouge, applied last week for building and expedited commercial plan review permits for a new business called Agile Brewing to fill the roughly 3,000-square-foot space, which he plans to renovate and expand to 4,500 square feet. Complete Story.
North Texas brewery products make way to West Texas (February 23) – North Texas’ Lakewood Brewery products are coming to El Paso, according to L&F distributors. The craft beers will be available starting this week at liquor, grocery and restaurants in the El Paso market. “We are excited to represent Lakewood Brewing in El Paso and can’t wait for our local beer community to enjoy their liquid goodness in package stores and on tap,” said Adrian Perez, Craft Beer Manager at L&F Distributors. Complete Story.
Brewers and filmmaker look to increase diversity in craft beer industry (February 21) – Look anywhere in Milwaukee, and it’s not hard to find someone enjoying an ice-cold beer. It’s big business in Milwaukee and nationally. The craft beer sector is a multi-billion dollar industry and the people reaping most of the benefits are its owners, a majority of whom are white men. According to the Brewer’s Association’s most recent survey, less than 1% of brewery owners are Black. Complete Story.
Pearl Street Brewery celebrates 22nd anniversary (February 21) – LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse celebrated their 22nd anniversary on Saturday, tailgate style with live music and new beers for people in attendance to enjoy. Complete Story.
Fort Wayne entrepreneur juggles popular hobby shop and brewery (February 21) – FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Juggling two Fort Wayne businesses is no easy feat, but Paris McFarthing is an entrepreneur whose been doing just that for a few years now. McFarthing is what you call an eternal optimist. With him, everything just feels possible, ever since he was a little boy mowing lawns hoping to get that cool new toy at his local obsession: Phil’s Hobby Shop. Complete Story.
Austin Breweries and Restaurants Offering Drinkable Water During the City’s Water Boil Notice – (February 20) – There’s a water boil notice for Austin, coupled with the Texas winter storm, power outages, and households without working water anyway. To help people without access to clean water or power to boil water, several Austin restaurants and breweries are offering free potable water. Complete Story.
Ogle County Brewery overcomes odds, holds grand opening (February 20) – OREGON, Ill. (WTVO) — In the midst of a pandemic and many closures, there’s a new business opening up in the Stateline. We were there for the grand opening. Ogle County Brewery is the newest addition to the Stateline, opening its doors for the first time on Saturday. As many people know, the pandemic has created many hardships for small business owners. But one local brewery hopes to start a different trend. Complete Story.
College friends, military vets plan to open brewery and taproom in southwest Lincoln (February 20) – The military scattered the friends after they graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.For a time, one of them was stationed on the West Coast, another on the East Coast, the third on the Gulf Coast.When they would talk about home, Nebraska became the Corn Coast.“It was kind of a joke,” said Will Walter, now a Marine reservist back in Lincoln. “But it kind of caught on.” Complete Story.
Jersey Village brewery helps those without power or water (February 18) – HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Senate Avenue Brewing Company is used to making beer. But this week they have turned into a place for families to warm up, fill up on hot food, get boiled water, and find some comfort and joy. Complete Story.
Houston breweries are giving away safe, filtered water for free (February 18) – Houston breweries, like others in the service industry, are stepping up to help people who don’t have water this week by giving out filtered water. Much of Houston is still without running water because of the ongoing cold weather that started on Monday and paralyzed the entire state for days. As of Wednesday morning, the city is on boil water notice. Complete Story.
Oak Park brewery honoring civil rights activists with beers | NorCal Strong (February 18) – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The people who make Northern California Strong are those who inspire us and make our communities a great place to live. ABC10 wants to highlight their strength by recognizing what they do. This week we want to introduce you to the brewers at Oak Park Brewing Co. Complete Story.
Brandon brewery among 20 nominated for USA TODAY’s 10 Best new breweries list (February 17) – A Vermont brewery is one of 20 in the running to be named one of USA TODAY’s 10 best new breweries across the country. Red Clover Ale Company, which is located in Brandon, has been operating for about three years, with a brewery and taproom along U.S. 7 in the center of the town. Complete Story.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery Creates Paid Diversity Apprenticeship (February 17) – HALETHORPE, Md. (WJZ) — For people working in the craft beer and travel industry, 2020 was a time to reflect on whether or not they were doing enough to include everyone after a year of social unrest. Complete Story.
Grand Strand Brewing Company set to pour its first glass Tuesday (February 17) – YRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The City of Myrtle Beach has its next big business on tap. Grand Strand Brewing Company announced it will open Tuesday at noon in the new Arts and Innovation District. “It’s a grind,” said Grand Strand Brewing Company CEO Clayton Burrous. “Beer’s a tough business, but we’re super fortunate, we could not be more excited to be in the building that we’re in, to be in the community that we’re in.” Complete Story.
Burrous has spent 13 years in the beer business on the brewing and distribution sides.
Brewery specializing in non-alcoholic beers expands footprint into Ohio, Dayton (February 16) – A new line of non-alcoholic beers will be available in the Dayton area soon, and its makers say consumers won’t need to sacrifice taste in the name of sobriety. Minneapolis-based brewers Hairless Dog Brewing Company announced it’s expanding its footprint to include Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee by partnering with Heidelberg Distributing Company. Complete Story.
Fernandina Beach brewery sets sights on local expansion (February 16) – Mocama Beer Co. is one of four craft breweries in Nassau County, part of the collection of almost 30 craft breweries along the First Coast. Complete Story.
World’s Oldest Industrial-Scale Brewery Identified at Abydos, Egypt, ca. 3000 BCE (February 16) –
A team of American and Egyptian archaeologists excavating at the site of Abydos in southern Egypt has uncovered evidence for the world’s oldest known industrial-scale beer production facility, an ancient complex with the capacity to produce enough beer to serve thousands of people in a single batch. Complete Story.
Starting a business during a pandemic: Asheville’s newest brewery, Cellarest Beer Project, to open in March(February 15) – For years, the building on the corner of Haywood Road and Richmond Avenue in West Asheville was a tire shop. Come March, it will be Asheville’s newest brewery: Cellarest Beer Project. “After a year of a build-out and two years before that of planning, we are in the home stretch right now,” said Cellarest Beer Project co-founder Harrison Fahrer. Complete Story
New brewery on tap for Pukalani – (February 13) – PUKALANI — A new small business has a big goal of bringing Maui residents together when the pandemic has forced them apart. Owners of Mahalo Aleworks — a 3,500-square-foot taproom and brewery slated to open in April at Kulamalu Town Center — said their location will be intimate and communal, where people can connect over 100-percent local-made beer. Complete Story.
Twelve Talons Beerworks to open brewery in Orlando’s Milk District – (February 13) – A brewery has plans to open in Orlando’s Milk District.Twelve Talons Beerworks LLC announced plans on social media to open a brewery at 2807 E. South St. in the former South Street Coin Laundry. The existing building includes a 1,800-square-foot laundromat and 600-square-foot retail and office space. Complete Story.
Local brewery offering beer and chocolate pairing event this Valentine’s Day weekend – (February 13) FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — When it comes to Valentine’s Day, most people like to celebrate with traditional gifts like champagne and flowers, but why not change it up this year? “Making beer is the same thing as cooking. It’s making a recipe,” says Joseph Hallock, Co-Owner at Chaos Mountain Brewing. For almost seven years, Hallock has been putting his skills to the test.It’s a venture he never saw coming, until one trip across the world changed his life forever. Complete Story.
Grand River Brewery severely damaged after car crashes through wall (February 12) – JACKSON, MI – A speeding driver lost control and crashed into the Grand River Brewery in downtown Jackson Thursday night, causing severe damage to the building. Complete Story.
New breweries bringing unique beers to borderland (February 12) – While 2020 gave us plenty of bad reasons to drink, 2021 is giving us two pretty good ones. Craft Rhythm & Brews Brewing Company near Downtown and Mission Trail Brewery in Socorro are the latest offspring of the borderland brewery boom of the last few years. Complete Story.
Minnesota brewery invites patrons to enjoy a beer, throw an ax (February 12) – Roundhouse Brewery in Nisswa, Minn., began building its six-lane Wreck Room last year to accommodate ax throwing and other recreational activities upstairs while also serving beverages during social activities. Complete Story.
Lehigh Valley Beer History: ‘Nix Besser!’ (None Better) than Neuweiler Brewery (February 11) – In the early-to-mid 90s, we’d pack into Allentown’s Sterling Hotel, crowd around the live music stage (I’m looking at you, John Bloys and The Boogie Stew, Mike Dugan, Zen For Primates) and enjoy a few Dark Lagers from the Neuweiler Brewery. Complete Story
East Troy Brewery is profoundly connected to its community. (February 11) – After writing about its collaboration with Grebe’s Bakery on a cruller-inspired stout, I decided to visit East Troy Brewery for what I expected would be a beer story. Instead, I found a story of a brewery deeply tied to its community. Complete Story.
All you need is love and craft beer for a Valentine’s Day that’s oh, so Charlotte (February 11) – Dark and decadent, is there any style of beer better suited to Valentine’s Day than the humble stout? Our local brewers seem to agree, as many are releasing new stouts or bringing back fan favorites ahead of the heartfelt holiday. With inspiration and ingredients ranging from cheesecake to King Cake and oysters to ice cream, you’re likely to find a few stouts here you’ll love. Complete Story.
Upright Brewing lays out plans for 2 new locations, plus drift from farmhouse ales focus (February 10) -Upright Brewing, the highly acclaimed but subterranean brewery near Portland’s Rose Quarter, is planning two expansion projects that would haul it out of a longtime basement home that’s quaint and cozy – but cramped and locationally confusing. At the same time, founder and owner Alex Ganum said, Upright will also continue to branch out its offerings – accelerating a shift in focus from farmhouse ales to other traditional Old World styles. Complete Story
Lockdowns weigh on German beer sales, hurt small brewers (February 10) – COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Bars have been closed for more than three months, Carnival celebrations are canceled, and it’s not clear when things will get better in Germany. That has left the boss of Brauerei Heller, an organic brewery in Cologne, thinking “from week to week” as she tries to chart a course out of the coronavirus pandemic .Official data released last week showed beer sales in Germany dropped 5.5% last year to 8.7 billion liters (2.3 billion gallons), a decline fostered by lengthy shutdowns. Complete Story.
Famous Vermont Brewery Praised for Hiring Workers With Disabilities (February 10) – A well-known Vermont brewery that has won many prestigious awards for its beer is now earning praise for the way it embraces workers who might have faced barriers to employment in the past.The Vermont Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities gave an award Wednesday to The Alchemist for reflecting the spirit of the Americans With Disabilities Act.The small business was praised for its outreach, training, accommodations, creative thinking around assignments for workers and other practices. Complete Story.
Readington Brewery & Hop Farm is slated for opening this spring (February 9) – The Readington Brewery & Hop Farm is slated for opening May 1, but co-owner Braun Kiess of Bedminister said there are a lot of variables. Kiess and his partner, Dan Aron, of Washington, have broken ground for the 3,700-square-foot brewing facility and tasting room to be located at 937 Route 202 South. The hops were planted three years ago, since like grapevines hop vines need a few years to begin producing. Complete Story
Local Brewery Stays Busy on Super Bowl Sunday (February 9) – LBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Restaurants in the metro area couldn’t profit off the Super Bowl this year like they used to before the pandemic. That’s why some businesses adapted their approach to the big day. At Rio Bravo Brewing Co., the TVs were dark Sunday, but that didn’t stop them from putting together something special for their customers. “Even though we have a little bit of a pandemic going on there are still specials at Rio Bravo,” said Randy Baker, with Rio Bravo Brewing.Rio Bravo had wings and beer ready for people to pick up and enjoy at home. Complete Story
New Brewery Coming To Market Street (February 9) – Outer Dunes Brewing, a brewery and event space, is set to occupy the property that formerly housed Liberty Tavern at 7976 Market St. in Wilmington. Husband and wife team Phil and Ellie Mabe, both originally from the Cape Fear region, have returned after a decade in the Lake Tahoe area, where they both worked at breweries in various capacities. Complete Story
North Platte Brewery included among 50 best breweries, microbreweries and brewpub’s (February 4) – Pals Brewing Co. was included among the 50 best breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs in the United States by travioso.com, a destination-guide website. The site notes that the North Platte brewery, which opened in 2017, is family-owned and managed. The write-up says Pals has gone from strength to strength, with its range of craft beers proving extremely popular with visitors to this rural brewery. Complete Story
San Antonio’s Weathered Souls brewery named best in US for more than just craft beer(February 3) – San Antonio’s Weathered Souls Brewing Company was recently named the best brewery in the United States in 2020 by the online magazine Hop Culture. The magazine covers the best beer, bars, breweries, gifts, and supplies in the U.S. and around the world. Hop Culture looked at more than 8,000 potential candidates and choose to highlight 12 with Weathered Souls earning top honors. Complete Story