My picks of beer news from around the web that you need to read and my two cents on the topics. Most of the time it’s Hawaii beer news topics, but every once in a while you’ll find other general beer related topics.
Hawaii Nui Brewing Facebook – This is the first activity I’ve seen out of Hawaii Nui Brewing since announcing their new ownership and remodel plans for the Hilo brewing facility. They’ve “redesigned” the logo…slightly. New logo on the left, old on the right. http://on.fb.me/1isfPIt
Beer Street Journal – Anchor Brewing will be releasing a new IPA in February. We can probably expect to see it in Hawaii in March. Anchor IPA is a more modern take on the style at 6.5% abv and loaded with Cascade, Citra, Nelson Sauvin and an experimental hop. Anchor pioneered the American IPA style with Liberty Ale. http://bit.ly/1gMIBWA
The Full Pint – I guess I can start reporting on new Stone products since they are sort of/kind of/maybe/I guess coming to Hawaii (Maui at least for now.) A new session IPA should hit the market this Spring and is sure to become one of their best selling beers. If it is anything like Levitation (my personal favorite from Stone) then it’s going to be great! http://bit.ly/1isk4n6
Beer Pulse – New Belgium is eyeing Hawaii distribution for 2014. It only makes sense for the brewery as they look to expand and you know Fat Tire will do very well here. Rumor is that brewery reps are in the islands right now meeting with distributors and checking out our awesome beer spots. http://bit.ly/1fHLB3B
Pacific Business News – Senate Bill 3041 looks to cut taxes for local breweries and wineries and is circling the Legislature now. The bill would cut taxes from 93 cents per gallon to 23 cents for breweries. Hawaii has one of the highest brewery taxes in the nation, which combined with our already high costs of goods and utilities makes it very difficult for breweries. http://bit.ly/1brgEfs