Corona: beer production is discontinued

The brewhouses of the Mexican brewery are standing still. Grupo Modelo is thus following the government's instructions.

Already last Monday the government of Mexico declared a health emergency and ordered that all non-essential activities must be stopped by April 30. Non-relevant industrial plants, including breweries, are among them. Grupo Modelo has reacted by shutting the production of Corona. There are no binding exit restrictions in Mexico yet. Airports, shops and restaurants are still open. However, gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited and the beaches are closed. Photo: (c) Jake Bradley by Unsplash

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BrewDog Online Bar

Again a new opening of BrewDog. Adapted to the Corona crisis the Scots have started an online bar last Friday. More than 1,000 people attended.

BrewDog reacted to the crisis in its usual quick way. At first with a pick up service in the bars in all affected countries and cities. This was followed by the production of BrewGel, the Punk Sanitiser, a hand disinfectant. It is distributed free of charge to British aid organisations. Now follows the Online Bar. It offers live beer tastings with the two co-founders James and Martin and many other beer punks. There will also be home brewing courses, the BrewDog crew will be available for questions. Virtual pub quiz games as well as live music and comedy complete the program. Source und further information: Brewdog.com/onlinebar Photo: (c) Screenshot Brewdog

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AB INBEV AND DIAGEO NOW PRODUCE HAND DISINFECTANTS

The world's largest beer and spirits producers AB InBev and Diageo announced on 23rd March that they will donate one million litres of alcohol to the production of hand disinfectants and disinfectants to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Diageo said in a media release that the company will make "Grain Neutral Spirit (GNS) - an ethyl alcohol with 96% strength, mainly used in the production of vodka and gin - available free of charge to hand disinfectant manufacturers in several countries to help overcome bottlenecks in healthcare systems. This donation will enable the production of more than eight million 250 ml bottles of hand disinfectant. Donations to national health systems and workers in the UK, Ireland, Italy, the US, Brazil, Kenya, India and Australia will also be part of the comprehensive donation plan. AB InBev, the world's largest brewery, also does not want to be idle during these times: "We have converted the excess alcohol from our non-alcoholic beers into 50,000 litres of ready-to-use disinfectant, which we are donating to hospitals throughout Europe. We also have 26,000 bottles of hand disinfectant and a selection of non-alcoholic beers that we can distribute to key employees in the coming weeks," says Bart Grieten, Vice President Supply Europe of AB InBev in a message on LinkedIn. Source: inside.beer (tinyurl.com/qshhwjj)

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CBC and World Beer Cup cancelled

The Brewers Assocation has cancelled this year's Craft Brewers Conference in San Antonio due to the current developments in connection with the novel corona virus. Also affected by the cancellation is the World Beer Cup 2020.

The Brewers Association (BA), representing the small and independent breweries in the USA, has been following the situation around COVID-19 as it relates to the Craft Brewers ConferenceⓇ & BrewExpo AmericaⓇ and World Beer Cup™. The association explains the cancellation of both events as follows: We have been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local governments. We has also been actively following travel advisories and restrictions being placed on health care providers and hospitals and institutions in the U.S. and globally. Given the developments over the past 24 hours, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America and World Beer Cup. The Brewers Association will provide full refunds of conference registration and booth fees, sponsor payments, and World Beer Cup competition entries. We are grateful to all of you who made plans to attend this year’s events. It is heartbreaking to miss the annual gathering of our craft brewing community, but the safety and health of attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, staff, volunteers, and the craft brewing community at large is paramount to the Brewers Association. Source and photo: craftbrewersconference.com

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Great American Beer Bars

CraftBeer.com released its annual list of Great American Beer Bars.

With nearly 8,000 breweries in the U.S., beer bars continue to lead the way in introducing great beers with great service. This year, approximately 40 percent of the beer bars CraftBeer.com readers nominated are making their first-ever appearance on the list. “You know a great beer bar when you’re in one. There’s something about the beer menu, the food, the service, the atmosphere, and sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with other beer lovers who were drawn there for the same reasons,” said Jess Baker, editor in chief, CraftBeer.com. “Great beer bars, like the ones our readers nominate, are instrumental in growing this wonderful community that celebrates small and independent U.S. craft brewers.” Methodology: CraftBeer.com readers were asked to nominate their favorite craft beer bar in their state. Beer bars recognized as Great American Beer Bars were selected by popular votes and asked to provide information on their beer bars to confirm their intent to be listed. Over 6,000 votes were cast during the voting period (December 13, 2019 – January 6, 2020). 2020 Great American Beer Bars: Loosa Brews – Tuscaloosa, Alabama Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse — Denali Park, Alaska Arizona Beer House — Tucson, Arizona Fassler Hall – Little Rock, Arkansas Taplands – Santa Clara, California Romero’s K9 Club & Tap House – Lafayette, Colorado Willimantic Brewing Co. – Willimantic, Connecticut Rehoboth Ale House – Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Oil Well Craft Beer – Ave Maria, Florida Brick Store Pub – Decatur, Georgia Grace in Growlers – Kailua, Hawaii PreFunk Beer Bar – Nampa, Idaho The Brass Tap – Orland Park, Illinois Hop Station Craft Bar – Mishawaka, Indiana The Cellar Peanut Pub – Pella, Iowa The Anchor – Wichita, Kansas Holy Grale – Louisville, Kentucky The Avenue Pub – New Orleans, Louisiana Craft Brew Underground – Auburn, Maine Brew Belly Kitchen & Sudhaus – Olney, Maryland Moe’s Tavern – Lee, Massachusetts Brown Iron Brewhouse – Washington Township, Michigan Republic – Minneapolis, Minnesota LD’s BeerRun – Jackson, Mississippi Bier Station – Kansas City, Missouri SHINE Beer Sanctuary & Bottle Shop – Bozeman, Montana Pour Craft Beer & Spirits – Lincoln, Nebraska Piñon Bottle Company – Reno, Nevada Liquid Therapy – Nashua, New Hampshire Rowley Farmhouse Ales – Santa Fe, New Mexico Covenhoven – Brooklyn, New York Grant Street Cafe – Dumont, New Jersey Fermental – Wilmington, North Carolina JL Beers – Fargo, North Dakota Brewfontaine – Bellefontaine, Ohio Social Capital – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma The Beer Mongers – Portland, Oregon Bulls Head Public House – Lititz, Pennsylvania Taberna Boricua – San Juan, Puerto Rico Norey’s – Newport, Rhode Island The Craft Stand – Lancaster, South Carolina Independent Ale House – Rapid City, South Dakota Hops and Hollers – Knoxville, Tennessee The Thistle Draftshop – Spring, Texas Angry Goat Pub and Kitchen – Ogden, Utah The Blackback Pub – Waterbury, Vermont Harry’s Ale House – Fredericksburg, Virginia Ben’s Bottle Shop – Vancouver, Washington ChurchKey – Washington, D.C. Summit Beer Station – Huntington, West Virginia Garth’s Brew Bar – Madison, Wisconsin Black Tooth Brewing – Sheridan, Wyoming Photo by Elevate on Unsplash

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BrewDog plans to open its sixth brewery in California

BrewDog's successful growth continues as their 6th brewery was opened in California. The project was financed via BrewDog's "Equity for Punks" crowd funding campaign, which launched last November.

“We’ve got our 100,000 sq. ft. brewery here in Columbus, Ohio, but there’s such an amazing craft beer scene on the west coast that we would love to be locally a part of that,” said Keith Bennet, BrewDog's Special Projects Manager. Their production site in Columbus increased their output by nearly 46%, to 53,000 barrels (63,200 hl) last year.

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