AB InBev Buys Its Way Into Internet Site
- June 09, 2017 -
For the past few years, AB InBev has been on a buying spree. They've purchased established craft brewers around the country, including Breckenridge Brewing in 2016. That sale precipitated an acrimonious split in the Colorado Brewers Guild, which was sort-of resolved six months later. But AB InBev's various acquisitions have inflamed craft beer drinkers who decry the buyout and co-opting of craft beer by multinational, industrial-scale beer producers.
So it is with concern and alarm that craft drinkers learned only recently about AB InBev's purchase of an ownership share in the once-respected RateBeer website. GoodBeerHunting released a story last week that the deal had actually been done last year, but only last week acknowledged by RateBeer's boss, Joe Tucker.
Many brewers are not happy. Suspicious of AB InBev's investment and potential meddling in the user-generated data at RateBeer.com, a growing number have requested that RateBeer remove their breweries and beer ratings from the site, like James Howat at Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales in Denver.
We'll be following up with this in a new feature story soon, and if you have an opinion about this, we'd love to hear from you. Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org, and stay tuned.
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River North Returns to, well, River North
- June 08, 2017 -
River North Brewery is returning to the neighborhood where it all began.
From River North -
"We're coming home!
We are beyond ecstatic to announce that we have finally locked in a location back in our namesake neighborhood, RiNo.
Just this morning, we finalized the deal on a new space at 3400 Blake Street – exactly 10 blocks up the street from our original home.
And oh how we've missed the 'hood."
Check out the full story on Westword.
Craft Breweries are Changing Ownership
- May 05, 2017 -
Changes are brewing in craft beer. Some breweries have closed, and others are changing ownership. Right here in Colorado, Pug Ryan's old owners found the perfect couple to carry on their vision. This is a great article on the transition.
Outside of Colorado, Anheuser-Busch is making some more moves. They recently swooped in and purchased Wicked Weed Brewing. Brewbound wrote a great article.
HEINEKEN acquired the remaining stake in Lagunitas Brewing Company this week too. Global Wire News wrote an article.
So many changes happening...
Lost Highway on Colfax Closes Tonight
- April 01, 2017 -
Tina and James Pachorek know a thing or two about moving. Their beer-focused food, beverage and brewing businesses have migrated around town for years - first Aurora, then Denver, and next Centennial.
It's not their fault, and just ask: moving is a pain in the ass.
But when the landlord says "go", you gotta go. In their case, it was a $3.75M purchase in 2016 of their Colfax Avenue building by Dallas investors. First the Cheeky Monk closed last year, and tonight (we wish it were an April Fools' joke) they close their Colfax Lost Highway Brewery location for good.
Find your way to the Lost Highway out while you still can. Their f-book post tells you the basics.
A new Centennial location is in the works, and plans are to open there in the next two or three months. We'll advise on progress, and look forward to getting back on the Lost Highway again.
3 Fort Collins Breweries Evolve
- March 21, 2017 -
Jonathan Shikes at Westword (aka ColoBeerMan) wrote another nice piece about Colorado's ever-evolving beer universe. Check it out for the details and real-deal story, but the bare basics:
C.B. & Potts is looking for a new brewery location, 1933 Brewing will be resurrected by new owners and open under a new name soon, and Pateros Creek will close next month, due to short-notice development changes at their current location. April 1st is their last day - landlord says gotta go by the 15th - and they are planning one last hurrah:
Pateros Creek says, "We have been here for six years and hope to continue to have taps around town while we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and rebuild. We are throwing a party April 1st noon to 7pm (no foolin'), and we truly hope that you all can be there to celebrate with us. We will drink up what is left of the beer and have some old favorites on tap. So, mark your calendars and be here." Good luck, Bob and Steve.
Funkwerks Has Big Beer Plans for 2017
- January 18, 2017 -
Funkwerks continues to make great beer at their Fort Collins brewery, in greater quantities than ever. Over the last five years, beer production increased over 600%, to 5700 barrels of golden goodness made in 2016. You can find the Funk in five states right now, with another nine "destined for funk" according to a recent posting from the four-time GABF award-winning brewery.
They released a production schedule for their flagship and specialty beers in 2017, part of which is shown here, and the rest of which can be seen here. Thanks for all the info,and we're ready for all the funk we can get.
Lost Highway Finds A New Home
- January 04, 2017 -
Belgium's Oldest Tradition On America's Longest, Wickedest Street - aka Lost Highway, located (for now) at 520 East Colfax - has found a new home. Their historic building was sold in July, 2016, and owners Tina and James Pachorek were forced to find a new location for the brewery, deli and taproom. Their legendary Cheeky Monk beer bar next door was shuttered after the sale, too, but it won't be making the move.
They plan to begin construction this month on a new facility at 12741 E. Caley Avenue, Unit 140, in Centennial. In an announcement today:
"We are very excited about the opportunities the new location will provide to us. We look forward to working with the City of Centennial and being part of the community." owner Tina Pachorek said. The new facility will house a taproom plus production facility. In the new facility they will begin canning their products for expanded distribution. Lost Highway recently partnered with Colorado Craft Distributors to distribute kegs and cans to on and off premises retailers throughout the state.
The new facility is expected to open in Spring, 2017, and the current Colfax taproom will remain open, brewing and serving their delicious Belgian-style beers until the new digs are complete.
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