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October 25, 2016 - Pa. Senate Passes Bill Permitting Six-pack Sales by Beer Distributors
More than two months after sweeping liquor reforms took effect, state lawmakers are looking to pass a bottle — or six — to beer distributors.

The state Senate on Monday passed a bill that would give beer distributors the ability to sell takeout beer by the six-pack, in growlers or any amount the beer distributor chooses.

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The beer-centric bill, which passed 48-0, was in direct response to the new state law, known as Act 39. That legislation largely left beer distributors out while many other retailers, including grocery and convenience stores, were allowed to sell takeout wine if they were already selling beer.

Beer distributors, who have been lobbying for expanded options to stay competitive, largely depend on case sales. Last year, smaller packaging options hit the shelves in beer distributors, with 12-packs being the lowest amount they could sell.


October 12, 2016 - Brooklyn Brewery Sells Minority Stake to Japan’s Kirin Brewery
BREWBOUND (Chris Funari)
Brooklyn Brewery said Wednesday it had struck a two-pronged deal with Japan’s Kirin Brewery that would include the sale of a minority stake and the establishment of a new joint venture in Japan.

As part of the two companies’ capital partnership, the Japanese beer company will acquire “an approximately 24.5 percent stake” in Brooklyn Brewery, according to a press release.

Read the complete story here.

October 12, 2016 - Goose Island Brewpub Coming to Philadelphia in 2017
PHILLY.COM (Michael Klein)
You can count on two major growth areas: One is the region's beer scene, as brewpubs and breweries are popping up all over. Two is the exploding development around Frankford Avenue and Delaware Avenue in Fishtown, as the Fillmore and SugarHouse have become a magnet for other entertainment destinations such as Revolutions, Punch Line, and the soon-to-open Philadelphia Distilling. (I'll also soon be telling you about a "man cave"-theme lounge on the way.)

Now, combine Fishtown and Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer.

Next year, a Goose Island brewpub is expected to open in a former dry-ice plant on Laurel Street, around the corner from the Fillmore and behind Punch Line. Word of the project trickled out in August, after a liquor license was posted on the building.

The project is a confirmed go. The lease was signed last week, reports Core Realty. Read More,

October 09, 2016 - GABF 2016: A Changing of the Guard & An Embarrassing Mistake
Pennsylvania breweries, which have been the most prolific winners among East Coast entrants at the annual Great American Beer Festival in recent times, recording double figure medals year after year, dropped back into the pack in 2016 judging, bringing home seven awards while Virginia breweries rolled out an impressive 14-win performance.

The seven wins tied Pennsylvania with Ohio for second place in the East, but the latter would have won the #2 spot all by itself if not for a stunning error by Brewers Association officials. Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon, which had won the Mid-Size Brewery of the Year Award was stripped of the title about an hour after judging concluded and the honor was then awarded to California's Karl Strauss Brewing. The official statement:

“During competition registration, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. self-identified their San Diego location as a Mid-Size Brewpub. After the award ceremony, GABF competition staff realized that this was inaccurate: this location is, in fact, a Mid-Size Brewing Company. Karl Strauss, while it operates brewpubs, is classified as a production facility by GABF competition guidelines.

That's a pretty embarrassing moment for a group which has run these competitions for 35 years.

Overall, winners were chosen from 7,227 competition entries (nearly nine percent more than the 6,647 entries in 2015 and surpassing all previous participation records) from 1,752 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

Six of Pennsylvania's medals were garnered by breweries in the Delaware Valley region, with 2SP Brewing (Gold - The Russian Imperial Stout, Bronze - Antonym - Belgian-style Ale),and Neshaminy Creek Brewing (Bronzes for Churhville Lager & Croyden Is Burning Smoke Beer) leading the way with two each; Two Rivers Brewing took Gold for Six Finger Sam Saison and the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Group kept its unbroken GABF streak alive with Bronze for Bridge Street Bock from its Phoenixville location. The overall total for the region was nine when two medals for New Jersey's Flying Fish are added in (Silver - RedFish Bitter, Bronze - Hop Fish IPA). Flying Fish has become a major player over the past five years, taking a total of seven medals.

The other Pennsylvania win went to Philadelphia's Yards Brewing Co. (Silver - Love Stout).

Of Note: The win for Churchville Lager was its second, following up on a Gold in 2013, and the 2SP wins marked the return of medal-machine Bob Barrar to the winner's circle after a hiatus during which he helped create 2SP as a part owner. The Gold Medal winning The Russian took top honors in a category in which Barrar was a recurring winner while at Iron Hill.