Summer is finally here and breweries all across the U.S. are gearing up to make sure your vacations and holiday parties are well stocked with craft beer. Here are our pics for the top headlines in craft beer news for legislation and growth.
Craft Beer Growth
Anchor Brewing Celebrates 50 years in Craft Brewing
Anchor Steam, America’s first craft beer, celebrates 50 years with ‘Drink Steam’, by John Foyston – Oregon Live
In 1965, Anchor Brewing was preparing for bankruptcy until a 27-year-old Fritz Maytag purchased 51% of the craft brewery just to make sure his favorite craft beer didn’t go away.
Committed to traditional brewing methods and quality beer, Anchor Brewing not only survived but thrived. By 1971, while BIG beer was being mass produced in the U.S., Anchor stuck to its passion for handcrafted beer and became instrumental in the craft beer revolution we see today.
To celebrate this 50th anniversary, Anchor makes craft beer news with its release of ‘Drink Steam’ this month. Anchor Steam packaging shows the original Anchor label, hand-illustrated by Anchor artist Jim Stitt.
Anchor Steam is brewed with pale and caramel two-row barley malt, Northern Brewer whole-cone hops and Anchor’s own lager yeast in a solid copper brewhouse.
Colorado: Craft Beer Is About Quality and Choices
Craft beer industry isn’t just thriving in Colorado, it’s a booming business across the U.S., by Daniela Pardo – KKCO News11
According to Colorado.com, 10% of the nation’s craft breweries. The craft beer “renaissance” gives beer lovers quality brews with many choices.
Now you have a lot of choices, and I like to experiment with different kinds of beer. -Levi Lucero
Colorado has 235 craft breweries, which ranks them third in the nation.
Craft Beer Legislation
Updates For Illinois Brewery Law Goes Before General Assembly
Massive growth in Illinois craft beer predicted with new law, by Josh Noel – Chicago Tribune
Currently, state law views a brewery and a brewpub as separate brewing facilities. Cross-ownership of these facilities is only legal for breweries producing less than 30,000 barrels of beer annually. Self-distribution is also restricted at the 30,000 barrel limit. These issues are not unique to Illinois, we have seen many craft beer news articles from states all across the U.S.A. highlighting legislation changes in this regard.
The Craft Brewers Guild and the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois have been working out compromises for changes to the current law. The empahsis from craft brewers was not the distribution restrictions but rather the co-ownership of production facilities and brewpubs. They felt that this change to the legislation facilitated their growth more than pushing for increased self-distribution quantities.
A Look At Alcohol Laws In The South
Alcohol laws in the South Brewing Trouble, by M.S.L.J. – Economist
This is a great article focusing on the challenges that outdated alcohol laws bring to the craft beer boom in the South. The 80-year-old three-tier system laws for alcohol distribution can’t meet the needs for growing craft breweries.
Legislators are recognizing the economic impact craft beer is having on their states, and are working to find compromises between distributors and producers. Definitely an article to check out.
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