Friday, July 1st, 2016

Craft beer dealmaking, beeriest lake towns …

Ron Swarner

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If you’re looking for breweries at a lake community, don’t skip Lake Tahoe.

MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, JULY 1 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. …

The Alpine Lakes Pale charity beer by Elliott Bay Brewing Company will be released July 7 and poured during the July 16 Brewshed® Tap Take Over and Washer’s Tournament at Naked City Brewery and Taproom in Greenwood.

The Pedaler’s Fair is spilling into the streets of Ballard for its fifth year as a marketplace for makers and artists to showcase their local bike-inspired goods July 3. The festivities include the Ballard Beer Festival at Peddler Brewing, Hilliard’s Beer and NW Peaks Brewery.

What a week for craft dealmaking. The intellectual property and select brewing assets of Seattle-based Hilliard’s Beer LLC will be transferred to the smaller Odin Brewing Company in Tukwila, Washington. Lagunitas Brewing announced a string of investments into three smaller breweries that are intended to help the country’s sixth largest craft outfit “expand” the way it participates in local markets. And, Oklahoma’s Krebs Brewing Company has purchased Tulsa-based Prairie Artisan Ales, a small but well-known craft label amongst beer aficionados.

The Oregon Brewers Guild has announced that employment, sales, and production numbers all increased in 2015. Oregonians consumed 650,500 barrels of beer produced in Oregon in 2015, an 11.2 percent increase from 2014, which is more than 22.1 percent of all beer consumed in the state.

Five top-notch summer lake towns and where to find the kind of quality brews to make your getaway a splash this summer.

While investors game the markets and observers wait to find out what exit terms the European Union will give Britain over the course of what’s expected to be a more than two-year process, there is one certain: It will be cheap to buy British beer (as long as you’re not in Britain).

Eating is dangerous and difficult — if it weren’t necessary for survival, we probably wouldn’t bother. How many times have you pricked yourself with a salad fork, or squirted hot sauce in your eye, or gotten a tiny fish bone lodged in your trachea, or burned the inside of your mouth with a sip of hot soup? Too many times. The agony! Blessedly, ingenious inventors and innovators have made it their life’s work to bestow upon us a variety of mechanisms and accessories that make food not only safer, but easier — and in many cases, more fun.