Category: Beer

Inside Beer: First the HORSE, Then the Cart

There’s a large blue HORSE taking up several prime parking spaces at Fremont Brewing in Seattle. Owner Matt Lincecum can see if from his office window. “I’m looking at it right now,” he says. “It’s a public/private partnership between us, the state of Washington and a local bioenergy company where we take a small-but-significant portion of our liquid and solid waste and convert it into electricity.” The blue shipping container in Fremont’s parking lot houses the country’s first portable bioenergy plant. Called HORSE (for High-solids Organic-waste Recycling System with Electrical Output), the unit is capable of turning roughly 1,000...

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Going Green: Legalization of marijuana for recreational use brings challenges and opportunities to the alcohol beverage industry.

“Well-balanced, flavorful, and mild.” “Citrus-like, fruity.” “Great with dessert.” These may sound like descriptors from the latest Wine Spectator, but they’re actually excerpts from cannabis reviews, published last September in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. What was once almost unimaginable in the United States has come to pass: Pot has gone mainstream. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize recreational cannabis; Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia followed in 2014. The November 2016 election added California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine to the list. As more states vote to legalize recreational cannabis, the alcohol...

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YCH HOPS Names Michael Goettl CEO

Michael Goettl, a former division president at Al Dahra Holding, has joined Yakima Chief – Hopunion (YCH HOPS) as CEO. He succeeds Steve Carpenter, who’s served as interim CEO since February 2016 and transitions to COO of the company. YCH HOPS is a grower-owned global supplier of sustainably produced, innovative hop products for beer. Upon announcement, Goettl commented, “I’m thrilled to become a member of a very strong YCH HOPS team in joining the great community of Yakima Valley [Washington]. I look forward to working closely with our grower-owners and other hops producers in the Pacific Northwest, as well...

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BevMo! Welcomes Matt Navarro as SVP

Retailing veteran Matt Navarro has been brought in as senior vice president of operations to oversee BevMo! He will be focused on elevating the in-store shopping experience by encouraging customer loyalty, enhancing the service model, and strengthening employee development programs. Navarro joins the 165-store beverage-lifestyle company with previous tenure at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Staples, among others, where he earned a reputation for building leaders and implementing innovative measures that positively impacted sales. “Matt is a highly skilled operator within a number of retail categories,” said BevMo! CEO Dimitri Haloulos in a press release announcing the hire. “We’re excited...

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Sunday Funday: Oklahoma OKs Sunday Spirits Sales

Oklahoma has become the 40th state in the union to legalize spirits sales on Sundays. The change will help alleviate the negative impact felt by small-scale retailers that were affected by the state’s decision last year to allow wine sales in grocery stores. The new rule takes effect October 1, 2018. Oklahoma closely follows Minnesota, which approved similar legislation earlier this year. Alabama is also moving in that direction. More than eight years ago, the state legislature voted to allow Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants, furthering demand from retail and grocery stores for similar rights. So far, five municipalities...

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