The Daily Brew

4-24-14

Setting up a compressed natural gas fueling station isn’t the first time Champion Brands president Earl Benton has combined an environmental benefit with an economic one. The beer distributor executive started looking at switching his fleet to CNG about three years ago, he said, but the technology for trucks wasn’t yet at the level it needed to be. Once the CNG station is up and running, Belton has other energy-related plans, this time focused on the huge warehouse roofs that are now soaking up sunlight but not doing anything with it.

4-24-14

Each year, Rivers & Spires Festival organizers strive to make the next festival stand out from the last one. This year is certainly no different, with major new exhibitions ranging from Gig City Gaming to Johnsonville Brats’ World’s Largest Grill. Visitors will find their craft beer needs served by Ajax Distributing – local distributor of festival sponsor Coors – through the new Tennessee Beer Station. The beers will be from a host of small Tennessee producers, which provides an opportunity to sample something other than the big labels.

4-24-14

While most brewery taprooms are greeted with welcoming arms and thirsty customers, owners of a handful have clashed with their neighbors over parking, food trucks and zoning issues. Industry leaders say Colorado's regulatory climate, while not unique among some states, gets much of the credit for a taproom explosion that began nearly a decade ago. There are now 80 to 100 small breweries with taprooms on site — industry leaders don't know the exact number — where craft connoisseurs mix it up with their favorite brewmasters.

4-24-14

The Munster, Indiana-based craft brewery is planning a $10 million expansion, which would double the size of its facility and nearly triple production to 100,000 barrels annually. Despite the coming expansion, Co-Founder Nick Floyd emphasized that the company will continue business as usual. “We’re still making the same beer the same way. That’s important. We’re just getting a little bigger. We’re still minuscule compared to places like Bell’s, which is at 300,000 barrels."

4-24-14

“Without the Internet, I couldn’t remember anything,” says Gene Bonventre, reaching for his iPad. Bonventre, 53, logs into his account on RateBeer, a crowd-sourced beer review site, and searches his long list of conquests. With the handle “Travlr,” Bonventre joined RateBeer in November 2008 shortly after his retirement from the U.S. Air Force. Soon he had written brief descriptions of several hundred beers, scoring each on a five-point scale. Nearly 5 1/2 years and hundreds of group tasting sessions later, Bonventre soon will rate his 10,000th beer, a feat only 30 people in the world, six of them Americans, have accomplished.

4-24-14

The American middle class is losing ground in more ways than one. Workers in other advanced countries aren’t just closing the income gap with Americans, as an article Tuesday on The Upshot reported. They are doing so while working fewer hours.

4-24-14

More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week as the Easter holiday period made it more difficult to adjust the data for seasonal variations.

4-24-14

The Huffington Post highlights three beers you should try this spring.

4-24-14

Facebook has figured out mobile. The social networking giant said that mobile ads accounted for 59% of its advertising revenue in the first three months of the year, up from 30% a year prior.

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