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Growler USA Announces Sale of 35 Franchised Microbrew Pubs

Growler USA has signed franchise agreements that will expand its brand footprint to 35 locations in 18 states by the end of the year, including pub debuts in metro areas of Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, and several other cities across the country.

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap to Host Fruit Beer Tap Takeover

With summer just around the bend, beer and barbecue hotspot Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap in Chicago is hosting a Fruit Beer Tap Takeover at 6 p.m. on June 16.The restaurant will offer seven various fruit beers available on tap selected by Beverage Director Emilie Sharboneau including the Dark Horse Raspberry Ale, Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin and Mango Even Keel, Coronado Brewing Berry The Hatchet, North Coast Cherry Berliner Weisse, Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose, and Green Flash Tangerine Kicker.

Suds and Sun

Beer goes with a great many things, and top of that list is, naturally, food. Many would say that great company shares top honors, but let’s not forget sunshine, too. Beer sales surge in the summer months (Nielsen scans show the Fourth of July is consistently the peak) and the opportunity to soak up rays and hops simultaneously is a key driver for restaurants that provide for dining, and imbibing, al fresco.

Beer Cocktails are a Balancing Act

In the throes of a steamy summer, few rituals are as satisfying as reaching for an ice-cold beer. But in recent years, amid a surge of quality craft brews, bartenders are encouraging patrons to think beyond the usual trifecta of cans, bottles, and draughts.

World of Beer Debuts Summer Seasonal Menu For First Time Ever

With summer on the horizon, World of Beer is celebrating the season in the perfect way—with beer and craveable summer food favorites. For the first time, WOB is introducing a summertime menu that offers elevated twists and enhanced flavors on time-honored American dishes for the season, that were created to pair perfectly with seasonal craft beers.

Victorious Seasons

It would be a massive understatement to say that the beer menu has changed quite a bit since 1996. That’s the year Downingtown, Pennsylvania–based Victory Brewing Company first opened its doors, at the tail end of craft brewing’s initial boom.

Brookhaven Beer Festival Returns for 6th Annual Event

For three years straight, Brookhaven Beer Fest has sold out with 4,000 people in attendance making it the second largest beer fest in Metro Atlanta. Back in its sixth year, guest’s taste buds will experience one of the largest samplings of beers in Atlanta with over 200 domestic and international beers and wines.

The Best Restaurants to Eat and Drink in Cleveland

Edwins Leadership & Restaurant InstituteNotable: More than 200 wines and 150 spirits with a focus on French and European regionsBrandon Chrostowski’s restaurant, which equips formerly incarcerated adults with the hospitality skills and support needed to successfully re-enter society, is more than a feel-good story: It’s simply a great venue with an equally stellar beverage program.

The Best Restaurants to Eat and Drink in Philadelphia

a.kitchen+barNotable: A wine and cocktail list that syncs with a charcoal grillThis dual concept from High Street Hospitality Group—the Philly team behind Fork, a 2016 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant, as well as High Street on Market and High Street on Hudson in New York City, could be the group’s most interesting.

Defying Convention

How long has it really been since the madness began?Speaking in late February, Jude Feyedelem thought it might be 18 months, although that felt like a distant and understated calculation. “It’s been insane.

Spirits’ Share of Alcohol Gains Continues

On-premise traffic declined 4.2 percent year-over-year during the four-week period ending April 17, continuing the weak performance seen during the previous four weeks. Traffic growth remained below the 12-week (-3 percent) and the 52-week (-1.

Showtime 2016!

The largest foodservice trade show in the country returns to Chicago’s McCormick Place on May 21–24. Highlights to check out include educational sessions, special events, and a dynamic BAR scene.

With New Strategy in Place, Bottleneck Management Looks Ahead to Bright Future

During a conversation with FSR in July, Bottleneck Management CEO Chris Bisaillon revealed big plans for his growing restaurant group. The Chicago-headquartered company was eyeing four additional Old Town Pour Houses in the coming 18 months, and had visions of a 30-store, $150-million brand some time in the next eight years.

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.