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RAMMYS Beer Program of the Year Finalists Shine in May

Finalists for the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) 2016 RAMMY Award for Beer Program of the Year have exciting special events and promotions planned for May 2 through May 6. During that week, the five finalists will showcase their outstanding offerings through in-house promotions, reaffirming why they deserve to win one of the region’s premier industry accolades—a RAMMY Award.

Flights in Focus

At Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, there are two dozen draft taps plus a cask engine, all of which rotate frequently. So much so that the restaurant shifted away from printed beer menus to a projector, saving on paper and ink, and allowing them to actually update the beer selection as kegs kick.

Umstead Hotel and Spa Celebrates North Carolina Beer Month

Commemorating the fourth annual “North Carolina Beer Month,” The Umstead Hotel and Spa has planned two April events inspired by state-made brews. Local beers dominate The Umstead’s year-round menu, and the April programming highlights the strong craft culture that has put North Carolina into the national spotlight.

Blackberry Farm Brewery Expands to 38 States

The Blackberry Farm Brewery has recently expanded to offer beers in 38 states and the District of Columbia with planned expansion to continue in 2016. The brewery’s first beer of 2016 is a Spring Saison that is part of the Saison family that was introduced in 2015, which included releases of Summer, Fall, and Winter Saison as well as the Classic Saison.

Small and Independent Brewers Continue to Grow Double Digits

The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, released 2015 data on U.S. craft brewing growth. With more breweries than even before, small and independent craft brewers now represent 12 percent market share of the overall beer industry.

Deschutes Brewery Chooses Roanoke, Virginia for Second Home

Deschutes Brewery announced its much-anticipated decision on an East Coast location at an event in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. The growing brewery, which was founded in Oregon in 1988 by Gary Fish, has explored hundreds of potential locations in the region over the last two years.

20th Annual Brewgrass Festival Announced

Brewgrass Festival, Western North Carolina’s original craft beer festival, announced its 20th anniversary event will be held on September 17 at Memorial Stadium in Asheville. Over 55 breweries will offer a diverse assortment of national and regional craft beers against a backdrop of Bluegrass-infused music.

Palette 22 Debuts New Beverage Program

Palette 22, the newest venture from Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP) located in the heart of The Village at Shirlington at 4053 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, Virginia, unveils its new beverage program to pair with the menus of globally inspired small plates.

Oregon Brewers Festival Toasts 29th Year

One of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals, the Oregon Brewers Festival is a craft beer destination, and 80,000 annually make the pilgrimage to drink up what the festival has to offer.

FSR Rising Stars to Present at BevCon Charleston

BevCon Charleston is a multi-day curated event in Charleston, South Carolina, from August 21—24 that brings together national and international beverage and culinary minded professionals.

Spirits Continue to Gain Momentum in Sales

On-premise traffic during the first four weeks of 2016 was dampened by winter storm Jonas (1.3 percent year over year decrease). The four weeks through February showed modest improvement (0.8 percent decrease year over year), trending above rolling 12-week (1.

Branded Brews

When Tasty Burger in Boston, Massachusetts, went searching for a beer it could offer its guests as a private-label tap handle, the growing chain, which has four locations, a food truck, and a stand in Fenway Park, wanted something that would pair perfectly alongside its burgers.