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Latest Virus Victim: Breweries

Tradition-laden German breweries hard-hit as restaurants, pubs they depend on close

(Newser) - Germany's Werneck Brewery has survived world wars, economic crises, and decades of declining beer consumption. But after 400 years it has finally met a fatal challenge: the coronavirus. The brewery, which the AP reports traces its history to 1617 and has been owned by the same family since 1861,... More »

Corona Has Stopped Brewing Beer

Grupo Modelo suspends production after Mexico shuts nonessential services

(Newser) - Corona is once again making headlines, and we're not talking about the virus. Well, we kind of are. Per AFP , Grupo Modelo—the Mexican brewer that owns Corona beer, as well as the Modelo and Pacifico brands—on Thursday suspended production at its 11 breweries in Mexico through the... More »

2 Big Names Will Be Churning Out Hand Sanitizer

Tito's vodka company, Anheuser-Busch will be tweaking production to make cleansing gels

(Newser) - Just a couple of weeks ago, Tito's warned consumers not to use its vodka as a DIY hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak. But perhaps that got management thinking about how it actually could help during the pandemic, because now Tito's has made itself a full-fledged partner in... More »

Brewery Gunman Had Noose Put in His Locker

Anthony Ferrill, 51, killed five co-workers last week

(Newser) - The brewery worker who went on a gun rampage last week had a noose placed in his locker in 2015, NBC News reports. Anthony Ferrill, 51, who killed five co-workers on Feb. 26 and died by apparent suicide, never actually saw the noose, according to Molson Coors Brewery in Milwaukee.... More »

Her Dog Vanished in 2017. Then She Saw the Beer Can

Monica Mathis says she has no idea how Hazel got from Iowa to Florida

(Newser) - Monica Mathis has no idea how Hazel, missing for more than two years, got from Iowa to Florida—but Mathis is now excited to welcome her home to Minnesota. Hazel is Mathis' dog, a terrier mix who vanished from Mathis' yard in 2017. "She was an escape artist, she... More »

Brewery Offers Free Beer, Gets Stolen Van in 42 Minutes

Charlotte's Unknown Brewing Company says it's a 'new world record'

(Newser) - Beer was the solution to the problem when Charlotte's Unknown Brewing Company found its van missing early Monday. After posting a photo of the van on Facebook and offering a free keg party to whoever found it, the vehicle was located in just 42 minutes, WCNC reports. Unknown calls... More »

Finnish Brewery Has Adult Beverage, Er, Message for Trump, Putin

Limited-release beer urges the leaders to "settle this like adults"

(Newser) - A small Finnish craft brewery is paying a humorous tribute to the Helsinki summit . RPS Brewing has issued a limited-edition lager depicting cartoon US and Russian presidents on its label, with text for President Trump and Vladimir Putin saying "Let's Settle This Like Adults" and "Making Lager... More »

Closed Churches Find New Life as Breweries

Not appropriate, say clergy members

(Newser) - Ira Gerhart finally found a place last year to fulfill his dream of opening a brewery: a 1923 Presbyterian church. It was cheap, charming, and just blocks from downtown Youngstown, Ohio. But soon after Gerhart announced his plans, residents and a minister at a nearby Baptist church complained about alcohol... More »

Craft Brewer's Sale to Bud Owner Has Fans Hopping Mad

'Treachery' was one reaction to Anheuser-Busch acquisition of NC's Wicked Weed

(Newser) - To a craft beer aficionado, the only sin worse than drinking a Bud would be if your favorite brewery sold out to the company that owns it. That's the situation that has fans of the Wicked Weed brewery now crying "treachery," per the Washington Post , which reports... More »

For Decades, Brewery Workers Got Free Beer for Life. No More

Labatt's practice will come to an end by Jan. 1, 2019

(Newser) - The death knell has sounded once more in 2016, this time to mark the passing of a beloved decades-old practice: Labatt brewery retirees' days of getting free beer for life, a perk the New York Times reports started in the 1970s, are winding to their end. The Canadian company, now... More »

Craft Breweries Are Finding Specialty Hops All Tapped Out

In spite of rapid growth in supply, demand is causing headaches

(Newser) - Henry VIII once called hops a "wicked and pernicious weed," but they're crucial to the production of most beers, especially when it comes to "hoppy" India Pale Ales, or IPAs. In fact, more than 4,000 brewers are battling for less than a dozen popular hop... More »

After a Century, Dry NJ Town Falls Off the Wagon

'We're damp," mayor says

(Newser) - After more than a century on the wagon, Pitman, NJ, has broken its sobriety. Thanks to a change in state law, Kelly Green Brewing Co. was able bypass local alcohol restrictions and start serving suds earlier this month right on the city's main drag, Atlas Obscura reports. "This... More »

Guinness Tweaks 256-Year-Old Recipe —to Appease Vegans

Goodbye isinglass, a gelatin made from fish bladders used to filter yeast particles

(Newser) - After pressure from beer-chugging vegans who were behind a long-running campaign and several online petitions, Guinness has elected to change its 256-year-old recipe and remove isinglass—a gelatinous byproduct of fish bladders that helps filter yeast particles—from its brewing process, reports CNN Money . Guinness now says it will use... More »

Medieval City Plans Beer Pipeline

Belgian brewery wants to cut down on traffic

(Newser) - Beer is going to flow like water under the cobblestone streets of Bruges, Belgium, through the country's first beer pipeline. The 500-year-old De Halve Maan brewery is based in the heart of the medieval town, and its director tells AFP they want to keep making beer at the historic... More »

Va. College Finds On-Campus Brewery —From 1700s

College of William and Mary stumbles across remains while widening sidewalk

(Newser) - Beer may or may not be proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy, but the College of William and Mary thinks it has proof that college kids' deep and abiding love of all things related to hops and barley goes all the way back to the... More »

Scottish Brewer Does Not Much Care for Criticism

Tells industry watchdog it doesn't give 'a s---' about label concerns

(Newser) - American companies tend to go into instant-apology mode at the first hint of criticism, but a Scottish brewer has a much different tack. After a UK regulatory group faulted BrewDog for putting lines such as "rip it up down empty streets” and "we believe faster is better" on... More »

At Heart of Brewery's Trademark Attempt: Nitrogen

Colorado's Left Hand Brewing wants to trademark the term 'nitro'

(Newser) - Yet another craft beer trademark case is making headlines: Colorado's Left Hand Brewing is attempting to trademark the term "nitro"—as in, nitrogen. The Longmont company is thus far the only US brewer to bottle with nitrogen as opposed to carbon dioxide, something it says it achieved... More »

US Gets a Taste of Monk-Brewed Beer

Massachusetts abbey becomes first Trappist brewery outside of Europe

(Newser) - American monks are done letting their European counterparts have all the brewing fun. For more than a century, Catholic Cistercian monks known as Trappists have been brewing and selling what many beer lovers consider some of the best in the world. Eight monasteries—six in Belgium and one each in... More »

America's Biggest Brewery Now Produces No Garbage

MillerCoors' Golden, Colo., facility no longer trucks 135 tons a month to landfill

(Newser) - MillerCoors' Golden, Colo., facility has some pretty massive numbers attached to it: It clocks in at 9 million square feet, can produce 22 million barrels of beer a year (that's the equivalent of about 5.5 billion pints), and once generated 135 tons of garbage a month. That last... More »

Brewers: Don't Frack Up German Beer

Industry group worries fracking will harm the groundwater

(Newser) - Germany prides itself on the (legally mandated) purity of its beers, and brewers refuse to mess that up for a little thing like cheap energy. The Association of German Breweries is coming out in force against fracking, arguing that it should be banned until the government can be completely sure... More »

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