Western North Carolina Getting Another Big Craft Beer Brewery

Written and Reported by Chris Abbotts and Rachel Kent for News Channel 7 and www2.wspa.com

ASHEVILLE, N.C. –Western North Carolina is getting another major beer brewery.

Officials announced Thursday New Belgium Brewing Company’s plans to build its East Coast brewery and distribution center in Buncombe County.

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue joined New Belgium officials for the news.

“New Belgium looked all around and chose North Carolina as the location for the company’s one brewery east of the Mississippi,” Gov. Perdue said. “A big factor in sealing this deal was that company leaders knew they can find a skilled workforce, thanks to our history of investing in education and job training.

With the new facility comes 154 new jobs and a $175 million investment.

Fort Collins, CO based New Belgium is the third largest craft brewer in the country and maker of the popular “Fat Tire Amber Ale” which is distributed nationwide.
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Molson Coors Attacks Craft Armada With $3.5 Billion Deal: Retail

Written by Clementine Fletcher for Bloomberg


Faced with an armada of smaller competitors, the world’s biggest brewers are getting bigger.

Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TAP) (TAP) yesterday joined international rivals such as SABMiller Plc and Heineken NV (HEIA) in expanding beyond their main territories as craft beers and imported brands seek to invade their traditional strongholds. The 2.65 billion-euro ($3.5 billion) purchase of StarBev LP will take Denver-based Molson into the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

“I can understand why they’d want to expand outside the U.S. and why they’d want to get into growth markets,” said Trevor Stirling, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein in London. The maker of Carling lager has “low penetration of craft and imports, which are the fastest-growing parts of the market.”
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Enegren Brewing

Written by Tom Becham for professorgoodales.net

About a year ago, Ventura County, California had yet another craft brewery open within its borders.  Enegren Brewing is located in the city of Moorpark.  It took me this long to get to Enegren simply because Moorpark is somewhat remote if you happen to live in western Ventura County.  Moorpark is a bedroom community for Simi Valley, and has traditionally been home to many Los Angeles commuters as well.  While not so sleepy as it has been in the past, due to proximity to the Reagan Presidential Library and numerous Hollywood types who now call Moorpark home, Moorpark still has a small town feel to it.  Indeed, my earliest childhood memory of Moorpark is the Egg City facility that used to be on its outskirts, which could be smelled from miles away.  That facility has been gone for years now, but Moorpark still frequently gets painted with that same brush.  Many people don’t get to Moorpark unless they specifically SET OUT for the town.
In short, Moorpark seems like a poor choice of location for starting up a new craft brewery.

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