We blame the industry for this… It used to be that when we wrapped up our Weekend Picks on Friday, we could coast through the weekend. But clearly all that’s changed. So here’s some of what’s happened in the world of craft beer while you were off enjoying yourself.
New Belgium Reaffirms Its Independence (Ft Collins, CO) – At a recent company-wide retreat, New Belgium Co-founder and Executive Chair of the Board, Kim Jordan, dismissed rumors that the brewery was looking for a buyer. And according to Brewbound Jordan reassured “employees that the country’s 4th largest craft brewery would continue to remain 100 percent employee owned for the foreseeable future.”
Maine Brewery Plans To Quadrupel Their Size (Freeport, ME) – Maine Beer Is reportedly betting big on their future and planning a major expansion that would almost quadruple the size of its popular brewery and tasting room. According to a proposal that was recently submitted to the city’s Planning Department, the brewery hopes to add a 20,300-square-foot, two-story building to its existing 6,000 square sq. foot facility.
Words To Drink By (Scotland, UK) – ““We believe in freedom of speech and artistic expression. We don’t believe in mindless censorship.”
James Watt / Co-Founder BrewDog
More Equity For Punks (Columbus, OH) – In an effort to help raise funds for their new US-based brewery in Ohio BrewDog is looking to replicate the massive crowdfunding campaign that helped them launch their initial operation in the UK. The Scots are attempting to break their own equity crowdfunding world record by raising a further $50 million in six months. Equity for Punks USA shares cost $47.50 each and the minimum investment is two shares and if you feel like investing you need to go HERE.
Prairie Artisan Stakes Its Claim In OKC (Oklahoma City, OK) – Prairie Artisan Ales is planning a new destination brewery, taproom and creative space in the heart of Oklahoma City, scheduled to open in 2017. The brewery has long been a multi-location operation, and the development in Oklahoma City is seen as the perfect addition to their production brewery in Krebs and their brewpub in Tulsa.