Blue Rock Distributing Company has a long history that dates back to 1913 when it was first established in Fairview, Montana. Today, Blue Rock is the largest soft drink, wholesale beer and wine distributing organization in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota. The Blue Rock family employs over 125 people at five locations.
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Laurelwood Brewing Company based in Portland, Oregon, has announced a major expansion into national markets by partnering with Craft Brew Alliance. Odom Corporation Wholesale Beverage Distributors will also begin to distribute their beers in Idaho and Alaska, with California and British Columbia in the works.
Grimm Artisanal Ales based in Brooklyn, New York, has announced the release of their very first batch of beer called “From the Hip.” Beginning in July 2013, their ales will be available on draft in craft beer bars across New York City as well as a select few outlets in upstate New York including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Albany.
Deschutes Brewery based in Bend, Oregon, is toasting 25 years with the 6th vintage of its imperial porter, Black Butte XXV. In the next few weeks, Black Butte XXV will be introduced in 22-ounce wax-dipped bottles and on draft to most of the 21 states where Deschutes Brewery beers are sold.
There are currently about 50 universities in the U.S. that have food science programs, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With a handful offering courses in subjects such as enology, viticulture and the fermentation sciences, experts say more students than ever are graduating with a new kind of alcohol education. "It's an academic field that is growing like crazy," says Thomas Shellhammer, a professor in Oregon State University's food science and technology department.
More craft breweries are starting to call it quits on bottles and sell beer exclusively in cans, say beer industry experts. Adrian Perez, high-end brands manager at L&F Distributors in El Paso, Texas, says cans are also convenient. “Craft beers in cans are through the roof. It’s the new want and need: environmentally fresh, and just in demand,” said Perez.
Republican tax writers in the House say they’re willing to move a tax reform bill out of the Ways and Means Committee without Democratic votes. Top GOP members of the panel acknowledge that passing a bipartisan product would give the House more leverage and stress they’re still looking to win over committee Democrats.
The most often-repeated question: Pairing food with beer seems to have endless possibilities, but where do I start? A fair question with an over-simplified answer: Drink more beer. Yep, force yourself to venture down the ever-expanding beer aisle at your local grocery store or local liquor store and buy the beer you never thought to buy.
Looking to expand your beer horizons this summer? There are so many beers to choose from that it's hard to know where to start. James David Breen, Arkansas' only Certified Cicerone and the vice president of sales at Arkansas Craft Distributors, offers his six picks.