Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Redhook leaves Woodinville, 6th Annual Rye Beer Fest and best craft beer state

Ron Swarner

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craft-breweries-by-stateMORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY, MAY 4 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the Star Wars Smash Mouth. …

Craft Brew Alliance, Redhook Ale Brewery’s parent company, announced it will shut down the Redhook brewery in Woodinville.

Asheville, North Carolina-based Wicked Weed Brewing will be acquired by Anheuser-Busch’s The High End, a division of AB-InBev, according to a press release put out Wednesday. Wicked Weed was founded in 2012 by Walt and Luke Dickinson and friends Ryan, Rick and Denise Guthy.

Diehard craft beer community followers weren’t the only ones shocked to learn of yesterday’s Wicked Weed acquisition by AB-InBev. Jester King Brewery founder Jeffery Stuffings shared his thoughts on the acquisition announcing that Jester King would no longer sell Wicked Weed products based on the principal that the world’s largest brewery conglomerate has actively pushed legislation to oppose the interest of Texas craft brewers.

Cascade Brewing released its Kriek 2016 project in bottle and draft at its two pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Raccoon Lodge – and through its distribution channels. Kriek is a blend of sour red ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 17 months with Bing and sour pie cherries. The beer features complex flavors of cherries, roast malts, oak and spice, and comes in at 7.4 percent ABV.

The 6th Annual Rye Beer Fest, a Portland Beer Week (June 8-18) event, returns with this June 17th to a new larger location at Happy Valley Station, an indoor/outdoor food cart pod and taproom. This year also benefits a new charity – New Avenues For Youth. The beer lineup of over twenty-beers includes new/special beers from famous rye beer brewers like Bear Republic and Reuben’s Brews and is complimented by Happy Valley Station’s 18+ food carts.

So where do you have the best chance to sample the greatest variety of craft beer possible? Which states and cities have the most craft breweries overall? Priceonomics analyzed business listing data from its customer Datafiniti to offer some perspective.

In honor of May the Fourth, Star Wars characters sing “All Star” by Smash Mouth. …

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