Things never slow in the world of craft beer. And here’s some of what’s been happening while you were drinking your way through the weekend.
Transatlantic Beer Love (Portland, ME) – For the first time ever, Maine-brewed craft beers will be reportedly making their way across the Atlantic and be available in June at a festival being held in Reykjavik.
The Maine Beer Box is a branded shipping container that will ferry Maine’s brewing bounty to the Iceland’s capital. With more than 50 taps built in its side this beer transport system was designed as a way to start introducing Maine Beer into Iceland and eventually to the whole European marketplace. The Beer Box will then make its return to Maine in July, filled this time around with Icelandic craft beer destined for a Portland beer festival.
The Centerpiece of a multi-year effort between the Maine Brewers’ Guild and Eimskip, an Icelandic shipping company, this new international initiative hopes to tap into Europe’s growing enthusiasm for artisan beer, and build demand for Maine beer as an international brand.
Words To Drink By (Portland, ME) – “American craft beer is the hot thing in Europe and they are clamoring for it.”
Sean Sullivan – Maine Brewers’ Guild
Ninkasi Gets A New CEO (Eugene, OR) – Last Wednesday Ninkasi Brewing announced that effective March 1st, CherylCollins will transition from COO to the role of CEO. Ninkasi’s current CEO Nikos Ridge will assume the role of president and will remain on the brewery’s board. And Co-founder Jamie Floyd will remain onboard to sure that both Cheryl and Nikos behave themselves.
Flying Dog Gets A New Brewmaster (Frederick, MD) – In an undisguised attempt to counter Ninkasi’s big news, Flying Dog chose that same Wednesday to announce the appointment of Ben Clark as the brewery’s new Brewmaster.
American Craft Beer’s Tom Bobak Goes To Jail (Washington, DC) – Actually ACB’s Editor-In-Chief just filed an appeal that he feels good about. (We just wanted to see if you were still paying attention).
Sean Sullivan photo credit: Kay Mann
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