Beer News

News by | Feb 2016 | Issue #109
Charlie Papazian, left, and Bob Pease. | photos © Brewers Association

Papazian Steps Down as Brewers Association President

In early January, the Brewers Association announced that CEO Bob Pease will replace Charlie Papazian as president. After serving as founding president for 37 years, Papazian will remain an integral part of the organization, appearing at events internationally and documenting the association’s history. Papazian also founded the American Homebrewers Association and the Institute for Brewing Studies, and authored several seminal books on beer and brewing.

Wolaver’s Stops Production

Wolaver’s Organic Ales announced in early December that it had brewed and shipped its last batch of beer, Alta Gracia Coffee Porter. Produced by Otter Creek Brewing in Middlebury, Vt., Wolaver’s cited the availability and cost of organic ingredients as factors in the decision. Wolaver’s was the first USDA-Certified Organic brand and had been in production for 20 years.

Growler Delivery Service Launches in San Francisco

Hopsy, a growler-delivery service in Albany, Calif., sets itself apart from other booze delivery services by offering consumers a single option: 32-ounce growlers of beer. The company launched in January with 10 breweries, including Magnolia Brewing and Half Moon Bay Brewing, and hopes to double that number by summer. Hopsy also pledges to keep beer below 40°F on its trip from brewery to customer.

Illinois Nuns Sue for Right to Brew

Nuns from the Fraternite of Notre Dame convent have filed a federal lawsuit after the McHenry County board denied their plans to add a brewery, winery, boarding school and nursing home to their 95-acre property in rural Coral Township, Ill. The request was denied in a 20–3 vote, with opponents expressing concern about added traffic. The lawsuit claims discrimination on a religious basis.