Michigan Governor Establishes Michigan Craft Beverage Council

(LANSING, Mich)— Gov. Rick Snyder signed House Bill 4667 and Senate Bill 440 — sponsored by Rep. Brandt Iden and Sen. Goeff Hansen — which will change the name of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council to the Michigan Craft Beverage Council. The bills also will expand the council to include Michigan wine, beer, hard cider and spirits. The bills are now Public Acts 154 and 155 of 2018.

The Craft Beverage Council will award grants for research into winemaking, hops, barley, beer and spirits; conduct market surveys and analysis; and offer other programs that encourage the agricultural elements related to Michigan’s craft beverage industries. The Council’s activities are funded exclusively by non-retail, non-wholesale liquor license fees.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”


Schlafly Beer to Release its First Canned Cider in June

Proper Cider Raspberry is certified gluten-free and first canned cider for The Saint Louis Brewery ™

 (ST. LOUIS; May 23, 2018)—Schlafly Beer announces plans to release a year-round canned cider across their distribution footprint with Proper Cider Raspberry. The largest, locally owned brewery in St. Louis has been making cider for over 15 years now in its brewpubs, but this will be the first can package for full, year-round distribution, starting this summer. This 6.8% old-fashioned hard cider is both semi-sweet and tart and pours a vibrant crimson from the real raspberries. This will also be the first time Schlafly will be able to offer a certified gluten-free product in the market.

Founding Brewer Stephen Hale explains more, “Our cider has always been a crowd favorite and has developed somewhat of a cult following throughout the years. Now, we can introduce our cider to a larger audience across our distribution footprint and make the treasured recipe available to enjoy all year.”

The 4-packs of Schlafly’s Proper Cider Raspberry will be available starting in mid-June, but cider fans can get a first taste at Schlafly’s Art Outside Festival this weekend, on Friday May 25 through Sunday, May 27. The suggested retail price for the 4-pack is $8. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/.



Freeport, Maine – (May 22, 2018) Maine Beer Company of Freeport, Maine, announces their expansion into Indiana with distributing partner Cavalier Distributing. Maine Beer Company’s highly sought-after IPAs and other styles are now available for limited distribution throughout the state.                                                                                                                                                                     Maine Beer Company will be offering Peeper Pale Ale and Woods & Waters IPA on draught in Indiana.

Peeper Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) is the first beer that Maine brewed, beginning in 2009 on a one-barrel system. It has notes of light citrus, raspberry, and blackberry with subtle pine and light breadiness attributes.

Woods & Waters IPA was originally brewed to commemorate the establishment of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and features Maine-grown barley and wheat, and generous amounts hops featuring flavors and aromas reminiscent of the outdoors.

Lunch IPA and MO Pale Ale will be available in package. Lunch IPA, with notes of tropical and citrus fruit, pine, and subtle malt sweetness, is one of the most sought-after and highly rated beers. It was named after a finback whale spotted off the coast of Maine that looked like she had a bite out of her dorsal fin.

MO Pale Ale (6% ABV) is a pale ale with notes of citrus, passion fruit, pine, and slight malt sweetness.

Launch events are happening through the state this week and next.

Featured events include:

Friday, May 25

Hunter’s Brewing – 4 p.m.

1525 S. Calumet Road

Chesterton, IN 46304

Sixth Street Dive – 5 p.m.

827 N. 6th Street

Lafayette, IN 47904

For all events, visit cavbeer.com/events.


Designated Pilot Required to Visit Scottish Brewery

“The sunny weather last week saw the Arran brewery’s new Helipad in action for the first time. With the first visitors for a brewery tour arriving by helicopter.”

“The brewery has planning permission to build a terminal on the site of their heliport in the South of the Island of Arran above Kildonan.”

“Managing Director Gerald Michaluk, a helicopter pilot himself, said ” it is great to see our first visitors arriving by helicopter we are hopeful more will follow when it is known we have the facility available.  With the new distillery opening in the South of the Island this will be an ideal facility for visitors to both the brewery and distillery. We plan to begin ground works on the new terminal this summer”.”

“Asked if this was a prelude to a regular helicopter service between Arran and the mainland Gerald replied: “We have no plans in this regards but will be offering site seeing tours through our sister company HJS helicopters at some point in the future.  The regulations regarding flying helicopters over water are quite restricting, if affordable helicopters are to be used, but never say never”.”

“The Arran Brewery is allowing free landings with prior notification and fuel will be available on site after the terminal is complete.”

“The terminal will consist of a passenger lounge and crew room as well as offering a Radio Service for arrivals and departures.”

“Those wishing to use the heliport should contact the brewery on 01770 302353 prior to arrival.”