Monthly Archives: June 2017
As mega-multinationals continue to acquire American craft breweries, the Brewers Association (BA) has created a seal designating which beers are still produced by independents.
The seal features the silhouette of a beer bottle turned upside down, which, the BA says, “captures the spirit with which craft brewers have upended beer,” and the words “Brewers Association Certified Independent Craft.”
The seal is available for use free of charge by any of the more than 5,300 small and independent American craft brewers that have a valid TTB Brewer’s Notice, meet the BA’s craft brewer definition, and sign a license agreement. It is available to both member and non-member breweries of the BA.
A bit of news from the American Craft Spirits Association
H.R. 747, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, re-introduced earlier this year by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), has crossed the majority threshold in the U.S. House of Representatives, with more than 226 co-sponsors signed onto the bill, representing a clear, bipartisan majority in the U.S. House. The Senate, with a companion bill S. 236, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MN) is just shy of a majority as well.
As we countdown to the release of my new book, The Drinkable Globe, I’ll be featuring insights, images and videos from various aspects of drinking cultures around the world. This edition features some scenes from London Gin Festival 2017. Gin has been experiencing a worldwide renaissance, the epicenter of which is pretty much where it all began: Great Britain. What we today think of as modern gin is of the London Dry variety, so it’s fitting that we showcase the premier juniper spirit event in the United Kingdom’s capital city. Find out more about London gin and many other international beverages in The Drinkable Globe. Pre-order it here!
A bit of news from the Northwest Cider Association…
Eight Northwestern cideries took home gold medals at the Awards Party for the Northwest Cider Association’s 5th Annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) last night. For the second year running, a cidery from Montana, Western Cider Company, took home the competition’s highest honor and Cup– the Best In Show Award.
The party, hosted at Portland Cider Company’s Clackamas event space, drew 150 cidermakers and cider fans, celebrated ciders crafted in the Pacific Northwest, the largest cider market in the US for consumption and home to quarter of the country’s cidermakers. The competition, which was hosted at Square Mile Cider on April 9, increased by 150% this year, growing to over 150 ciders from over 40 cideries in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and featured 45 experienced industry judges.