Brews in the News 6.30.2017

Brewers Association Launches New Seal to Designate Independent Beers

In a shot across the bow of Big Beer, the Brewers Association has launched a new seal for beer labels that will tell you at a glance if the brewery is truly independent craft beer. With the label's design the BA pays tribute to the spirit of craft breweries that have "upended beer."

Bob Pease, president & CEO, Brewers Association said. “As Big Beer acquires former craft brands, beer drinkers have become increasingly confused about which brewers remain independent. Beer lovers are interested in transparency when it comes to brewery ownership. This seal is a simple way to provide that clarity—now they can know what’s been brewed small and certified independent.”

The seal is available for free to any brewer that are craft according to the BA's definition, have a valid TTB Brewer's notice, and sign a license agreement.

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Top Ten Facts About July 4, America's Founders, and Beer

If you want to amaze your friends with some beer-based facts about the United States and beer, read up on the Beer Institute's annual top 10 list of historical fun facts, such as " Our first president George Washington not only drank beer himself and served it to his guests, but it was also one of the items provided for voters when he was a candidate for political office. It must have helped because when Washington was president he habitually 'had a silver pint cup or mug of beer placed by his plate, which he drank while dining.'"

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Michigan Senate Passes Bill to Deter Illegal Beer Shipping

The Michigan Senate has passed House Bill 4557 that increases the penalty for illegally shipping beer and wine into the state. The new law would make it punishable by a fine from $500-$5000 and four years in jail. 

According to the Michigan Beer & Wine Association, $64 million in wine alone is purchased annually from outside the state and shipped illegally, thus working around the state's sales tax revenue.

Supposedly the law will not affect beer traders, but it's not like more-local laws ever stopped Jeff Sessions, either. However, this will likely suspend service for your wine and beer delivery clubs.

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Austin's Mort Subite Awarded first U.S. La Trappe Governership

The Netherlands' La Trappe has awarded Austin's Belgian-centric bar Mort Subite the first U.S. Governorship. The Governorship was established in 2016 to recognize the bars and restaurants throughout Europe and the U.S. that have,  “made extraordinary efforts to sell, support, and promote La Trappe products and other Trappist beers.”

To receive the honor, La Trappe reps visit bars and hold them to a high standard that involves beer appearance and atmosphere, storage and serving conditions. The bar must also list Trappist beers on a separate menu and they must serve a minimum of 12 Trappist bars.

"Being invited into the Governorship program is an exciting evolution for Mort Subite,” said Mort Subite co-owner James Jackson Leach. “We are a Belgian beer bar dedicated to authenticity, and that means honoring Trappist beer. There's a story when you walk in here. There's a community of people that know and love this culture. Being invited into the program shows us that people notice and appreciate how dedicated we are here, locally and overseas."

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