“NBWA raises a glass in celebration of our nation’s Constitution, including the 21st Amendment’s role in establishing the effective state-based alcohol regulatory system that we have in America today,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “America’s 3,300 independent, licensed beer distributors – and the 130,000 men and women in the industry – are proud to be part of this effective system of alcohol controls that works to protect the public and provide consumers with unparalleled choice and variety.”
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The NFL continues to face increasing pressure to address the behavior of some of its players. Anheuser-Busch weighed in with a statement that expressed the company's dissatisfaction. The statement read: "We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. We are not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. "We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league."
Cheaha Brewing Company in Anniston, Alabama, announced that it has begun offering keg distribution of its craft beer. Cheaha will supply the kegs through beer distributor Supreme Beverage Company. “We are very proud and very excited to partner with them and to bring local beer to the rest of the craft brands that we already distribute,” said Barry Clough, branch sales manager for Supreme Beverage.
Although the common business adage “the customer is always right” might not apply to all businesses, some beverage brands are collecting consumer insights to help guide their new product development. In fact, one beverage manufacturer exclusively uses consumer feedback to create its products. Madison, Wisconsin-based MobCraft Beer LLC, which describes itself as the world’s first and only crowdsourced brewery, crafts every new beer in its portfolio using consumer feedback.
The iKeg from SteadyServ Technologies is a sensor that attaches to beer kegs and links to an app that provides information about supply levels and integrates with an inventory management system. David Christman, senior director of State & Industry Affairs at the National Beer Wholesalers Association, called SteadyServ a "neat idea" that will benefit restaurants and bars. He said, "other than the old-fashioned try to lift keg … there hasn't really been a scientific measure of how much is left in there. This is a way to know this keg is about to be empty and another needs to be reordered."
Daniel Bradford, owner of All About Beer Magazine for 22 years, has sold Chautauqua, Inc. to a North Carolina company led by Christopher Rice. “I’m excited about the energy and resources Chris and the All About Beer team will bring to both magazine and festivals,” Bradford said. He purchased the company in 1992 and created the first World Beer Festival in Durham in 1996, later adding others at multiple locations.
Sean Lilly Wilson, the founder of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, and a growing number of Southern craft beer makers believe that the epitome of Southern beer has to do with local ingredients.
The cost of living in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped in August for the first time in more than a year, showing inflation still is falling short of the Federal Reserve’s goal as policymakers meet.
A good pilsner is a great party beer: it's refreshing and easy-drinking, but still offers enough interesting flavor to please serious beer enthusiasts. SeriousEats.com asked their team of beer experts to list the best pilsners on the market.