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Cannabis Surpasses The Wine Industry In Southern Oregon

Miroslav Tomoski - - Herb

Wine country in Oregon's southern counties of Jackson and Josephine is slowing becoming weed country. The legal cannabis market has overtaken the region in both sales and employee salaries, according to a report from the Mail Tribune.

The two counties alone are home to more than a quarter of the state's cannabis license applicants, the report states, with nearly 1,000 applications in the region filed with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), the main regulatory body for the state's legal cannabis market.

With just over 40 wine-related businesses operating in Jackson County, including wineries and vineyards, the cannabis industry has surpassed its boozy rival. It's established 37 farms and nearly 20 dispensaries now employing 439 people, 89 more than the wine industry.

The craft beer industry’s buzz is wearing off

Rachel Siegel - - Washington Post

Has craft beer peaked? In one sign that the industry has grown less frothy, more craft breweries closed in 2017 than any time in the past decade.

And while the craft beer makers saw more growth in production than the overall market last year, their pace is slowing.

A new report by the Brewers Association — a trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers — showed that craft brewers saw a 5 percent rise in production volume in 2017. Yet with that growth comes an increasingly crowded playing field, leading to more closures of small craft breweries. In 2017, there were nearly 1,000 new brewery openings nationwide and 165 closures — a closing rate of 2.6 percent. That's a 42 percent jump from 2016, when 116 craft breweries closed.

Myth-busting the taste of Arizona wine

Carly Oseran and Reed Wallace - - Arizona Sonora News

If you think Arizona wine doesn't compare to wine made in Sonoma or Napa Valley, you're right.

Arizona wine doesn't compare, but not for the reasons you may think.

Robert Leopardi, Southern Arizona director of sales for Quench Fine Wines, has been working his way up the wine industry for 40 years. In his current role, he represents wines from around the world, including Arizona.

"I think you have to understand what Arizona wines are, what their history has been and how young the industry is," said Leopardi. "And rather than compare it to someplace like Napa or necessarily the old world, you compare it to places like maybe the Pacific Northwest."

Canarchy Expands Distribution of Cigar City to Arizona

- Brewbound

TAMPA, Fla. — Cigar City Brewing continues to expand the reach of its world-class beers with the addition of Arizona to the Florida-based brewery's distribution network. CCB has partnered with Crescent Crown Distributing, Canyon Distributing Company, Finley Distributing and Legacy Beverage to distribute its portfolio of unique ales and lagers, including the award-winning Jai Alai IPA, throughout the Grand Canyon State. Kegs and twelve ounce cans of Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale and their newest year-round offering Guayabera Citra Pale Ale will be available throughout Arizona beginning in February.

Beer Remains the Preferred Alcoholic Beverage in the U.S.

Justin McCarthy - - Gallup

Americans who drink alcohol continue to say they most often choose beer (40%) over wine (30%) and liquor (26%). Beer has typically been the preferred alcoholic beverage in Gallup's trend.

How The Story Of Beer Is The Story Of America

Ari Shapiro - - NPR

If you crack open a beer this Fourth of July, history might not be the first thing on your mind. But for Theresa McCulla, the first brewing historian at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, the story of beer is the story of America.

"If you want to talk about the history of immigration in America, or urbanization or the expansion of transportation networks, really any subject that you want to explore, you can talk about it through beer," McCulla says.

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