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New Belgium Brewing announces Asheville as site for second brewery

April 05, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer

New BelgiumIt’s official. New Belgium Brewing is coming to Asheville.

Here’s the press release and video announcement:

Fort Collins, CO, April 5, 2012 – New Belgium Brewing announced today that Asheville, NC has been selected as the new location for a second brewery. The 400,000-barrel brewery and packaging facility will provide New Belgium with additional capacity allowing the Colorado-based brewer to expand into new areas of distribution. Upon completion in 2015, the facility will initially create 50 new jobs in the Asheville area with more than 100 positions expected at full buildout.

“After several years of searching, we are incredibly excited to have landed in Asheville,” said Kim Jordan, CEO and co-founder of New Belgium. “From the deep sense of community to the rich natural environment and the opportunity to revitalize a brownfield site near a vibrant downtown, Asheville has everything we’ve been looking for in a location for our second brewery.”

The 17.5-acre site located in the heart of the River Arts District will accommodate the 150,000 sq. ft. facility. The brewery will feature a 200-barrel brewing system, a tasting facility, and a process wastewater treatment center on-site. Tours will be available to the public. Total cost projections are over $100 million.

“Today’s announcement by New Belgium will enhance the craft brewery cluster that is growing in North Carolina,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “The jobs and investment the company is committing will be a major boon for the region and for the state.”

Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 with beer rolling off the line in early 2015.

Kim Jordan on New Brewery from BevNET.com on Vimeo.

Higher alcohol beer bill headed to Mississippi governor

March 28, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Craft beer, Government

Raise Your Pints - MississippiA bill that would raise the alcohol-by-weight limit in beer from 5% to 8% is headed to the desk of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.

Senate Bill 2878, which passed the state Senate on March 12, was approved by the House on Tuesday with no debate.

The bill has been pushed by grassroots group Raise Your Pints as well as Anheuser-Busch and its independent distributors in Mississippi.

It now awaits the signature of Gov. Bryant, who said in January he isn’t “necessarily opposed” to signing the legislation, the Mississippi Business Journal reported.

Bryant spokesman Mick Bullock just emailed a short statement. It said, “Gov. Bryant will review the measure after it has been transmitted to him by the Legislature.” [source]

The timing of its passage Tuesday took the Raise Your Pints folks by surprise.

Mississippi is the only state that limits ABW for beer to just 5 percent, which in turns prohibits sales of about a third of the world’s beer styles. Raise Your Pints is also seeking to make homebrewing legal in the state, though homebrewing bills have not advanced in the legislature this session.

We’ll keep you updated on any more developments.

Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company to open in Nashville area

March 20, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer

Turtle Anarchy logoAdd Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company to the growing list of breweries coming soon to the Nashville area.

Turtle Anarchy, which was spotlighted Monday in a story by The Tennessean, is opening later this year in Williamson County, just outside of Nashville.

Mark Kamp, president of the new microbrewery, told the paper he sees a revolution slowly taking hold in the craft beer industry in Nashville and across the United States.

By the end of May, Kamp hopes to be filling glasses and contributing to that revolution as the owner of Turtle Anarchy Brewing Co. Kamp, a 2010 graduate of Belmont University, is opening Williamson County’s first microbrewery. Kamp joins an emerging craft beer scene that is just beginning to build momentum in the Nashville area but since the 1990s has exploded elsewhere across the U.S.” [source]

Turtle Anarchy will be the second brewery in Williamson County, joining brewpub Cool Springs Brewery. Mike Kraft is leaving Cool Springs Brewery to serve as brewmaster for Turtle Anarchy, according to The Tennessean.

Kamp, meanwhile, has been keeping a blog since February, providing updates and posting photos to document progress.

We leased a space at 216 Noah Drive where we will be producing craft brewed ales on a 15 bbl system. We are a 100% family owned business and we are excited to begin brewing beer for the very deserving people of Tennessee,” Kamp wrote. [source]

Other breweries in development in Nashville include Broadcast Brewing Company, Fat Bottom Brewing and Black Abbey Brewing Company.

PolitiFact tests claim that Tennessee has some of the lowest beer excise taxes in the country

March 16, 2012 By: grant Category: Beer in the news, Government

Update: PolitiFact Tennessee took down this post over the weekend, and have since updated and reposted its ruling.

Last week, PolitiFact Tennessee tackled a claim by the Tax Foundation that Tennessee has some of the lowest beer excise taxes in the nation — a claim subsequently spread by other media outlets. Yazoo‘s brewmaster took umbrage to that claim:

From PolitiFact:

We found inconsistencies in the Tax Foundation’s map. A footnote says, “Local rates are excluded unless they are statewide and uniform. Alabama and Georgia include statewide local rates.” But we found that standard was not applied to Tennessee, which has a 17-percent wholesale tax on beer that is statewide, uniform and mandatory. Including the revenue it produces would push the state to No. 1 on the Tax Foundation’s rankings, just as it is ranked by the Beer Institute.

Check out the rest of PolitiFact Tennessee’s analysis — it’s pretty interesting, and does a good job of breaking down the various convoluted ways alcohol is taxed in this state.