Jacksonville is one step closer to having its first public access CNG station, with the groundbreaking ceremony held this week by Champion Brands and Trillium CNG. Speakers praised Champion Brands CEO Earl Benton for his decision to make the fueling station open to public use. Because of its public access, smaller companies will have more incentive to convert their fleets to natural gas — which is cheaper and cleaner burning than diesel — without the overhead of having to install their own fueling station.
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AlaBev announced the packaging of flagship beers from Yellowhammer Brewery coming in early August. Three year-round favorites, Yellowhammer White, Rebellion and Lost Highway, will be offered in six packs at Huntsville retailers, restaurants and bars, as well as select Birmingham retailers. “Yellowhammer Brewery is stepping out to provide a more diverse selection of bottled craft beers in the Huntsville market,” states Harry Kampakis, Owner of AlaBev. “Not only does this give variety to the people, but also leaves no limitations on enjoying this brew."
When Lagunitas Brewing Co. fills its beer bottles, Northern California's Russian River provides the main ingredient. Lagunitas has become one of the fastest-growing stars of California's booming craft beer scene. But the Russian River is shrinking after three years of punishing drought. "We are at the maximum growth threshold here in California because of water," said Leon Sharyon, chief financial officer for Lagunitas, which uses nearly 2 million gallons of river water a year at its Petaluma brewery.
If you've ever wondered why craft beer is so expensive, the hop flower — perhaps never more in demand by artisanal brewers than it is today — is a big reason why. There just aren't enough of them out there — which is why Greenville, South Carolina, brewers like Brewery 85's Will McCameron finds himself scouring for hops, if he hasn't already locked himself into multiyear contracts with West Coast growers.
U.S. economic growth accelerated more than expected in the second quarter and the decline in output in the prior period was less steep than previously reported, bolstering views for a stronger performance in the last six months of the year.
DineEquity Chief Executive Officer Julia Stewart made some remarks about the future direction of Applebee’s and its continued traffic decline last quarter during an earnings call this week. Stewart mentioned during the call that there is a “tremendous opportunity” to make its bars “more modern, more contemporary, more relevant” through better beer. “Think of us as really exploring what we could do in craft beer,” she said. Indeed, if people are drinking more craft beer, it would make sense that offering this product would also boost restaurants’ sales.
Bon Appetit magazine highlights different shandies that are great to sip on during hot summer days.