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Also known as, What is Happening in the World of Beer and Wine. Sometimes newsworthy, usually noteworthy, always interesting, information about our favorite subject, beer and wine.

Newest Beer Institute-Backed Bill Expected in Coming Weeks

David Eisenberg - - Brewbound

The Beer Institute is soon expected to announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would, if enacted, reform the federal beer excise tax.

While the BI is withholding specific details at the moment, including the name of the bill and its sponsors, Chris Thorne, the organization's vice president of communications, said it would provide relief for every brewer and beer importer.

Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Names, And Into Legal Spats

Alastair Bland - - The Salt, NPR

Columbia? Taken. Mississippi? Taken. Sacramento? El Niño? Marlin? Grizzly? Sorry, they're all taken.

Virtually every large city, notable landscape feature, creature and weather pattern of North America — as well as myriad other words, concepts and images — has been snapped up and trademarked as the name of either a brewery or a beer. For newcomers to the increasingly crowded industry of more than 3,000 breweries, finding names for beers, or even themselves, is increasingly hard to do without risking a legal fight.

Why the Germans want to brew U.S. craft beer

Jason Notte - - MarketWatch

U.S. craft beer's success at home is great and all, but reaching Hasselhoff levels of popularity in Germany is a far more impressive milestone.

Let's start off by saying that craft beer isn't exactly a new concept outside the U.S. The Australian craft-beer industry has grown about 13% each year since 2003. In Ireland, the burgeoning industry has tripled in size since 2011 and makes more than 50% of Ireland-produced beer exports while taking on multinational companies including Heineken and Diageo, which have bought up traditional Irish brands Guinness, Murphy's and Beamish. The Esquire Network's "Brew Dogs" looks at U.S. craft beer through the eyes of brewers from Scottish craft brewery BrewDog. Some of the best craft beer in the world, at least according to BeerAdvocate at RateBeer, is being brewed by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø's Copenhagen-based Mikkeller.

A tiny craft brewer sells itself to Anheuser-Busch, and a beer war erupts

Jason Notte - - Market Watch

Amid the tortured wails and cries of craft beer drinkers lamenting the sale of Bend, Ore.-based 10 Barrel Brewing to Anheuser-Busch In-Bev last week, just about the only voices absent from the din were those of 10 Barrel's owners and its crew.

How the craft beer revolution made cans cool again

Svati Kirsten Narula - - Quartz

For decades, US beer drinkers have operated on the assumption that high-end, foreign brews come in bottles, while down-home, budget beers are packaged in flimsy, 12-oz. cans, the better for pounding and crushing.

Bisbee's Beast Brewing Brings East Coast Flavor To Arizona Drinkers

Robert Charette - - Sierra Vista Herald

Jim and Amanda Gibson have journeyed a long way since celebrating their one-year anniversary of opening Beast Brewing Company in Bisbee this month. The Gibsons were drawn to Cochise County by warmer climes and the opportunity to become craft brewing entrepreneurs.

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