The Daily Brew

12-18-14

SweetWater Brewing Company has plans to launch its craft brews in the Windy City in 2015. Following the brewery’s recent $19 million expansion, SweetWater plans to bring its lineup of beers into Chicagoland’s craft beer scene in April. SweetWater announced it will be working with beer distributor Lakeshore Beverage to begin flowing in the market.

12-18-14

The holiday celebrations of 900 Northwest Indiana individuals and families will be brighter thanks to a food distribution partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana and three businesses. This is the fourth year that Chicago-based Indiana Beverage of Valparaiso sponsored the distribution of 150 holiday meals at each of the six Boys & Girls Club sites in Hammond, Gary, East Chicago, Merrillville, Lake Station and Cedar Lake.

12-18-14

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. plans to better access international markets as part of a deal announced with a Spanish brewery. In the deal, Founders Brewing will sell a 30-percent minority stake of the company to Mahou San Miguel, a family-owned company that operates seven brewing operations in Spain and one in India.

12-18-14

Google just dropped a ton of year-end data, and a consistent trend is that people are constantly using the search engine for Budweiser intel. Thrillist took a stab at analyzing the data in an effort to find where the biggest beer enthusiasts in the nation reside. Turns out the state with the most curiosity about brews is Pennsylvania, followed by Colorado, Wisconsin, Vermont and Michigan.

12-18-14

Jack’s Abby, one of Massachusetts’ fastest growing craft breweries, is set to embark on a major expansion that will more than triple its brewing capacity. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based company announced its development plans, which will boost annual production capabilities and enable the brewery to expand distribution throughout New England.

12-18-14

Consumer confidence rose last week to a seven year-high as falling gas prices and continued job growth burnish American attitudes. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index climbed to 41.7 in the period ended Dec. 14, the highest reading since mid-November 2007, from 41.3 the week before. Monthly views on economic expectations rose to match a two-year high.

12-18-14

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen restored clarity to the central bank’s monetary policy plans, saying it was on course to raise interest rates, though not right away, after officials issued a statement that some Fed-watchers found confusing.

12-18-14

For many brewers and drinkers of beer, winter is the time to think big. Heavy beers flavored like pie and as strong as a Napa cabernet proliferate in the season of short days, sleet and Arctic winds. Often served in snifters, high-calorie "winter warmers" are traditionally brewed to offset the cold weather with the warmth of Christmas spices, sugar and alcohol. Smithsonian Magazine lists eight winter beers to try this holiday season.

12-18-14

Craft brewers all across the country are pushing the envelope when it comes to creativity, brewing up libations in as many colors, styles and flavors as you can imagine. So it’s only fitting that they’ve given many of their creations some eyebrow-raising monikers. Sometimes a beer’s name has a story to tell that’s as interesting as the beverage itself. Food and Wine magazine has listed a few of its favorites.

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