Beer Buzz – Aslin Beer And Amazon To Be Neighbors, Government Shutdown May Cost Brewery $20,000

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January’s flying by…and clearly the craft beer biz isn’t slowing down any time soon. But no worries, the Beer Buzz is always on the case, keeping you up on all the beer news and lifestyle that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you don’t want to miss that!

Aslin Beer Announces New Brewery In Alexandria Virginia (Herndon, VA) – Influenced By Amazon’s move into Northern Virginia, Andrew Kelley, a co-founder of Aslin Beer told Alexandria Living that the Herndon, Virginia-based brewery plans to open a new production facility and 3,500-square foot tasting room in nearby Alexandria.

Citing Port City Brewing as “paving the way” for craft beer in the  historic city just across the Potomac from Washington, DC, as well as Amazon’s impending move to nearby Crystal City, Aslin Beer hopes to open the new brewery, which will also feature private event space, a tasting room and retail space,” by mid-2019.”

Aslin Beer was launched by Kelley, along with partners Kai Leszkowicz and Richard Thompson, in 2015. The three had been home-brewing together for about seven years ago before first opening their doors. Aslin Beer recently closed their tasting room in Herndon, but its production facility remains open and they continue to sell limited releases out of their facility there.

 

Words To Drink By (Washington, DC) – “I’ve always viewed the craft beer biz as an entertainment industry and we actively promote and cover it that way” Tom Bobak / American Craft Beer

 

Government Shutdown Could Cost Wisconsin Brewery $20,000 (Amherst, WI) – Central Waters Brewing has told the Stevens Point Journal that the government shutdown’s closure of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has put a necessary label correction for a new IPA in limbo that could prove costly.

Central Waters’ inability to get that beer label approval for the IPA they intended to sell out-of-state could potentially cost the Amherst company at least $20,000 and future losses well after the shutdown ends due to an expected backlog of pending approvals that might further complicate things.

What We’ve Been Drinking Lately (Berkeley, CA) –Anchor Brewing kicked off 2019  with a special beer we’ve been enjoying that they crafted in collaboration with local nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper, a non-profit that has defended the San Francisco Bay from pollution for over 30 years.  Uber crisp and refreshing, Anchor Baykeeper IPA is a 7% ABV special release with a hoppy, fruit-forward character and huge lime, orange zest and papaya aromatics.

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