First Annual Door County Brewing Company Cribbage Tournament
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    We are thrilled to announce we are having our First Annual Door County Brewing Co. Cribbage Tournament, Saturday, March 14 from 1-6pm. Gathering for great beer and card games has been a tradition since before our grandfather’s time. We at the brewery think that is something to celebrate, and what better way then with one of Wisconsin’s favorite card games, Cribbage.

    Invented by Sir John Suckling, a poet and gambler in the early 1600s. Cribbage has withstood the test of time from being the most popular card game in during World War II for American Submariners, to being played by over 100 Cribbage clubs in the United States today.

    The First Annual Door County Brewing Co. Cribbage Tournament is $12 to play and includes one draft beer or a non-alcoholic beverage. Winner will receive a case of Door County Brewing Co. beer if over 21, and a case of Sprecher Root Beer if under 21.

    At Door County Brewing Co. we pride ourselves in brewing beer that inspires people to gather no matter where they are. We use the highest quality ingredients and local product when available to create heritage inspired beers. Because we consider our relationships with our community and surroundings to be crucial in our growth as brewers and as a company, we started The Door County Brewing Co. Charitable Fund to support local entrepreneurs and charities. All proceeds from the First Annual Door County Brewing Co. Cribbage Tournament will be donated to the fund to help support our community’s future.

    Posted by Wisconsin Brewers Guild at 4:11 PM | 0 comments

Point's New Spring Seasonal Has The Magic Touch
Friday, February 6, 2015
    STEVENS POINT, Wis. February 6, 2015– Apricadabra! Say the magic word and enjoy a magic moment when you savor Apricadabra Apricot Wheat Ale, the refreshing new spring seasonal beer from the Stevens Point Brewery.

    Delightful, aromatic and perfectly balanced, Apricadabra Apricot Wheat Ale is being introduced during February in six-packs and 12-packs of 12-ounce NR bottles, 12-ounce can 12-packs and on draft wherever Point’s handcrafted beers are sold.

    Brewed using caramel and Vienna malts, malted white wheat, El Dorado hops and fresh apricot juice, Apricadabra Apricot Wheat Ale is a traditional unfiltered Bavarian hefeweizen ale displaying a hazy, golden straw color. Point Brewmaster Gabe Hopkins and his team of brewers ferment the beer using an authentic hefeweizen yeast imported from Bavaria, and lightly spice it with El Dorado hops.

    Beer and fruit are a natural combination, according to Hopkins. In the case of Apricadabra, the apricot complements the malted white wheat well, he said. “The beer offers a hint of apricot flavor and aroma combined with traditional hefeweizen flavor characteristics. The wheat lends a delicate crispness to the beer, which is light in body but quite big on flavor and aroma,” he said. The El Dorado hops, a relatively new variety from Washington State’s Yakima Valley, America’s premier hop-growing region, pairs well with fruit and is equally suitable as an aroma or bittering hops, Hopkins added. “With a pleasant nose, fruity finish and mild hop bitterness, it’s a perfect session beer for a warm spring evening.”

    Fruit beers, including fruit-flavored wheat beers, have always been a popular segment of the growing craft beer market and are especially trendy today, reported Joe Martino, Stevens Point Brewery Managing Partner. “Brewing a wheat beer with apricot is something a bit different, and it gives our new spring seasonal that magic touch that we believe will delight our audience as spring arrives,” Martino said. “Discovering unique flavors is what craft beer enthusiasts like to do and Apricadabra Apricot Wheat Ale delivers the goods.”

    Posted by Wisconsin Brewers Guild at 9:36 AM | 0 comments

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Effort to Grow America’s Craft Beer Industry
Thursday, February 5, 2015

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has joined a bipartisan effort in the United States Senate, led by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME), to reintroduce S. 375, The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act or Small BREW Act that will stimulate regional economies nationwide with a reduction in the excise tax on each barrel of beer brewed by small brewers. The bill also changes the threshold definition of a small brewer to better reflect modern production.

    “Wisconsin’s brewers have been at the center of our culture and anchors of local communities since our state’s beginning,” said Baldwin. “They create jobs and reinvest their profits back into their local economies and we need to be investing in them. I’m proud to support tax relief for craft brewers across Wisconsin in order to help create jobs and grow our Made in Wisconsin economy.”

    "Wisconsin is home to over 100 small and local craft breweries and while they produce less than 5% of the beer brewed in Wisconsin, they supply a majority of the brewing jobs which are located in every part of our state,” said Mark Garthwaite, Wisconsin Brewers Guild Executive Director. “Growth in Wisconsin's craft brewing sector means an increase in employment opportunities and the Small BREW Act will provide an additional hiring boost that will facilitate continued and vibrant growth that benefits the broader Wisconsin economy.”

    The Brewers Association determined in 2012 that the economic impact of the craft brewing industry in Wisconsin was $856 million. Accounting for growth since that time, that figure is likely to have surpassed $1 billion. The Small BREW Act would enable Wisconsin’s craft breweries to reinvest over $1.5 million into their businesses each year which would facilitate additional hiring to keep pace with the growing demand for craft beer produced in local communities. Wisconsin craft breweries already attract well over a million visitors to their facilities every year and tourism dollars fueled by the growth of craft brewing will provide economic opportunities in communities all across the state.

    WATCH: During American Craft Beer Week 2013, Baldwin sat down with Sprecher Brewing Company President Jeff Hamilton to discuss the legislation and how it impacts Wisconsin’s economy.

    The Small BREW Act of 2015 would reduce the federal excise tax on every one of America’s small craft brewers. Under current federal law, brewers producing fewer than 2 million barrels annually pay $7 per barrel in federal excise taxes on the first 60,000 barrels they brew, and $18 per barrel on every additional barrel (one barrel = 31 gallons). Under the Small BREW Act, the rate would be $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels. For production between 60,001 and 2 million barrels, the rate would be $16.00 per barrel. Then, the rate would be $18.00 per barrel. Breweries with annual production of 6 million or fewer barrels would qualify for these new tax rates.

    Joining as original cosponsors of the Small BREW Act are Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Angus King (I-Maine), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

    There are now more than 3,200 small and independent breweries in the United States, with approximately 1.5 more opening every day, according to the Brewers Association. Even though these small breweries represent about 12 percent of the U.S. beer industry in volume terms, they now represent the majority of jobs in beer. In 2013, craft breweries directly employed 110,273 people. They had a total economic impact of more than 360,000 full-time equivalent jobs generating more than $3 billion in wages and benefits; and paying more than $2.3 billion in business, personal and consumption taxes in towns and cities across America.

    Because of differences in economies of scale, small brewers have higher costs for raw materials, production, packaging, and market entry compared to larger, well-established multinational competitors. Adjusting the excise tax rate would provide small brewers with an additional $65-$70 million each year they could use to start or expand their businesses on a local, regional, or national scale.

    An economic impact study by then-Harvard University’s Dr. John Friedman (now at Brown University) found that the bill would generate $183.1 million in economic activity in the first year and almost $1.04 billion over five years and would also create nearly 5,230 jobs in just the first year.

    The small brewer threshold and tax rate were established in 1976 and have never been updated. Since then, the largest multinational producer of beer has increased its annual production from 45 million barrels to 97 million barrels domestically and 325 million barrels globally. Raising the ceiling that defines small breweries from two million barrels to six million barrels more accurately reflects the intent of the original differentiation between large and small brewers in the U.S.

    Posted by Wisconsin Brewers Guild at 4:13 PM | 0 comments


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