Craft New York Act Eases Regulations
The Craft New York act, a law easing regulations on craft brewers and distillers, took effect on Dec. 13. Besides permitting sales by the glass, it lowers food requirements and increases the production cap to 75,000 barrels for micro and farm breweries. New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo also signed a grant providing $3 billion for industry promotion and tourism.
Port Brewing and Lost Abbey Debut New Line
On Dec. 1, Lost Abbey and Port Brewing of San Marcos, Calif., announced a new line of hoppy beers called The Hop Concept. Launching in February, the first release in the Hop Freshener series will be Dank and Sticky IPA. Available in limited quantities by the bottle and on draft, the series will explore new hop combinations, including experimental varieties.
US Brewers Win at European Beer Star Awards
At the 11th European Beer Star competition in Nuremberg, Germany, judges awarded 39 medals to US brewers. Firestone Walker also won the consumer favorite award for Stickee Monkee, a barrel-aged Belgian Quad. Notably, US breweries swept several categories, including English-Style Bitter, Dry Stout and English-Style Porter.
Australian Breweries Request Fair Trade Investigation
In November, the Australian Real Craft Brewers Association asked the World Trade Organization to settle a dispute over fair trade, asserting that tax cuts for a majority of countries in the Organization for Co-operation and Economic Development were unfair to Australia’s small brewers. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has also launched an investigation into pay-to-play laws disadvantaging smaller breweries. ■