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Washington messes with the brews

As we told you back on the first day of the federal shutdown, the impasse on Capitol Hill has put the kibosh on federal alcohol licensing activities, including permits for new facilities and approval of new labels. That implies all kinds problems for brewers, winemakers, distillers and cideries, from stalling [...]

By | October 9th, 2013|0 Comments

Government shutdown stalls beer labels

Despite the fact that beer is liquid bread, it is in fact regulated at the federal level not by the Food and Drug Administration but by  the Department of the Treasury. The Treasury office known as the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or the TTB for short, keeps [...]

By | October 1st, 2013|2 Comments

World’s most refreshing can?

Last I checked, the thing in the package was the point, not the packaging itself. But of course, certain beer manufacturers disagree. Observe MillerCoors, which has been out front in creating and marketing fancy packaging: ink that changes color to tell you when your beer is cold (saving you the [...]

By | August 13th, 2013|0 Comments

One man’s trash is another man’s art

  As beer drinkers, we probably don't pay much attention to bottle caps - it's usually nothing but the last barrier between our lips and the liquid we want. At best, the caps wind up in the trash, at worst, they tossed out on the ground to rust. Many brewers, [...]

By | July 18th, 2013|0 Comments