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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.

FORE! Pro Golfers Launch Golf-Themed Contract Brand via Brew Hub

Chris Furnari - - Brewbound

(Cue the orchestral music and Jim Nantz narration)

Every champion golfer comes to The Brew Hub imbued with a towering source of inspiration. It starts as a solitary journey, but it is one that no golfer, if he dreams of becoming a craft brewer, makes alone.

America's Newest Craft Beer Desination - Flagstaff, Arizona

- American Craft Beer

Seems northern Arizona's got more going on than the red rocks of Sedona or the Grand Canyon. High desert towns long known for their sprawling scenic grandeur have started brewing beer—and some are getting very good at it.

Welcome to Flagstaff—craft beer's newest Kathmandu.

Four Peaks wins Travelchannel.com's top brewery contest

Kellie Hwang, The Republic - - AZCentral.com

Four Peaks Brewing Company has come out on top in Travelchannel.com's favorite craft brewery contest.

The website's original online series, "Microbrew Madness," sent hosts and film crews out to 16 microbreweries across the country, including Four Peaks, and then asked viewers to cast votes for their favorite brewery. The Tempe-based brewery was announced as the winner at the end of Oktoberfest on Oct. 5.

Will a bunch of terrible craft beer ruin the booming craft beer industry?

Jon Terbush - - The Week

With the craft beer industry booming, quality control has emerged as a primary concern among brewers. Roughly 1,250 new breweries opened in the last five years, bringing the total to 2,822 nationwide. Yet not everyone who wants to make good beer knows how to make good beer, so the slew of fledgling ventures — all with varying levels of experience, knowledge, and skill — has led to some really bad brews hitting the market.

Germans Learn Craft Beers From U.S. to Bring Back Buzz

Stefan Nicola - - Bloomberg.com

In Germany, home of Oktoberfest and a five-century-old brewing law, beer consumption has been on an unstoppable decline, prompting Europe's biggest producer of the beverage to turn to an unlikely place for help: the U.S.

Ninkasi Expands Distribution to Arizona

David Eisenberg - - Brewbound

Ninkasi Brewing will expand distribution to Arizona per an agreement with Golden Eagle Distributors, the wholesaler has announced.

In late October, the brewery out of Eugene, Ore. will launch in the Phoenix and Tucson markets before subsequently broadening its reach statewide. Arizona marks the eighth state in the brewery's U.S. distribution footprint. It also has a presence in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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