Before I get to today's beer news, I have to introduce someone to you. You see, I have an assistant here at Pints and Pups headquarters and he's an integral part of the team, so I wanted to introduce him to you all.
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On to the business at hand.
The news tonight starts in Munster, Ind., where 3 Floyds Brewing Co. has teamed up with Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewing to try and get state lawmakers to lift a production cap and allow them to sell more beer in their home state. Currently, according to the Jefferson (Ind.) News and Tribune, small breweries can produce an unlimited amount of beer for sale, but if they produce more than 30,000 barrels annually, "they must forfeit their popular tasting rooms, on-site restaurants and ability to self-distribute."
3 Floyds and Sun King are the only breweries in Indiana that come close to that 30,000 barrel mark.
In addition to supporting lobbying efforts, 3 Floyds and Sun King have also created a beer - a doppelkolsch they're calling Slacktivist - to support the cause. You can find more information at http://supportindianabrewers.com/.
Closer to home, Chicago-based Berghoff Beer is thinking spring with the release of their spring seasonal, Rockin'Bock Rye + Wheat. I have to say, though I'm not the world's biggest Berghoff fan, this one sounds pretty tasty. It's described as a combination of a hefeweizen and a maibock with "just a little richness balanced by a sweetly spicy middle quickly changing to a crisp, dry spicy/fruity finish and a long, spicy aftertaste." Sounds like a good spring beer.
If you enjoy my dog- and beer-related ramblings, you'll probably enjoy my other blog, Where the Beer and Whiskey Flow.
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