SweetWater Brewing Company has plans to launch its craft brews in the Windy City in 2015. Following the brewery’s recent $19 million expansion, SweetWater plans to bring its lineup of beers into Chicagoland’s craft beer scene in April. SweetWater announced it will be working with Lakeshore Beverage to begin flowing in the market.
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Jack’s Abby, one of Massachusetts’ fastest growing craft breweries, is set to embark on a major expansion that will more than triple its brewing capacity. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based company announced its development plans, which will boost annual production capabilities and enable the brewery to expand distribution throughout New England.
Some beer brands have found tremendous success this year. Although some of America’s top brewers own some faltering brands, they also own some of the fastest growing ones. Anheuser-Busch InBev, for example, produces Bud Ice, Michelob Ultra, and Stella Artois, all of which shipped considerably more barrels last year than they did in 2008. According to data provided by Beer Marketer’s Insights, American barrel shipments of eight major brands increased by more than 20% between 2008 and 2013.
Google just dropped a ton of year-end data, and a consistent trend is that people are constantly using the search engine for Budweiser intel. Thrillist took a stab at analyzing the data in an effort to find where the biggest beer enthusiasts in the nation reside. Turns out the state with the most curiosity about brews is Pennsylvania, followed by Colorado, Wisconsin, Vermont, and Michigan.
Consumer confidence rose last week to a seven year-high as falling gas prices and continued job growth burnish American attitudes. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index climbed to 41.7 in the period ended Dec. 14, the highest reading since mid-November 2007, from 41.3 the week before. Monthly views on economic expectations rose to match a two-year high.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen restored clarity to the central bank’s monetary policy plans, saying it was on course to raise interest rates, though not right away, after officials issued a statement that some Fed-watchers found confusing.
For many brewers and drinkers of beer, winter is the time to think big. Heavy beers flavored like pie and as strong as a Napa cabernet proliferate in the season of short days, sleet and Arctic winds. Often served in snifters, high-calorie "winter warmers" are traditionally brewed to offset the cold weather with the warmth of Christmas spices, sugar and alcohol. Smithsonian Magazine lists eight winter beers to try this holiday season.
Craft brewers all across the country are pushing the envelope when it comes to creativity, brewing up libations in as many colors, styles and flavors as you can imagine. So it’s only fitting that they’ve given many of their creations some eyebrow-raising monikers. Sometimes a beer’s name has a story to tell that’s as interesting as the beverage itself. Food and Wine magazine has listed a few of its favorites.