TN: Closing Loophole Protects Beer Sellers and Consumers

In an op-ed for The Tennessean, DET Distributing President Fred Dettwiller and BountyBev President Kurt Strickmaker write: "International beer conglomerates want to come in and monopolize our three-tier system, which would put Tennessee jobs and businesses at risk while eliminating competition and consumer choice in the marketplace ... The good news is that Tennessee legislators can easily prevent this from happening by closing a loophole in Tennessee law to maintain competition and choice."

OR: Hopworks Urban Brewery Expands Distribution to Alaska and Hawaii

Portland's Hopworks Urban Brewery announced it has added three new fermentation tanks to expand its brewing capacity to 22,000 barrels annually. Starting in March, Hopworks beer will be available in leading taphouses, grocery stores and markets in Alaska and Hawaii. K&L Distributors Inc. was selected to bring Hopworks beer to accounts in Anchorage, Fairbanks and the surrounding area. In Hawaii, Hopworks is partnering with Craft Northwest Distributors for accounts on Oahu.

FL: Funky Buddha Expands Distribution in State

Floridian Hefeweizen. Hop Gun India pale ale. Crusher Session India pale ale. Tampa Bay consumers will start seeing these brand names on taps in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties come March 25. Funky Buddha is a five-year-old brewery based in Oakland Park. Statewide partner Brown Distributing will deliver Funky Buddha beers as the brewery widens its distribution and starts selling six-pack bottles later this year.

Baking With Beer: Cooks Craft Treats Good for What Ales You

Now you can have your beer, and eat it too, as local bakers are finding new ways to use flavorful brews. For most recipes, beer can be substituted as the liquid of choice. But beer baking doesn’t have to stop there. Betty Crocker has an assortment of recipes online devoted to mixing beer into sweets, from ice cream to cheesecake and Lemon Shandy Cupcakes to Chocolate Stout Cupcakes.

Personal Spending Fell in January for the Second Straight Month

The Bureau of Economic Analysis said that personal spending decreased by 0.2 percent in January, falling for the second straight month. Durable and nondurable goods spending were also lower in both December and January, and these data suggest that Americans remain cautious in their spending. Of course, there could also be other factors at play, such as lower gasoline prices and heavy snow storms in some regions of the country. Still, on a year-over-year basis, personal spending has increased 3.6 percent.