The Brewers Association (BA) recently launched a seal to certify that a craft brewer is independent. This seal is, at least in part, in response to the global beer monoliths buying up formerly independent craft brewers as the large brewers’ share of the market started to shrink. With more macro producers claiming independent micro and craft beer status via acquisitions, the time is ripe to clarify for consumers whether the beer they are buying is truly from a small, independent, craft brewery. (more…)
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On June 24, the people of Reykjavik, Iceland will get a taste of Maine in their hometown – 78 taps of beer to be exact. After years of planning and a great deal of collaboration between the Maine Brewers Guild and various brewers and industry partners throughout the state, the Maine Beer Box, a traveling international beer festival, was born. The 40-foot refrigerated shipping container features 78 taps from more than 50 Maine breweries. After completing the nine-day maiden voyage to Iceland, the beer will be served to more than 1,000 people at the BjórFestival. (more…)
As purveyors of beverages containing alcohol, most craft brewers, distillers and wineries are aware of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax And Trade Bureau (“TTB”) rules for labels, and the sometimes onerous task involved in getting those labels approved. To avoid extra expenses and delays, those who are not aware of the TTB requirements need to quickly get up to speed on those rules or engage counsel who can guide you through the process. We cannot overstate the importance of following TTB rules, and making sure every label change conforms with the rules, including new approvals where necessary. The TTB takes the rules very seriously. So seriously that it annually conducts a random compliance investigation and publicly publishes the results of that investigation. (more…)
Verrill Dana’s Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries Group is excited to sponsor this year’s Brew Talks New England, part of Brewbound’s traveling series of meetup events for professionals in the brewing industry, on October 24 at Jack’s Abby in Framingham, Massachusetts. The program will offer both educational and networking opportunities for both new and veteran brewers, distributors, retailers, investors and other professionals interested in the craft beer industry.
Learn more about the event and register here. Please note, 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to a local charity selected by the host brewery.
We hope to see you there!
Appellate briefing to the Second Circuit was completed earlier this week in Manhattan Beer Distributors LLC v. NLRB, a case in which the NLRB, in 2015, held that Manhattan Beer Distributors violated an employee’s Weingarten rights when they terminated a distribution employee who “reeked” of marijuana after he refused to submit to a drug test without a union representative present.
In NLRB v. J. Weingarten Inc. (1975), the U.S. Supreme Court held that an employee has a statutory right to request a union representative during an investigative interview which the employee reasonably believes could result in disciplinary action. In the current action, the question was whether the submission to a drug test was “an investigatory interview” which would thus result in the employee having Weingarten rights. (more…)
In a story drawn from the dreams of a back-packing college student, the Associated Press reports that Belgian brewery owner Xavier Vanneste used crowdfunding to help finance development of a two-mile pipeline to pump thousands of gallons of beer each day from his brewery in historic Bruges, Belgium to an industrial zone for bottling.
While building a pipeline seems better suited for oil barons than a Belgian brewer, Venneste’s offer of dividends in the form of one bottle of beer each day for the rest of your life seems to have foamed the fancy of many a European beer enthusiast.
So could crowdfunding turn your craft brewing “pipe” dream into a reality? (more…)
Nothing goes better with a cold one than a bird. Think about it – fried chicken, wings – nothing takes down a case of beer munchies like . . .
(Hold on, I’m being told that this blog post is supposed to be about the growing popularity of combining bird watching with craft brewery tours.)
At any rate, our good friends at the Maine Brew Bus are again teaming up with Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply to offer a series of tours throughout the year that will allow you dear reader, to check out some of the finest fowl our great state has to offer while simultaneously visiting some great local breweries.
No promises, but if you go to one of these events, I think we all know what you’ll be saying.
Cool story in yesterday’s Portland Press Herald about collaboration between a couple of prominent locals: Liquid Riot has distilled some leftover Sebago Brewing beer (Bonfire Rye ale) to produce a whiskey-like liquor called Bonfire Spirit. Starting April 28th, Sebago will be selling it at its four brewpubs. One catch: there are just 200 12-ounce bottles so it will go fast.
The PPH story details the process in which Sebago and Liquid Riot ended up working together on the creation and also recaps some of the other cross pollination that goes on in the local scene between bars, brewers and distillers.
All and all, some nice publicity for Sebago and Liquid Riot and a good look at the history of southern Maine brewers working with their colleagues/competitors.
This coming Friday, April 1st (insert obligatory April Fools joke), The Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine will serve as host for the first ever New England Craft Brew Summit. I hope all of our readers will have a chance to attend as the event looks to be incredibly informative and, obviously, a really great time.
But I think this event speaks to a larger point that is incredibly important for our community. Craft beverage makers are having an impact on the New England economy that extends far beyond their tasting rooms or storefronts. The number of supporting industry members attending speaks for itself. But it is great to see that this opportunity for Maine and New England at large is attracting the attention of some of our politicians, as both Senator Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree will be in attendance at the event. All in all, it looks to be a great time, and the event bodes well for the growth of the craft beer and alcoholic beverage industry in New England.
The Portland City Council voted on Monday to require Portland breweries to pay a $500 fee to operate their tasting rooms. According to the Portland Press Herald article linked below, Councilor Suslovic believes the city has a legitimate public safety concern in regulating tasting rooms. The vote is likely also in response to recent complaints from bar owners, who feel the breweries have an advantage over bars. Regardless of the reasons for the vote, the license requirement goes into effect next month.
Portland Press Herald article here: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/03/21/portland-imposes-500-fee-on-breweries-with-tasting-rooms/