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May 24, 2017 - Iron Hill Will Open Rehoboth Beach Restaurant
NEWS RELEASE
The beloved local brewery and restaurant group will open Iron Hill Rehoboth Beach, marking the company’s long-anticipated expansion into Southern Delaware

Founders Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies are thrilled to announce that Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, the Mid-Atlantic region’s most-awarded and fastest-growing collection of brewpubs will open in Summer 2018 at 19791 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach, just south of Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach. This will be the third Delaware location for the Wilmington-based company, and their 14th planned location on the East Coast. Since opening their original brewery and restaurant in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill has remained dedicated to producing from-scratch food and hand-crafted beers in a warm and hospitable setting. Their 2016 equity investment from A&M Capital Opportunities positioned them to continue their plan for careful growth, with more brewer-driven locations expected to open over the next several years.

Finn, Edelson and Davies are viewed as innovative business leaders in their home state of Delaware and in the Mid-Atlantic region. They started Iron Hill at a time when small breweries were just beginning to gain mass appeal around the country and their forward-thinking concept – each individual location has their own head brewer – helped change overall perceptions about brewpubs. Delaware has seen a significant craft brewing boom in recent years and Iron Hill’s long-standing popularity among locals helped lead to the state tourism agency’s development of the Visit Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail in 2010. Iron Hill Rehoboth Beach will join fellow craft beer pioneer Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and six other breweries operating in Southern Delaware, one of the trendiest destinations for craft beer in the United States.

“As we continue to grow, we also wanted to deepen our commitment to our Delaware roots,” says President and Co-Founder Kevin Finn. “Our guests have long asked for us to open a location at the beach, and we are excited to join the thriving restaurant and brewing community in Rehoboth.”

May 19, 2017 - Brewbound: Castanea Partners Purchases Majority Stake in The Bruery
BREWBOUND (Chris Funari)
Popular southern California craft brewery The Bruery, which specializes in creating experimental sour and barrel-aged beer offerings, has sold a majority stake to Boston-area private equity firm Castanea Partners, Brewbound has learned.

In a conversation with Brewbound, The Bruery founder Patrick Rue, who launched the business in 2008 with his dad, Mike Rue, said the pair would retain a “substantial amount of equity.”

Patrick Rue will also continue to serve as the company’s CEO. “We chose to make Castanea a part of Famille Rue because of their talents and their appreciation and understanding of our vision, and because they want to contribute to our continuous improvement,” Rue wrote in a blog post on his company’s website. Read More...

May 18, 2017 - Brewers Association 2017 Beer Style Guidelines
NEWS RELEASE
The Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines are compiled for the Brewers Association (BA) by Charlie Papazian, copyright 1993 through and including 2017, with Style Guideline Committee assistance and review by Paul Gatza, Chuck Skypeck, Chris Swersey and suggestions from Great American Beer Festival® and World Beer Cup? judges.

Organizations or individuals that use the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines (“Guidelines”) must be aware that they are updated yearly with significant changes including editing, deletion and/or addition of beer styles. Changes are not tracked from year to year.

You can see the 2017 guidelines here.

May 15, 2017 - Yuengling’s Lagers for Heroes Campaign Enters its Second Year to Support the VFW
NEWS RELEASE
D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. is pleased to announce it will enter its second year of support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S through its “Lagers For Heroes” campaign.

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. will recognize the sacrifices that America’s veterans have made with a significant donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ assistance programs in the amount of $100,000. Yuengling, America’s Oldest Brewery began supporting the VFW through their “Lagers For Heroes” program in 2016. This year’s program runs May 29 to July 4, 2017 and promotes Yuengling Traditional Lager and Light Lager with the line “Grab A Lager & Toast A Hero.”

“We are thankful to the brave and dedicated service men and women who made tremendous sacrifices and served our country,” said Richard “Dick” Yuengling, President and Owner of Yuengling. “Generations of our family served, which reminds us today of the value and support VFW brings to our nation’s heroes.”

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May 13, 2017 - Rumor: Conshohocken Brewing Coming to Phoenixville
Repeat: only a rumor; we will confirm when and if we can
May 11, 2017 - 2017 Brewvitational Results: A Tie & a Double Win
PHILA INQUIRER (Craig LaBan)
It was bigger. It was Brewvi-er. It was open to the public!

The Inquirer’s annual Brewvitational competition for local craft beer held its eighth edition Thursday, capped by its first-ever public event — Taste of the Brewvitational — at the Reading Terminal Market. Hundreds of revelers came to the historic Market to sip, taste and vote on the best flagship beers from dozens of local breweries.

But first, a group of 12 expert judges gathered earlier in the day for a private blind tasting to determine the region’s best new beer as well as the best lager entry, this year’s focused style category. It was the largest field in the competition’s history, with nearly 80 entries from 41 breweries in three states. With the thirsty crowd looking on, the top three winners in the two judged categories were announced and presented with their Tiffany crystal mug Brewvi trophies. But not without some drama.

More here.