Brewery Sold - To Workers
Flying Dog Quits BA
Flying Dog Brewery has officially terminated its
membership with the Brewers Association
(BA), citing changes to the not-for-profit
industry trade organization’s Advertising and
Marketing Code that are aimed at addressing
“sexually explicit, lewd, or demeaning brand
names, language, text, graphics, photos,
video, or other images". This new policy was
put in place, in part, to end the use of offensive
labels and to limit how those companies are
able to promote their beers.

“This sort of policy is nothing more than a
thinly veiled side door to censorship,” said
Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso said. “It’s anti-free
enterprise. It’s interfering with business. It’s
thinking for consumers. Americans hate
thought police, and they hate censorship.  The
BA is attempting to bully and intimidate craft
brewers into self censorship which is a
particularly vicious tyranny of silence because
people tend to over censor,” he said.
BeerNexus thinks a good beer doesn't need an
"offensive"name or image to sell.
In the four years since Modern Times Brewery of San
Diego, CA first opened in 2013, it has expanded to two
brewing facilities, is opening two other breweries in Los
Angeles and Anaheim, roasted its own coffee, and put
118 employees to work. From 2015 to 2016 alone, the
brewery’s production jumped 82% to 40,500 barrels.
By the end of 2017, Modern Times is expected to be in
the 60,000-barrel range and incur a higher federal excise
tax ($18 per barrel vs. $7 for every barrel under 60,000).
That’s the range that attracts buyers like Anheuser-Busch
InBev (who own craft breweries like Golden Road, Blue
Point, 10 Barrel), MillerCoors ( owners of Saint Archer,
Terrapin, Hop Valley) and private-equity firms like
Fireman Capital (owners of Oskar Blues and Cigar City),
Ulysses Management (owners of Victory and Southern
Tier).  So it's no surprise Modern Times is selling out.  
What is a surprise is that they are selling to their
employees.  Yes, the brewery’s employees will be the
new owners to enable the brewery tol remain totally free
of any outside influence or pressure.  It will be done by
an employee stock ownership plan that has given
employees a 30% stake in the company. That share will
eventually be increased to 100%,
SE Asia- The Vietnam craft beer scene is booming, having welcomed more than
a dozen micro-breweries in the past two years.  Vietnam is one of the biggest beer
consumers in Asia drinking 3.8 billion liters a year in 2016, according to Ministry of
Industry and Trade.

Cask Ale at the Game -  Seattle Mariners baseball games at Safeco Field
best spot is the beer stand in Section 129 with two taps for cask-conditioned beers
and ample tap space for local brewers like Schooner Exact, Georgetown and Black

Session States -  By 2019, the national demand for low-point beer is
predicted to drop from 1.8 percent of the national beer market to about .6
percent.  Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma recently moved to allow stronger beer
in grocery and convenience stores. Utah has not.  Ninety -four percent of all beer
sold in Utah is under 3.2 percent (out of 33 million gallons served per year).

Ban Lifted - Russia has lifted its ban on beer sales at stadiums for the
Confederations Cup tournament as part of its deal with FIFA, which has Budweiser
as a key sponsor.  Russia started restricting alcohol at sports events after drunken
fans at an outdoor screening of a 2002 World Cup loss to Japan went on the
rampage in central Moscow. A ban at all sports stadiums followed in 2005 and still
applies for non-FIFA events.
Best Low Cal Beer For Men

For decades, beer has been marketed as a thirst-quenching, refreshing drink. But
there's really only sketchy evidence that beers — even though they may taste great —
actually are true thirst quenchers. That hasn't stopped the imaginative beer makers at
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery from trying to set a benchmark. Its new SeaQuench Ale, a
tart, slightly sour lime-infused low alcohol beer with a dash of sea salt, is the result of
more than two years of research, the goal of which brewery co-founder Sam Calagione
says was to make "the most objectively thirst-quenching beer" that the Milton,
Del.-based brewer has produced in more than two decades of operation.

People have been putting salt in their beer for ages and beers such as Bud Light Lime
hit stores nearly a decade ago. Dogfish Head's bolder claims of SeaQuench Ale's thirst-
quenching and mineral-replacing qualities could help it stand out in the still-growing
$23.5 billion annual craft beer market — overall retail U.S. beer sales remain flat at
$107.6 billion, according to the Brewers Association.

Most recent research shows beers that contain less than 5% alcohol by weight do
not have a major dehydrating effect, Murray says. SeaQuench Ale fits that criteria
at 4.9% ABV, more than a Michelob Ultra (4.2%), but less than a typical India pale
ale (5.5%-7.5%). It also weighs in at 140 calories below that of a full-bodied IPA's
400 calories.  Its eventual ingredient list includes specifically chosen potassium-rich
barley strains, sea salt from Maine and the Chesapeake Bay, formulated with the help
of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, black limes, sourced from Egypt, Turkey
and Guatemala, and lime juice.

SeaQuench Ale's use of sea salts not only enhances taste, but also infuses
minerals — including calcium, chloride, magnesium, potassium and sodium —
known to help sate thirsts and replace lost electrolytes.

it won't be fully available in its 36 states (and the District of Columbia) until next year.
But already Men's Health named it an editor's choice as best low calorie beer for men.

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