Monday, September 21, 2015

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 36/37, 2015.

Clamps and Gaskets: weekly roundup
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.

Weeks 36/37
30 August - 12 September 2015

  • 11 September 2015
    After Heineken/Lagunitas, why more large foreign breweries will be buying American 'craft' breweries.
    —Via Craft Brewing Business.

  • 11 September 2015
    Greg Koch, co-founder of Stone Brewing, to resign from position as CEO, and accept new role as Executive Chairman.
    —Via Craft

  • 10 September 2015
    Another 'craft' brewery acquired by a much larger brewery. MillerCoors purchases a majority interest in two-year-old San Diego, California, brewery, Saint Archer Brewing Company.
    —Via Brookston Beer Bulletin.

  • 9 September 2015
    Beer is "one of few human practices that unites us through time and space. [...] But beer companies? They are organs of commerce, however wonderful the brewers and publicans they employ may be."
    —Via Jeff Alworth, at All About Beer.

  • 9 September 2015
    New York's farm-brewery law requires a farm-brewery to brew its beers with at least 20% New York-grown hops, annually. In 2024, the requirement jumps to 90%.
    —Via CBS News.

  • 8 September 2015
    The 6th largest 'craft' brewery in the U.S., California-based, Lagunitas, sells a 50% stake to international brewing company, Heineken.
    —Via Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

  • 8 September 2015
    Tony Magee, owner of 'craft' brewery Lagunitas, declares his company to be a peer of international brewing giant, Heineken.
    —Via YFGF.

  • U.S. brewing jobs: 2014

  • 7 September 2015
    Statistics on Labor Day.

  • 5 September 2015
    Over seven-thousand refugees fleeing war in Syria arrive in Austria, after Hungary yields in a days-long campaign to turn them back.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 4 September 2015
    • The impact of beer (and 'craft' beer) in Washington, D.C., in 2014/2015.
      —Via (U.S.) Brewers Association.
    • The impact of beer (and 'craft' beer) in Maryland, in 2014/2015.
      —Via (U.S.) Brewers Association.
    • The impact of beer (and 'craft' beer) in Virginia, in 2014/2015.
      —Via YFGF.

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  • 2 September 2015
    The volume of beer sold directly in brewery taprooms is up 46.7% over the same period last year: from 287,965 to 422,561 barrels.
    —Via Bryan D. Roth, at This Is Why I'm Drunk.

  • 1 September 2015
    In 1985, there were 188 trademark applications for beer filed in the U.S. Last year, there were more than 4,600 filed.
    —Via Washington City Paper.

  • 31 August 2015
    President Barack Obama re-renames Mount McKinley — the 20,237-foot mountain in Alaska and the tallest in North America — as Denali, as it was originally known by Alaska Natives before it was renamed to honor President William McKinley.
    —Via USA Today.

  • 30 August 2015
    Oregon's Deschutes Brewing eyeing Charlottesville, Virginia, for a possible East Coast brewery.
    —Via Brewbound.

  • Respect your (Pliny the) Elder (02)

  • 30 August 2015
    Hoppy beers. When aging a beer is not a good thing.
    —Via Fritz Hahn, at Washington Post.

  • 30 August 2015
    "Failure rates for new craft breweries are near zero. Barriers to entry are nonexistent. Startup costs are low. Sales start immediately. Margins can be fat. But the price of success is brutally hard work, long hours, and low pay."
    —Via Entrepreneur.

  • 30 August 2015
    When breweries produce beers with ingredients and processes other than the 'standard' water, malt, hops, and yeast, the U.S. government's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) requires approval of the formula. In 2014, the TTB relaxed those standards just a bit. Certain processes —such as aging beer in barrels containing NO DISCERNIBLE QUANTITY of wine or distilled spirits— and certain fruits and spices were exempted.
    —Via Brewery Law, at YFGF.

  • Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly wrap-up of stories  not posted at Yours For Good Most deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); some do not.
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