New Orleans craft brewery NOLA Brewing Company has partnered with Brown Distributing for distribution in Florida. Kirk Coco, CEO of NOLA Brewing, said, “We were fortunate enough to meet with all of the distributors, but when it came down to making the decision, we felt the folks at Brown Distributing just understood our brand, our growth plans and were the most capable team to support our beers.”
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White Lion formally introduced itself to the Bay State and was welcomed by a host of local politicians, public figures and business professionals at a launch party in Springfield, Massachusetts. White Lion will have an initial distribution area of Western and Central Massachusetts, thanks to a partnership with Williams Distributing, Girardi Distributors and Quality Beverage Inc. “We’re being very strategic, but at the same time we’re very fortunate to have a very strong distribution pipeline to get our product out there,” said Ray Berry, White Lion president.
Take 16’s brewer, Luke Rensink, will spend the next couple of weeks doing some test brewing before the commercial brewing process kicks off. The plan is to start producing beer in approximately 8- and 16-gallon kegs initially, which will be available in area liquor stores. The brewery also plans to have Take 16 beer on tap at several area bars and restaurants by Thanksgiving. Hagen Distributing of Worthington, Minnesota, will handle distribution for the Take 16 brand locally.
To better integrate craft beer into culinary curriculums, the Brewers Association published the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course. Co-authored by chef Adam Dulye, Brewers Association culinary consultant, and Julia Herz, craft beer program director at the Brewers Association, the curriculum is ideal for culinary institutions, food establishments, beverage students and beer educators.
Did you know that at the end of last year, when the number of breweries was climbing steadily past 2,700, hops reached an estimated usage of 1.3 pounds of hops per barrel? And, in terms of contracts, more than 90 percent of all breweries are contracted, some for as little as 88 pounds? Craft Brewing Business gives the facts about hops along with a video showing how hops are grown.
Quantitative easing may turn out to be a gift that keeps on giving for the U.S. economy. As the Federal Reserve prepares to end its third round of bond buying next week, the central bank plans to hang on to the record $4.48 trillion balance sheet it has accumulated since announcing the first round of purchases in November 2008.
Some pumpkin beers are like “Hocus Pocus” and some are like “The Exorcist;” it just depends what you’re in the mood for this season. Draft Magazine has 10 you should try: five brews under 6% ABV that are tasty pumpkin treats, and five above 8% ABV that are more pumpkin-forward.