Ninkasi Opens In-House Recording Studio
March marked the release of the Dawn of the Red Compilation EP from Eugene, Ore.’s Ninkasi Brewing, an album recorded at the brewery’s in-house studio. Intended to support up-and-coming artists, the studio opened in June 2014. Five West Coast bands contributed songs inspired by Ninkasi’s Dawn of the Red India Red Ale to the EP.
Flying Dog Wins Free Speech Battle
In March, the US Court of Appeals sided with Flying Dog Brewery in a long battle over free speech that began in 2009. Declaring the Maryland company’s label offensive, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) banned the brewery from registering its Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA. In its ruling the court found the MLCC violated Flying Dog’s First Amendment rights.
US Canned Beer Sales Grew in 2014
From 2013 to 2014, beer packaging shifted significantly in favor of cans, which grew by 30 million cases to make up 55 percent of total packaged beer sales, according to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Bottles, at 35 percent, lost market share, while draft remained steady at 10 percent. Various factors, including expansion into service industries like airlines, contributed to this shift.
Brewers Association Makes an Appeal to eBay
The Brewers Association, in partnership with keg supplier MicroStar Logistics and the Beer Institute, asked eBay to stop facilitating the sale of property stolen from brewers. The letter, sent in March, urges the site not to allow the sale of used kegs without proof of purchase, and offers assistance in checking lawful ownership and returning stolen property. ■