Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 28, 2015January 28, 2015
•The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) has rescinded its challenge to rules governing craft beer tasting room sales, as the state agency regulating the matter says it will revisit the issue. According to local reports, Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation is preparing to hold hearings on the tasting room sales question, which has divided craft brewers and retailers in the state. Earlier this year, the FRF filed a lawsuit to halt the issuing of retail licenses for craft brewery tasting room sales under the current practice, which it says was originally intended to allow Anheuser-Busch to sell beer at the Busch Gardens theme park, under a so-called “tourist exception” to the three-tier system. While the FRF has said it simply wants the rules on tasting room sales clarified, craft brewers have voiced concerns that the group is seeking to undermine that part of their business, which has helped fuel the craft brewing boom in Florida.
•Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing has added Dawn of the Red India Red Ale to its year-round 2015 Flagship Series lineup. Originally launched as part of Ninkasi’s small-batch Rare & Delicious series, Dawn of the Red is made with El Dorado, Mosaic, Ahtanum, Millennium and Galena hops. The 7%-abv entry will be available across Ninkasi’s eight-state U.S. footprint through December 2015, packaged in 12-ounce six-packs, 12-ounce variety 12-packs, 22-ounce bottles, 22-ounce variety four-packs and on draft. Dawn of the Red marks the sixth label in the brewer’s 2015 Flagship Series, joining Total Domination IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, Tricerahops Double IPA, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout and Lux, a German-style Helles Lager.
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