With the arrival of two 30-barrel fermenters, Helm’s Brewing Company has more than doubled their brewing capacity from 750 barrels per year to over 2,000 barrels per year. The two new fermenters coincide with Helm’s Brewing’s new partnership with Statewide Distribution Company. “This expansion is a great opportunity for us to keep up with the demand of Helm’s beer in San Diego, an will also give us the opportunity to expand our product to all of Southern California,” said Matt Johnson, general manager at Helm’s Brewing Company.
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Half-Full announced their new partnership with ROGO Distributors of East Hartford, which will allow the brewery to expand into three new markets around the University of Connecticut and Hartford areas. Founder of Half-Full Brewery, Conor Horrigan, said,“We are extremely excited about our new partnership with ROGO. Their team brings a depth and breadth of knowledge, service, and relationships that will allow us to properly share our local, handcrafted beers with the people of Hartford, Windham, and Tolland counties.”
The owner of a Yakima, Washington, market has become creative in order to hold onto his alcohol. The store has installed locked cabinets and keeps empty liquor boxes on shelves. Customers wishing to buy alcohol are required to ask an employee to fetch it. Wray's Fresh Market isn’t alone in the struggle. Many other liquor stores in the area reported problems following changes to Washington’s liquor system, which expanded private liquor sales.
The Atlantic analyzes the March 2014 issue of Beverage Industry, which offers a through-the-looking-glass portrait of the beer industry in the United States today.
Russia’s illegal vodka trade accounted for 55% of the whole vodka market in 2013, while production of legal vodka declined by almost 17% in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report in The Moscow Times. A state-enforced price increase combined with a “flourishing” illegal market, was blamed for the drop, as reported in Kommersant on Tuesday.
Even as a number of indicators point to better economic times ahead, the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, Janet L. Yellen, reiterated on Wednesday that she expected interest rates to remain very low until the recovery is on a more secure footing and the American economy is more fully involving available workers and other resources.
Draft Magazine highlights a list of interesting fruit and beer pairings that are sure to add flavor to any gathering.