Government shutdown leaves brewers, distillers, and cidermakers in limbo

Adam Fredericksen, the owner of Thesis Beer Project, is in a tough spot. He has paperwork to file to get his new brewery up and running in Rochester, Minnesota, but because of the partial federal government shutdown, no one is around to process it. The federal agency in charge of licensing breweries, wineries, and distilleries, … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s brand label registration system goes online

Every beer sold in the state of Minnesota, whether it’s a one-off at a local taproom, a Belgian import, or craft beer produced in another state, must be registered with the Minnesota Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED). Until about a month ago, that registration process was completed on paper and processed manually by the state. … [ Read more]

Minnesota has 73 of the 3,669 Active Permitted Breweries in the U.S.

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton Each year The Beer Institute requests active ‘permitted brewery’ data from the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). According to the 2013 data analyzed, the United States now has a record-high 3,699 active ‘permitted breweries’ — 948 of which were new permits last year. It is important to note that permit counts can be different … [ Read more]

“Gluten Free” Label Clearly Defined by TTB

By Brian Kaufenberg For some, it’s a diet by choice. For others, it’s a diet by necessity. However you cut it, the demand for gluten-free products in the U.S. has never been higher. The shelves of grocery stores are lined with products bearing a “Gluten Free” stamp, and liquor store coolers are stocked with new … [ Read more]

The Government Shutdown and Its Effect on Beer

By Joe Alton and Brian Kaufenberg The government has shut down. We go about our daily lives, accepting that Washington is broken and that this ridiculous stalemate, bemoaned by citizens from every political view, could drag on for a while. While not all of us are affected as directly or dramatically as the more than 800,000 … [ Read more]