Six-Pack of News, Volume 23: Taking "Sights and Sounds of the Game" Too Far?

I can appreciate a beer specially made for a specific team or ballpark/stadium, but Terrapin might be taking it just a hair too far. They've set-up a small pilot brewery at the Atlanta Braves unnecessary new stadium, SunTrust Park, which will celebrate its inaugural Opening Day this coming weekend. Beer Street Journal reports that among the featured offerings at the new Terrapin Taproom and ATL Brew Lab will be Chopsecutioner, a unique variant of their flagship Hopsecutioner IPA with two notable differences: a lower ABV (Chopsecutioner checks in at 5% vs. 7.3%), and the AGING ON MIZUNO WOOD BAT CHIPS. This baseball-themed and woodbat-infused IPA will only be available at SunTrust Park.

The folks at Vinepair sure like their lists, and today is no exception, as they recently released their 14 Best Brewery Tours in the United States. It's generally larger/better-known craft entities, but just about everyone on this list has different tour types to satisfy everyone from the casual beer drinking to the most devout craft beer connoisseur.

As has been documented on this blog, financials from the craft beer industry have been a bit of a mixed bag in 2016, and Brewbound as a series of articles continuing to affirm the volatile state of the industry. First up is a round-up of layoffs, closings, and more at a handful of craft breweries. At the same time, Constellation Brands reported a 17 percent increase in revenues from its beer portfolio, which includes Mexican imports Corona and Modelo, along with San Diego's Ballast Point. Additionally, the Brewers Association trade group reported a 4.4% overall increase in American craft beer exports, totaling over 400,000 barrels of beer with a value of $121 million. This increase is driven by double-digit increases in exports to Japan and the Asia/Pacific region in general.

Finally, the website The Drinks Business has documented the analysis of three 100-year old bottles of beer found in a brewery in Z├íhlinice in the Czech Republic. Sensory and chemical tests were performed on all three bottles, to wide-ranging results.