In an effort to build a community of craft, Craft Beverage Expo (CBE), a conference and expo established to aid collaboration between craft beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits producers, is partnering with the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Influencers from both organizations have agreed to speak at their respective events, CBE and Beverage Alcohol for Restaurant (BAR) at the NRA show, to open the channels of communication between craft beverage producers and the restaurant industry as a whole.
Actor Channing Tatum, best known for starring roles in 21 Jump Street, White House Down and Magic Mike, will appear at Amazonian beverage maker Runa's booth at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim on Friday, March 6. (FoodConsumer.org)
Fans of New Belgium Brewing no longer have to cross the border into Indiana, Ohio or Tennessee. Starting March 2, New Belgium Brewing will begin distributing in Kentucky, expanding the brewery’s distribution to 38 states. New Belgium will offer the brewery’s flagship beer Fat Tire, along with year-round releases Ranger IPA, Slow Ride Session IPA and Snapshot Wheat on draft and in 12-ounce bottles. Seasonal releases, along with Rampant Imperial IPA, Trippel Belgian-Style Ale and New Belgium’s variety packs will also be available in 12-ounce packages.
Building on its international success and capitalizing on current trends in the American wine market, Puklavec & Friends (p & f) has launched in the U.S. market. Since the 1930s, the Puklavec family has been making wines in the region of Ljutomer-Ormož, near the Austrian border of Slovenia. Prized for its mineral and lime-rich soils, this region is known for producing the best white wines in Slovenia.
Oskar Blues' spring seasonal, Gubna Imperial IPA, rolls out in March with a new hop bill featuring some of the most aromatic hops, all of which were sniffed out by Oskar Blues staff at concurrent hop selection panels at both breweries. Each year Gubna is reinvented, taking the season's highest quality hops and creating a formidable and complex Imperial IPA. Coming in at 100+ international bitterness units and 10 percent ABV, this inimitable beer is an IPA unlike any other. Available on tap and in 12-ounce 4-packs, this hop grenade joins the diabolical Oskar Blues roster from March until July each year.
Avitae USA, LLC, the leader in the caffeinated water category, will unveil its first flavored, all-natural caffeine waters at the Natural Products Expo West, March 6 to 8 in Anaheim, Calif. The new lineup consists of Pomegranate Açai, Tangerine, Blackberry and Strawberry Guava. They will be available in the 90-milligram caffeine level only and are expected to be on store shelves in late March.