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In the News: Reforming Beer Franchise Laws

If you haven’t checked out the “Free Craft Beer!” New York Times Op-Ed from March 29, 2014, it’s worth a read here. Steve Hindy from Brooklyn Brewery, in collaboration with the gang at the Brewers Association, put out thoughtful commentary on so-called “franchise laws,” asking for change. Following up in the last couple of days, […]

Stone Brewing in the News: Trademark Tussle & SC Bill Passage

Big brewing operations can sometimes be divisive, even ones with great senses of humor and solid reputations to match, like California’s Stone Brewing—the 10th-biggest brewer in the US. On the one hand, South Carolina is on the verge of making momentous changes to their beer laws, spurred in part to attract Stone Brewing in the […]

Brewing on Campus: California Legislature Considers Allowing Underage Sampling to Aspiring Brewers and Vintners

In the past decade, rapidly growing interest in brewing has certainly been great for the industry. But, whereas many if not most of us made our first hop additions after college or at least after attaining drinking age, these days college-age students are seeing the brewing biz as a potential professional career path. We applaud […]

South Carolina’s “Stone Bill” in Committee, Looks Promising

Today, we wanted to tip our hats to (and cross our fingers for) all our friends over in South Carolina. In recent weeks, craft beer supporters have come out in droves to encourage changes to the state’s restrictive beverage laws. What has become known as the “Stone Bill” has made it to committee and, with […]

Things Still Tense in Florida Over Recently Revised SB1714

For the Florida beer industry, all eyes are on the legislature, where the clock is ticking, with four days left of the session. The still-in-the-works contentious Senate Bill 1714 would make drastic changes to the state’s distribution system, limiting brewers’ ability to sell their own beer and putting more power in the hands of distributors. […]

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