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Manhattan Beer Distributors Gulps Down Rival

Bronx-based Manhattan Beer Distributors announced Tuesday that it reached an agreement to acquire a competitor—Windmill Distributing Co.—which is the parent of Brooklyn-based Phoenix/Beehive Beverage Distributors. (Crain's NY Business)


Founders Announces Minority Partner

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Founders Brewing Co. has announced a partnership with Mahou San Miguel, which is coming on as a minority investor with 30% ownership in the brewery. The partnership will help Founders grow through Mahou’s international distribution network to access the emerging craft beer community around the world.


MillerCoors, Pepsi, Donate $1M to Forests

MillerCoors, PepsiCo and the Wells Fargo Foundation announced Tuesday that the three organizations will donate $1 million to The Nature Conservancy to help restore forests along Colorado's Front Range. (Denver Business Journal)


Sweetwater Brewing To Tap into Chicago

SweetWater Brewing Company plans to launch its craft brews in the Windy City in 2015, in what will be its northern-most distribution point to date. Following the brewery’s recent $19 million expansion, SweetWater plans to bring its lineup into Chicagoland’s craft beer mix in April.


FIJI Official Water of Critics’ Choice Awards

For the first time, FIJI Water will serve as the official water for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. FIJI Water, the number one premium bottled water, will join the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) to celebrate its coveted awards show’s 20th anniversary and be showcased throughout the event, from the Pre-Award Show Cocktail Party to the Official After Party following the live televised ceremony.


Obama Honored for Brewing First White House Beer

Microbrewers of America are saying “Ale to the Chief.” President Obama is getting a lifetime membership to the American Homebrewers Association, to recognize him as the first President to turn the White House into a microbrewery by crafting the White House honey ale and honey porter. (NY Daily News)