UPDATE on FDA Proposal

April 4th, 2014 by Scott Marks


The FDA held a conference call with staff and legal counsel from the Brewers Association last Thursday.

 In brief, the FDA recognized the concern and interest from the craft brewing community. Thanks to each of you who sent a comment to the FDA.

 It appears that the FDA will have a revised proposal out this summer. Our hope is that this new proposal will have a minimal impact on our ability to easily send spent grain to farmers as animal feed. This new proposal will also trigger another comment period.

 There has been a tremendous amount of media attention as well as strong Congressional support for our industry. Here is a video of Senator Collins speaking on behalf of craft brewers.

 I would again like to thank each of you who commented. Our voice appears to have been heard, but we still may need to raise it again. I will keep you posted


Leaders of the brewing, distribution and technology industries have formed the new Beer Industry Technology Symposium, BITS, to create a dedicated industry forum where technology and strategy intersect. The first BITS will be held in Napa, California in conjunction with the Wine Industry Technology Symposium® – WITS® June 30 & July 1, 2014 at the Napa Valley Marriott.

The purpose of BITS is to address the unique information technology, and service needs, of the beer industry.  BITS is dedicated to bringing the world’s leading beer industry professionals together with the world’s leading technology experts, to foster learning and discussion. Panels of experts will discuss specific examples and case studies that will deliver tangible take-home value and create relationships.

The BITS event website is here.


Volume and Sales Reach Record Levels as Market Share Surpasses Seven Percent
The Brewers Association, the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, today released 2013 data on U.S. craft brewing growth. As a primary driver of growth in the beer industry, craft brewers saw an 18 percent rise in volume, representing a total of 15.6 million barrels, and a 20 percent increase in retail dollar value. Read the complete press release.


2014 CA State Fair Commercial Craft Competition

March 13th, 2014 by Scott Marks


The Northern California Brewers Guild has announced the 2014 California State Fair Commercial Craft beer competition which will begin accepting registration and payment from May 1st through May 16th.  You can register your entries at www.northerncalbrewers.com under the State Fair Events tab at the top right of the page.  The Northern California Brewers Guild has also set up a payment option using PayPal which will be an option when registering. 

The entries will be due the week of June 9th – June 13th between 11:00am – 4:00pm at DBI Beverages, 3500 Carlin Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691.  Judging will take place Thursday, June 19th – Sunday, June 22nd from 10:00am – 4:00pm each day at DBI Beverage.

New for 2014, will be the addition of the Brewery of the Year & the Media’s Choice Award. BOS Show, Brewery of Year, Media’s Choice and all other winners will be announced and awarded ribbons at the Cal Expo Brew Fest on July 19th, 2014.

If you have an owner, brewer, or sales representative who is interested in judging please contact [email protected] to be included in judging of this prestigious competition.


Registration is now open for the Spring General Meeting at the California Center for the Arts, in Escondido. All CCBA members, California breweries and breweries in planning are invited to attend. 

May 19th – Workshops and Beer Garden BBQ at Stone Brewing Co., Escondido
May 20th – General Meeting at California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Please register for the event here.

Legislators Visit Stone Brewing Company

February 16th, 2014 by Scott Marks


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What brings both sides of the aisle together with a smile? Craft beer of course! Republican and Democratic Assembly and Senate members enjoyed a delicious and educational afternoon at Stone Brewing Co. today.

Pictured left to right Assembly member Brian Maienschein, Wes Chesbro and Marie Waldron, Stone Brewing co-founder, president and brewmaster Steve Wagner, Assembly member Brian Jones, Lorena Gonzalez, Speaker-elect Toni Atkins and Senator Joel Anderson.