|Beer and a Books
Faced with a never-ending consumer shift toward
online retail purchases, Barnes & Noble, the last
remaining big box bookstore chain in the U.S., is
turning to food and beverage — including beer —
to boost sales. The company unveiled plans to
open four “concept” stores that, beginning in
October, will sell beer, wine and an assortment of
“shareable American café-style food.”
Similar to Starbucks’ “evenings” concept, which is
aimed at luring customers back into a coffee shop
the new Barnes & Noble concept locations are
intended to increase foot traffic and grow its overall
beverage sales.No word on when the first free
Public Library will follow suit and have free beer.
Lost and Not Found
An eastbound train car filled with fresh Rogue beer
was "lost" recently when high winds in Montana
“picked up and blew over” a full shipment. Bottles
and kegs of Dead Guy Ale, Honey Kolsch, Hazelnut
Brown Nectar, Brutal IPA, and Cold Brew IPA .
Mysteriously, all kegs disappeared from the wreck.
Shame On Yuengling
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice today announced that D.
G. Yuengling and Son Inc., has settled Clean Water Act (CWA) violations involving its two large-
scale breweries near Pottsville, Pennsylvania. In a consent decree filed in federal court in
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the company has agreed to spend approximately $7 million to improve
environmental measures at its brewery operations after it allegedly discharged pollutants into the
Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority municipal wastewater treatment plant. Yuengling will also
pay a $2.8 million penalty. In addition, the consent decree includes a requirement to implement an
environmental management system (EMS) focused on achieving CWA compliance at the facilities.
Yuengling must hire a third party consultant to develop the EMS and a third party auditor to ensure
proper implementation at the facility operations.
The company allegedly violated Clean Water Act requirements for companies that discharge
industrial waste to municipal publically-owned wastewater treatment facilities numerous times
including discharge of biological oxygen demand (BOD), phosphorus, zinc and pH at least
141 times from 2008 to 2015.
“Yuengling is responsible for serious violations of its Clean Water Act posing a potential risk to
the Schuylkill River which provides drinking water to 1.5 million people,” said EPA Regional
Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “This history of violations and failure to fully respond to orders
from the Pottsville Area Sewer Authority and EPA resulted in this enforcement action.”
In addition to the monetary penalty, Yuengling has also agreed to take measures that will prevent
future violations including:designing and implementing an environmental management system for
both breweries to ensure compliance with environmental laws;conducting a series of environmental
audits and inspections to ensure ongoing environmental compliance;constructing a comprehensive
pretreatment systems; developing and implementing a communication and notification plan to
quickly notify GPASA of any changes to the brewery facilites’ wastewater that may impact the public
treatment facility;Hiring two certified wastewater treatment operators; and implementing a process
to identify, investigate and respond to any future CWA violations quickly and efficiently.
the crossroads of the beer world
The California Craft Brewers Association
(CCBA) announced that more than 700 craft
breweries are now in operation across the state.
“California continues to lead the nation’s craft
beer movement" said Tom McCormick, executive
director of the CCBA. "The Golden State is the
showcase of the creativity and passion that is
the foundation of the craft industry”.
Four states account for one-third of all the
breweries in the United States: California,
Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. .
Portland currently has the most breweries of
any city in the world. Vermont leads the nation
with 8.6 Breweries Per Capita. Mississippi comes
in last place at 0.3. Breweries Per Capita ( per
100,000 21+ adults.) Florida leads with the
largest percent increase in breweries.
Hawaii was the sole state in America that saw a
decrease in volume over the prior three years.