Ok ok, so perhaps there's a bit of a catch to this. With InBev's recent acquistion of Anheuser-Busch the last of the big 3 (Miller, Coors, A-B) is now also owned by a foreign company. This acquisition has put put Sam Adam's into the #1 spot as the top American Owned brewery.
Smuttynose Brewery, currently located in Portsmouth, NH, has just confirmed that they will be changing location to Hampton, NH. For a while Smuttynose has been looking to expand in Portsmouth, and the city government has refused to approve their plans. They will soon be moving to 105 Towle Farm Road in Hampton, NH.
The 14 acre property that will be their new location features a 42,000 square foot brewery as well as a barn to be turned into a restaurant. Personally, I'm wondering what they'll do with the 14 acres? If there is a God, they'll grow hops and put our a Fresh Hop beer!
Lastly, according to President Peter Egelston, the building will be in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.
Personally, we here at DrinkCraftBeer.com can't wait for them to up their capacity and have a restaurant! I know we'll be there when it opens!
For the full story, check out: http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080806/NEWS/80806056/-1/NEWS10
The so-called Miller Lite Brewing Collection didn't perform as well as expected in test markets such as Baltimore, Minneapolis and Charlotte, N.C., spokesman Julian Green said Thursday.
Read the full article here: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_10060503
You may recall us reporting Bell's departure from the Illinois market due to issues with distributers a ways back. Well the good people of Chicago can finally have their Two Hearted Ale, Epedition Stout and the many other very tasty brews from Bell's brewery back. It would appear that Bell's is working with three new distributers. This runs contrary to every other Illinois law we've seen in the past so we're still digging for a bit more info on this.
Full news article here: http://cbs2chicago.com/local/bells.beer.returns.2.785599.html