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Also known as, What is Happening in the World of Beer and Wine. Sometimes newsworthy, usually noteworthy, always interesting, information about our favorite subject, beer and wine.

Millennials drive demand for craft beer, wine and spirits

Janet Forgrieve - - Smart Blogs

Descriptions including "craft", "small batch," "custom," "limited edition" and "artisan/artisanal" are more likely to influence the purchasing decisions of millennials than they are to sway older consumers, according to a recent Harris Poll. Chefs and restaurateurs are finding ways to feed the trend — the Culinary Institute of America will hold a Crafting Beer and Food Summit in October, bringing together master brewers and chefs to create menus that complement craft beers.

Three Cheers for Three-Tier And Your Craft Beer Distributor

Keeli Monroe - - Brew Studs

I'd like to present a handful of scenarios to you:
It's 5:00 P.M. on a Friday (finally), and like many Americans, your work week is ending. You're ready for two things: the weekend, and some good damn beer – because let's be honest, the weekend isn't the weekend without the good damn beer. Lucky you, because this is America. Prohibition is dead, and you've got options!

How to drink beer like a local around the world

Roberto A. Ferdman - - Washington Post

Travel the world, and you'll find there's quite a bit of disagreement about what the best—or at least preferred—beer looks like.

Hensley Beverage drinks to success

Ryan Randazzo - - The Arizona Republic

A forklift zips quietly through a sprawling, chilled warehouse, moving an order for Hensley Beverage Co. in west Phoenix.

The driver maneuvers through mountains of bottles, cans and kegs of Budweiser products. In a reflection of the changing business, he also passes through pallets of local brands such as Four Peaks Brewing Co. of Tempe and Mother Road Brewing Co. of Flagstaff.

Anyone who has downed a can of Bud Light while floating down the Salt River, or sipped a beer while watching a Cardinals game at University of Phoenix Stadium, has been served by Hensley.

Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Names, And Into Legal Spats

Alastair Bland - - The Salt, NPR

Columbia? Taken. Mississippi? Taken. Sacramento? El Niño? Marlin? Grizzly? Sorry, they're all taken.

Virtually every large city, notable landscape feature, creature and weather pattern of North America — as well as myriad other words, concepts and images — has been snapped up and trademarked as the name of either a brewery or a beer. For newcomers to the increasingly crowded industry of more than 3,000 breweries, finding names for beers, or even themselves, is increasingly hard to do without risking a legal fight.

Why the Germans want to brew U.S. craft beer

Jason Notte - - MarketWatch

U.S. craft beer's success at home is great and all, but reaching Hasselhoff levels of popularity in Germany is a far more impressive milestone.

Let's start off by saying that craft beer isn't exactly a new concept outside the U.S. The Australian craft-beer industry has grown about 13% each year since 2003. In Ireland, the burgeoning industry has tripled in size since 2011 and makes more than 50% of Ireland-produced beer exports while taking on multinational companies including Heineken and Diageo, which have bought up traditional Irish brands Guinness, Murphy's and Beamish. The Esquire Network's "Brew Dogs" looks at U.S. craft beer through the eyes of brewers from Scottish craft brewery BrewDog. Some of the best craft beer in the world, at least according to BeerAdvocate at RateBeer, is being brewed by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø's Copenhagen-based Mikkeller.

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