(January 20, 2011) Ithaca, N.Y. - The Ithaca Beer Company is excited to announce the arrival of its brand new bottling line!

With the new line, Ithaca Beer has the ability to bottle up to 80 bottles/minute, which will quadruple output capabilities and improve the bottled product quality. It will also allow Ithaca Beer to automate the bottling process of the Excelsior! Series, which was manually bottled on a 6-filler line prior.

"As a company, we always strive to improve at what we do. This happens to be one really big improvement for us," says Company Owner, Dan Mitchell.

The bottling line, which took more than 6 months to build, arrived in Ithaca on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, and finally came to rest inside the brewery the following afternoon. Weighing a whopping 15,000 pounds, the line needed four differently sized forklifts - one of which could lift nearly 30,000 pounds - to move it into place.

The line was manufactured in Ceresole d'Alba, Italy, by GAI Company (www.gai-it.com) founded in 1946. The line has 16 fillers, 16 rinsers, and three crowners.

Upon listing all the features of the new line, Ithaca Beer Brewmaster, Jeff O'Neil smiled and added, "It's pretty sexy."

Ithaca Beer anticipates the new line will be fully running by the end of this week. The line will be on display to the public starting this weekend during regularly scheduled brewery tours.

Photos:  http://www.ithacabeer.com/bottlingline.php

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Sebago Brewing Company Set To Release Wildly Popular Seasonal Ale Full Throttle Double IPA

Release party on February 9th at Great Lost Bear in Portland, 6 - 8pm
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Sprecher Releases Small Batch Black IPA

Glendale, WI - "Awesome," "Flavorful," "Complex," "Drinkable," "This Black IPA Rocks!" At Sprecher we believe words matter. So when we heard these comments about our Small Batch Black IPA, we knew we had something special. Although seemingly a contradiction, Black India Pale Ale is a combination that some consider the best of both worlds.
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Arnaudville, January 6, 2011 - Arnaudville's Bayou Teche Brewing is releasing the third in their LA-31 series of beers. The beer, LA-31 Grenade is brewed with wheat and passion fruit. The beer is named for the Cajun French word for the fruit which grows wild around Acadiana.

Said Bayou Teche's brew master Karlos Knott, "Passion fruit vines grew wild on the fences of our grandfather's farm. It still grows abundantly around our family's crawfish pond and behind the brewery along the banks of the Bayou Teche. As boys, my brothers and I ate a lot of them growing up. Now when they are in season, after a hot day's work we look forward to sitting in the shade of a large oak tree on that bayou, enjoying the pulpy, tropical fruit till we nearly make ourselves sick."

When they arrived in Acadiana, the French-speaking settlers encountered the passion fruit vines growing here and named the fruit grenade (pronounced gruh-nod). Grenade is the standard French word for the pomegranate (which the passion fruit resembles), though Cajuns still use that word for the passion fruit to this day. Its juice has a refreshingly tropical, guava-like, sweet/tart flavor.

Said Knott, "Grenade is our wheat beer, which we brew to quench Acadiana's warm weather thirsts. The ale is the color of a South Louisiana sun, and pours with the bright citrus flavor of passion fruit."

Grenade beer was crafted to pair with the Acadiana's lighter fare. The brewery brews the beer to go with a Creole brunch, or dinner salads; Sunday baked chicken, or crabmeat au gratin. One pairing was discovered accidentally by the brewers. On night, one of their favorite restaurants offered them raw oysters and they already had ordered glasses of Grenade. "The citric acidity of the Grenade and the fresh, Gulf-water saltiness of the oysters makes it one of my favorite pairings." says Knott.

Grenade is available both on tap and in 12 ounce bottles in stores, restaurants and bars around Louisiana. Knott said, "We definitely wanted to offer this beer in bottles. That way, like us ya'll can find the shade of large moss-drenched oak tree on a bayou nearby and enjoy a cold one."

For more information contact Karlos Knott at (337)303-8000; 1106 Bushville Hwy, Arnaudville, LA 70512; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Brewers Association just announced that they've changed their definition of "craft brewer."

Boulder, CO • January 3, 2011-The board of directors of the Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has voted to change the BA's designation of "small" in its definition of a "craft brewer." The Association's board of directors also has revised its bylaws to reflect the change.

In the BA's craft brewer definition, the term "small" now refers to any independent brewery that produces up to 6 million barrels of traditional beer. The previous definition capped production at 2 million barrels. The changed definition is currently in effect and can be reviewed on the BA website, BrewersAssociation.org. The change to the bylaws went into effect December 20, 2010.

In the Brewers Association's bylaws, two classes of membership (Professional Packaging Brewers and Associate membership) have been redefined with a qualifying barrelage of 6 million barrels versus 2 million barrels.

The association cited several reasons for the change, including the recognition that "small" is a descriptive term relative to the overall size of the industry.

"Thirty-four years have passed since the original small brewers tax differential defined small brewers as producing less than 2 million barrels," said Nick Matt, chair of the Brewers Association board of directors and chairman and CEO of F.X. Matt Brewing Company. "A lot has changed since 1976. The largest brewer in the U.S. has grown from 45 million barrels to 300 million barrels of global beer production."

Matt added, "The craft brewer definition and bylaws now more accurately reflect and align with our government affairs efforts." On the legislative front in 2010, the Brewers Association supported H.R. 4278/S. 3339, which sought to update the cap on an excise tax differential for small brewers to 6 million barrels per year in production for their first 2 million barrels.
Retaining Market Share for Craft Brewers

The industry's largest craft brewer, The Boston Beer Company, is poised to become the first craft brewer to surpass 2 million barrels of traditional beer within the next few years. Loss of The Boston Beer Company's production in craft brewing industry statistics would inaccurately reflect on the craft brewing industry's market share.

In addition to Boston Beer, the current growth trajectory of other sizable BA member breweries places them on a course approaching the 2 million barrel threshold in the coming years.

"With this change to the craft brewer definition and BA bylaws, statistics will continue to accurately reflect the 30-year growth of market share for craft brewed beer," said Matt. "Brewers Association statistics on craft brewers will continue to keep pace with the growth of the industry."

Craft brewed beer market share is now approximately five percent of the U.S. beer industry, and growing. The BA has a stated mission of helping America's craft brewers achieve more than five percent market share by 2013.

Matt added, "Rather than removing members due to their success, the craft brewing industry should be celebrating our growth."

Paul Gatza, Brewers Association Director
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(Los Angeles, CA) – Community activists, forward-thinking elected officials, innovative researchers, sustainable businesses, cutting edge green technologies and a young eco-activist are among the honorees to be recognized today at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 12th annual Environmental Awards Ceremony held in downtown Los Angeles, Calif.
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Longmont Brewery releases beers to fight SADness (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

(LONGMONT, CO) - One hundred & twenty seven days of blackness. Three thousand and forty-eight hours before the clocks are switched again. Welcome to Fade to Black, Volume II. That time of year when the day seems to fade away. Drifting further into the darkness with each passing day.
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Wednesday, 01 December 2010 14:09

Breckenridge & Wynkoop Enter 50/50 Joint Venture

Denver, CO - December 1, 2010 - Breckenridge Holding Company, the owner and operator of the Breckenridge Brewery and other food and beverage concepts, announces plans to enter into a 50/50 joint venture agreement with Wynkoop Holdings, Inc., the Denver-based owner of seven brewpubs and restaurants located in Denver and Colorado Springs.
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"Spelt Wine" Marks Inaugural Release of Highly Innovative Beer Project

BROOKLYN, NY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 - The Sixpoint Brewers today announced the launch of its Mad Scientists line of beers.
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CHERRY HILL, NJ - New Jersey's largest craft brewery, Flying Fish Brewing Company (1940 Olney Avenue, 856-489-0061), is proud to debut their new Exit 13 Chocolate Stout, the latest entry in their "Exit Series" of big-bottle beers honoring their home state of New Jersey.
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