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A look behind beer's hidden secret to success: carbon dioxide

Yeast, barley, hops - these are the ingredients most frequently thought of when considering what goes into beer. Many forget that carbon dioxide plays an equally important role in making everyone's favorite brews. One brewer goes through as much as 1,000 tons of liquid carbon dioxide annually. Read more about beer's secret ingredient here. 

Meet Anheuser-Busch's first Black female brewmaster

Natalie Johnson has made history, becoming the first Black female brewmaster for Anheuser Busch InBev. Her appointment by the beer giant highlights the increasing racial diversity of the beer industry. Check out the full article for an interview with Johnson to read about her interest in brewing and promoting diversity within the industry.

Officials cracking down on illegal wine shipments in Michigan

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is suing two California entities for illegally shipping wine and beer directly to consumers. “Our state’s liquor laws were drafted to protect the health, safety and welfare of Michiganders, and my office will use its authority to aggressively enforce those regulations,” Nessel said. “I want to make it very clear that companies who do business in Michigan must follow the rules, and my office will continue to work with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to ensure our laws are respected.” Learn more here.

Pizza and beer: the perfect pairing

Happy pizza and beer day! Why does this combo deserve its own dedicated day? The flavors just go together so seamlessly - caramel notes with acidic tomatoes, bitter hops with fatty cheese, sweet stout with earthy mushrooms - the combinations are endless. Read the full article for more on the dreamy duo.

Truly Hard Seltzer releases customizable Dream Pack

Truly Hard Seltzer has created a fully customizable 12-can Dream Pack. Truly sippers are able to handpick 12 Truly cans from the classic brand flavors to the more adventurous side. Or, individuals can choose their top three favorites and fill the 12-pack with those. Read the full article to learn how Truly superfans can get their hands on a Dream Pack.

Supply shortage: the 'candemic'

The widespread, prolonged aluminum can shortage has caused the perfect storm during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cans as a drink package were already rising in popularity, and then producers that focused on draft beer had to pivot to packaging - all while consumers loaded up on products to minimize outings. For more analysis and comments from the National Beer Wholesalers Association Chief Economist Lester Jones, read the full article.

Without COVID relief, restaurants and small business face closure

As many as one in 20 small businesses in the U.S. face possible closure without additional financial assistance, according to estimates from the International Franchisee Association. More aid is particularly crucial for the survival of restaurants as the arrival of colder temperatures threatens outdoor dining options. For more information, read the full article.