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Oskar Blues rolls out Old Chub Nitro cans nationally

Fresh off a limited Old Chub Scotch Ale Nitro launch at the Craft Brewers Conference in April, Oskar Blues Brewery will begin distributing the first American craft nitro beer in a can nationally. The nitro version of Old Chub has been modified from 8% ABV to 6.9% ABV to ensure full pint pours rather than 8-ounce or 10-ounce “tulip” or “rocks” glass pours as a result of the high ABV.

The original brobdingnagian Old Chub Scotch Ale 12-ounce cans will remain at 8% ABV. When you combine the drinkability of the Nitro pour and the increased serving size of the over-pint 16.4 ounce Nitro can, 6.9% ABV allows beer drinkers a chance to enjoy more CANs.  The new Nitro cans will begin shipping next week to all 35 states that Oskar Blues distributes to, alongside the original 12-ounce Old Chub cans.

“The nitro style allows beer lovers to go deeper into the chocolaty, smoky, smooth mouth-feel and complex, rich malty flavors of the Old Chub Scotch Ale,” says Jeremy Rudolf, Oskar Blues Beer Traffic Control Freak. “Retailers and beer drinkers alike are looking for full pint pours.  Moving the ABV from 8% to 6.9% will let bars and restaurants pour full pints of Old Chub Nitro, and we’re stoked for more people to have their mind blown with theuber-silky smooth oral experience when they try one of our best-selling brews in a new way.  Why 16.4 ounces? Because that’s all the Old Chub we could cram in there.”

After years of experimenting with putting fresh draft beers on nitro, Oskar Blues Brewery decided to take the next step and insert the robustly complex Old Chub into a Nitro’ d can.  Both internal and taproom trials were part of the new formulation process, and the 6.9% version measured up in taste to the 8% version while many liked the ability to have more than one.

“This wasn’t an easy undertaking but in the end, we were able to craft the most appropriate incarnation of Old Chub for the Nitro style,” says brewer Juice Drapeau, who was a driving force in the project.

Nitro refers to the addition of Nitrogen (N2) gas to the carbonation process.  Nitrogen bubbles are smaller than CO2 bubbles and they don’t get along, so they react with and displace each other, creating the signature “cascade” when allowed to agitate, which contributes to the thick, creamy mouth feel of nitro brews. In the can, the special nitro widget releases Nitrogen gas into the beer when it’s opened, causing the beer to cascade.  On draft, a special piece of tap equipment called a restrictor plate forces the nitrogenated beer through tiny holes to help provide that necessary friction to create the Nitro cascade.

The self-dubbed “CHUB TRUST” pushed the innovation of a quality nitro experience in a can with the help of The Ball Corporation. Old Chub Nitro utilizes an existing widget technology developed by Ball. The Nitro widget is attached to the bottom of the can and is charged with nitrogen during the filling process. The widget releases the nitrogen when the can is opened-liberating the cascading creamy smooth nitro pour.

Old Chub Nitro will continue to be available in 16.4-ounce 4-pack cans priced in line with Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Old Chub 12-ounce 6-packs.

Check out videos of Old Chub Nitro via the Oskar Blues Youtube page HERE & HERE. #oldchubnitro #overpint

Deschutes Brewery partners with Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project on exclusive beers

Oregon Manifest and Deschutes Brewery have teamed up to bring the best of two worlds together: bikes and beer. Oregon Manifest, a nonprofit organization that recently launched with “The Bike Design Project”– a pioneering bike design competition which partners five high-level design firms with American bicycle craftsmen to create the Ultimate Urban Utility Bike—has partnered with Deschutes Brewery to create custom beers that pair with each respective bike design. The result? The ultimate marriage of our favorite mode of transportation and favorite beverage.

Shannon Holt, Oregon Manifest co-founder said, “Oregon Manifest and The Bike Design Project are rooted in the collaborative power of design, innovation and making. Partnering with a company that is equally passionate about craft and experimentation, like Deschutes Brewery, makes this year’s competition all the more exciting. Not only will we gain what we’re sure will be five remarkable bike designs, but we’ll have specialty craft beers to go with each of them.”

Teams for the competition originate from five cycle-centric cities including:

  • Chicago: MINIMAL x Method Bicycle
  • New York City: Pensa x Horse Cycles
  • Portland: INDUSTRY x Ti Cycles
  • San Francisco: Huge Design x 4130 Cycle Works
  • Seattle: TEAGUE x Sizemore Bicycles

Deschutes Brewery brewers worked closely with each team to create a unique beer style that they felt would best represent their respective bike designs and cities. Each small batch beer will be brewed at Deschutes Brewery’s brew pubs in Portland and Bend, Oregon, and will be served at the reveal events in each competing city on July 25. Captain Lawrence Brewery is brewing the beer for the New York City team, as Deschutes Brewery beers are not yet available in New York.

 “This was a really interesting and fun process to work with the design teams,” said Deschutes Brewery’s Portland-based assistant brewmaster, Ben Kehs. “They all had their own unique style and approach to the Oregon Manifest project. We asked questions like ‘if this bike were a beer, what style of beer would it be?’ all the way to requesting a list of specific adjectives that the teams would use to describe their design. We are excited to pour the beers and show everyone what we came up with.”

Along with their ultimate commuter bike design, each team developed a label for their own paired beer. Beers will be announced every two weeks starting June 3 on social media – @deschutesbeer and @oregonmanifest.

Game of Thrones® fans select Valar Morghulis next in Brewery Ommegang and HBO® partnership

In the world of Westeros, Valar Morghulis means “all men must die.” Fans of the hit HBO show decided that “all men must drink” as well when they voted the foreboding phrase as the name of the newest beer in the Game of Thrones collaboration between HBO and Brewery Ommegang as part of a late December Facebook poll.

The voting also determined the style of the new beer – an Abbey Dubbel – which is perfectly represented by the “two-headed” coin which will adorn the labels.

Valar Morghulis will be available at retail in fall of this year.

Valar Morghulis is a central thematic element in the critically acclaimed show’s fourth season, which recently debuted to record ratings. As Arya Stark continues her journey to track down what family she has left and to avenge those who have fallen, she adopts the High Valyrian phrase as a mantra against the people she wants dead.

As the name for the new beer, the phrase won out during the December poll over Seven Kingdoms (Tripel), Hand of the King (Quad) and Khal (Quad). Thousands of fans cast their votes during the contest, and Valar Morghulis was the clear favorite with almost half of the votes.

“The fan response to the beers has been so incredibly positive that we thought it would be a fun reward to ask them to play an active role in selecting the fourth beer,” said Bill Wetmore, Director of Marketing for Brewery Ommegang. “It’s not uncommon to hear “valar brewghulis” spoken in the halls of the brewhouse, so we were secretly hoping that Valar Morghulis would be the winner. Our brewers are also excited to brew a Dubbel, a classic Belgian beer style, and have some great ideas to make this release extra special.

Valar Morghulis follows Iron Throne Blonde Ale (spring 2013), Take the Black Stout (fall 2013), and Fire and Blood Red Ale (available now) in the hugely popular partnership between HBO and Brewery Ommegang. The limited runs of Iron Throne and Take the Black sold out in a few short weeks, and Fire and Blood Red Ale is also selling out quickly, despite being brewed at nearly double the volume of the first two beers.

“The fan base for Game of Thrones keeps growing larger as each new season debuts, and the popularity of the beers is growing right along with the show,” said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of HBO Global Licensing. “For this fourth beer, we found the perfect opportunity to give those diehard fans the power to choose what beer they wanted to drink, and we can’t wait to share this special brew with them this fall.”

Valar Morghulis is brewed with pilsner and other specialty malts and hopped with Apollo and Hallertau Spalt Select hops. The hue is deep amber-brown with a persistent, creamy, off-white head. Aromas include caramel, toffee, ripe fruit, banana and slightly burnt sugar. The taste is well-balanced with rich malty sweetness, caramel and sugar, and just a touch of bitterness to balance. The finish is surprisingly dry and light on the tongue, belying the aroma and initial taste.

“The Dubbel is one of the most recognized beer styles in Belgium and this is a very tasty version of that style,” said Mike McManus, Ommegang Innovation Manager. “Valar Morghulis is a complex beer, much like the stories surrounding the phrase.”

The label art will feature the two-headed coin, given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, one of the “Faceless Men of Braavos” – legendary assassins with the ability to change their appearance at will. Each cork will be fire-branded with “Valar Dohaeris,” which is the traditional response phrase to “Valar Morghulis” meaning “all men must serve.”

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Valar Morghulis will be available nationally this fall (exact launch date still TBC) on draft (sixth-barrels) and in corked bottles (25.4 ounces). The recommended retail price is $8.50 per bottle.

Oskar Blues to release Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale cans at Brewer’s Conference

After years of experimenting with putting fresh draft beers on nitro, Oskar Blues Brewery decided to take the next step and insert the robustly complex OLD CHUB into a nitro’d can, thus generating an uber-silky smooth oral experience for drinkers of this rich Scotch Ale.  OLD CHUB NITRO will be released in the Denver market for the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference on April 8-11.  National distribution will be determined following the Craft Brewers Conference.

Oskar Blues Brewery expanded their nitro program in 2009 under the leadership of brewer Juice Drapeau. After developing a high quality and consistent draft option, focusing on OLD CHUB, we also have nitro’d Dale’s Pale Ale, Deviant IPA & G’Knight Imperial Red IPA, along with numerous small batch specialties.   Quality control guy Michael Kohn has been instrumental in refining the entire process with Juice.  Currently, more than 200 OLD CHUB NITRO draft handles are out there in the 34 states of Oskar Blues distribution.

The self-dubbed “CHUB TRUST” pushed the innovation of a quality nitro experience in a can with the help of The Ball Corporation http://www.ball.com/ . OLD CHUB NITRO utilizes an existing widget technology developed by Ball. The Nitro widget is attached to the bottom of the can and is charged with liquid nitrogen during the filling process. The widget releases the nitrogen when the can is opened, liberating the cascading creamy smooth nitro pour.

“OLD CHUB Scotch Ale is a great beer that many folks haven’t found yet.  The nitro style is the perfect mate for the brobdingnagian OLD CHUB SCOTCH ALE and the best way to get more CHUB in more places.” Says beer traffic control freak Jeremy Rudolf.

The nitro style allows beer lovers to go deeper into the smoky smooth mouth-feel and rich malty flavors of the Old Chub Scotch Ale. Both OLD CHUB Nitro & original OLD CHUB will remain in the market and are on tap at both Tasty Weasel Taprooms in Longmont and Brevard.

OLD CHUB NITRO will be available in 16-ounce 4-pack cans priced in line with Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils & Old Chub 12-ounce 6-packs.  Find limited quantities of OLD CHUB NITRO cans during the CBC Friday, April 11th at select liquor stores & bars including:  The Hyatt, Fresh Craft , Star Bar, Lucky Pie, Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Applejack Wine & Spirit, Superior Liquor, Hazel’s Beverage World, Davidson Liquor, Lucas Liquors, Bubbles and more.

Oskar Blues releases 2014 Craft Brewers Conference Commemorative Centennial Pale Ale

The 2014 CBC Commemorative Beer is an innovative collaborative project involving 145 Colorado Brewers Guild member brewers.  For months, Colorado brewers have been developing dozens of ideas for this special brew.   The official 2014 CBC beer will be called Centennial Pale Ale in connection with Colorado being known as the Centennial State.

The Centennial Pale Ale is the first American craft beer to use the Ball Corporation’s new Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology.   The variable print technology will create a collection of cans that will spell “CBC Colorado 2014” when aligned with the full collection of cans available to CBC attendees.  In addition to the Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology the Centennial Pale Ale demonstrates the innovative nature of Colorado’s craft beer culture by being the first ever CBC collaboration beer to be packaged in a can, a 19.2 oz. single serve can that was introduced to the US market in 2013.

Centennial Pale Ale:

  • Colorado is known as the Centennial State.
  • First ever CBC Collaboration brew with 100% ingredients from the host state.  Brewed with Colorado ingredients including Colorado grown Centennial Hops.
  • The Centennial Pale Ale demonstrates the innovative nature of Colorado’s craft beer culture by being the first ever CBC collaboration beer to be packaged in a can.
  • The beer will be packaged in 19.2 ounce single serve cans, first introduced in 2013 by Ball Corporation.
  • The Centennial Pale Ale will be the first American craft beer to use the Ball Corporation’s new Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology.
  • Centennial Pale Ale was brewed and canned at Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado on Monday, February 24 @ 10:00 am.

Sponsors and Partners:

Beer Ingredients: All ingredients and supplies were donated by the following companies:

  • Colorado Malting Company – Malt
  • Colorado Hop Yard – Hops
  • Rising Sun Hop Farms – Hops
  • High Wire Hops – Hops
  • Todd Hopps – Hops
  • Oskar Blues Hops and Heifers Farm – Hops
  • New Belgium Brewing – Hops
  • The Brewing Science Institute – Yeast
  • Ball Corporation – 19.2 ounce cans and Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology
  • Oskar Blues Brewery – Host Brewery
  • Strange Brewery – Brewed test batches on pilot system

Find Centennial Pale Ale During the Craft Brewers Conference Week in Denver.

Wednesday April 9th – Star Bar – CANARCHY  http://www.starbardenver.com/

Friday April 11th – Fresh Craft – Extrava CANza   http://freshcraft.com/

Saturday April 12th – Star Bar – CBC Encore  http://www.starbardenver.com/

On Draft & Cans at:

Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom – http://brew.oskarblues.com/breweries/longmont/tasty-weasel/

Falling Rock Taphouse – http://fallingrocktaphouse.com/

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – http://luckypiepizza.com

Hyatt Regency – http://denverregency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

All 145 Colorado Brewers Guild member brewers were invited to the brew day on February 24th, 2014 at Oskar Blues Brewery.

Oskar Blues’ Gubna Imperial IPA returns with specialty dry hops

Oskar Blues announces the fourth incarnation of their Gubna Imperial IPA.

Weighing in at 100+ international bitterness units and 10 percent ABV, this complex and chameleonic concoction packs a wallop. The Granddaddy of all Oskar Blues’ hop grenades in a can, GUBNA obliterates the ordinary. If G’Knight or Deviant Dale’s seem too tame for you, it’s time to experience the most challenging and notorious elixir from OB’s diabolical roster of ferocious fermentables.

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Every year, Oskar Blues’ eccentric fellowship of deranged brewers work with hop growers to seek out the most potent, unique and mind-bending hop varietals of the season. By annually altering the hop bill, GUBNAcontinually reinvents itself while letting the best and brightest of these powerful flowers flourish.

GUBNA v 4.0 is aggressively dry-hopped with the citrusy Chinook (this year’s legendary crop was especially complex), the tropical fruit and red berry notes of Mosaic, and the zesty lemon Sorachi Ace strain. Showcased on a base recipe of Rye (now double the amount than previously used), North American Pale, and Munich malts, these three formidable hop varieties are given free rein to assault the senses in a strangely schizophrenic symphony of bewildering bitterness, complemented perfectly by the pleasant warmth to be expected from that 10 percent booziness.

The GUBNA pairs beautifully with grilled salmon, cured meats, sharp cheeses and spiced or caramel-rich desserts. Simultaneously subtle yet over-the-top, GUBNA also holds up wonderfully when used for grilling beer-can chicken. Of course, this frothy behemoth is glorious on its own as well.

Spring’s hoppy answer to the gargantuan chocolate malt bomb Ten FIDY (OB’s infamous Winter seasonal), GUBNA 2014 will be available on tap and in 12-ounce 4-packs from March until May. Always evolving, no two GUBNA years will ever be the same, so grab version 4.0 while you still CAN!

In honor of this auspicious occasion, both Oskar Blues locations (in Brevard, NC and Longmont, CO) will be hosting release parties on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at both Tasty Weasel tap rooms. If you’re lucky enough to be in either location, stop in and enjoy specialty barrel-aged and firkin variations on GUBNA 4.0, along with food, brewery tours, live music and general debauchery.

Oskar Blues gained notoriety as the first craft brewery to seriously consider putting serious beers into recyclable aluminum cans more than 10 years ago. Initially laughed at by their colleagues, the trend caught on when other breweries took notice and agreed that cans are simply a better vessel for keeping beer fresher longer, away from the adverse effects of UV light and ingress oxygen.

Since then, OB has evolved into an off-kilter “jack of all trades” in the beer world, adding four Colorado restaurants , the Hops & Heifers Farm and REEB Cycles hand-made bicycle company to the family. Seriously focused on having fun, pushing boundaries and making stuff we like, Oskar Blues is like no other craft brewery in the world.

Do yourself a favor and get some GUBNA before it’s gone. If you need help, visit our on- line beer locator.

‘Tis the Season for New Belgium’s Frambozen

Frambozen Bottle and GlassWhether the holidays bring sunshine, rain or crisp white snow, New Belgium Brewing’s Frambozen has a place on the table. Celebrating its twentieth birthday, Frambozen is one of the few beers released annually by New Belgium, and is named after the Flemish word for raspberries.

In line with the season of tradition, New Belgium annually sends delegates to the Pacific Northwest to select freshly picked raspberries and oversee the process of turning them into a pure juice that the brewers use in fermentation.

Frambozen pops with fresh tart raspberries and is backed by nutty, chocolate and caramel malts. It has 6.5 percent ABV.

“After all these years, Frambozen continues to be a holiday tradition because its flavors pair so well with decadent and delicious meals that bring people together,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull. “It’s only available through the Thanksgiving through New Year season, but it’s always a hit and why we’re excited to celebrate two decades of brewing this one.”

Frambozen is available in most New Belgium markets through January and pricing varies by location. For food pairing ideas, to learn more about the beer, and to find it near you, visit http://bit.ly/aidK2G. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/newbelgium and Twitter (@NewBelgium) to get the latest on New Belgium brewery and beer news.

Oskar Blues Brewery teams up with Auburn University to found Brewing Science program

Oskar Blues Brewery and Auburn University have forged a historic partnership to create a new graduate-level certificate in Brewing Science and Operations. Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues, is a legacy alumnus of Auburn. Dale, his dad, and his older brother all matriculated at the Alabama university.

“It feels really special to be creating this brewing science program in the place where I brewed my first batch of home brew,” Dale said. “It’s like coming home.” Dale’s first ever beer, which would eventually become the award-winning, best-selling Dale’s Pale Ale, was brewed in a bathtub during his time at Auburn.

Martin O’Neill, head of the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management in the College of Human Sciences, expects the university and state to benefit greatly from addressing the popularity of craft brewing across the Southeast and the country.

“The interest in craft brewing is exploding right now, much like the wine industry,” he said. “Tourism is even being linked to beer breweries because of a growing demand for better beer by a better traveled public.”

According to the Brewer’s Association, craft brewers provide more than 100,000 jobs in the U.S. and the industry is growing by double digits each year.

Up until now, students and professionals interested in learning about the science of brewing and best operations had to travel to California, Chicago or overseas.

“Our program is designed to provide people, who already have a bachelor’s degree and an interest in brewing, with the necessary educational background to develop their skill base and upon graduation, to sit for the professional certification exams with the industry’s lead certification agency, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling,” Martin said.

The new program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management and the colleges of veterinary medicine, business, and agriculture at Auburn. Courses cover topics such as soils, malting, mashing, fermentation, brewing, business and beverages.

While courses are offered entirely online, Martin said teaming up with one of the nation’s leading craft breweries will bridge the gap between traditional online learning and the real world of brewing. Noah Tuttle, head brewer at Oskar Blues North Carolina brewery, is helping develop the brew science teaching team curriculum. “We want to offer the practical, hands-on side of brewing. They need real experienced brewers to make the program successful,” he said. “Part of the plan will be to offer students a three-day intensive training at the brewery.”

The doors of Oskar Blues will be open always in order to expose students to best brewing practices, as well as to the brewery’s unique and innovative business approach.

Since January 2013, Oskar Blues Brewery has partnered with Blue Ridge Community College on a series of brewing courses that include extensive hands-on in-brewery learning, and cover all aspects of the business. Five current employees of the brewery were hired after completing one of the Blue Ridge Brew School classes.

The idea behind the brewing certificate at Auburn isn’t to promote craft brewing among undergraduates – in fact they can’t even enroll in the courses – but Martin said it’s rather to teachcommercial beer brewers and others interested in joining the growing business sector how to develop higher quality products and how to market and distribute them successfully.

The course will be ready to roll out by the fall of 2014.

“When I look five years down the road, I see this as the premiere brewing school in the nation,” Noah said.

Dale and Noah are visiting Auburn this week for the first home game of the season. Here’s what they’ll be up to:

 

FRIDAY PRE-GAME ON 8/30

Join the Oskar Blues crew on Friday at The Hound from 7 to 9 p.m. for 19.2 stovepipe cans of Dale’s Pale Ale and Mama’s Little Yella Pils on the patio and several OB drafts at the main bar.

 

SATURDAY MAIN EVENT ON 8/31

Dale and the Oskar Blues crew will be tailgating under Oskar Blues tents next to Spidle Hall on Mell St. They’ll be cooking up beer can chicken and handing out Oskar Blues swag.

New Belgium’s Latest Lips and Hop Kitchen Beers

French Aramis, Yuzu Berliner Weisse and Coconut Curry Hefeweizen Salute the Onset of Fall

New Belgium Brewing offers up three new bold and beautiful beers available now through Fall with its Lips of Faith and Hop Kitchen portfolios. From the boundary-defying Lips of Faith series come two new selections: Yuzu Berliner Weisse and Coconut Curry HefeweizenFrench Aramis is the latest release in the Hop Kitchen line-up.

Yuzu is an imperial Berliner Weisse ale with yuzu juice. Yuzu, a citrusy and bold fruit, is paired with sour Berliner Weiss to create this unique beer. It’s brewed with pale malt and wheat and acidified with Lacto Bacillus, delivering a light, dry mouthfeel and tart, tropical refreshment. Yuzu is 8% ABV.

Coconut Curry Hefeweizen has been popular among home brewers for years, including the legendary Charlie Papazian and the 2010 National Homebrewer Remi Bonnart, who helped bring this latest selection to life. The aroma is big and bold, offering coconut and curry tones alongside a hint of banana from the hefe yeast. The vast spice list carries a bit of heat, including cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime and cayenne pepper, but the alcohol soothes the finish. ABV is 8%.

The latest in New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen series, French Aramis is a drier IPA, brewed with Aramis hops to create an aroma of fresh cut flowers and garden herbs. ABV is 6.7% and 74 IBUs. This is the second of four Hop Kitchen brews, distributed in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in select markets.

“The newest Lips of Faith selections are chock-full of confident and exciting flavors that epitomize the series’ ability to push boundaries,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster, Grady Hull. “Our Hop Kitchen beers embrace the hoppier side of things and the dry-hopping in the French Aramis gives it a nice tea leaf type quality.”

To find New Belgium beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer.aspx. Pricing varies by location. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/newbelgium and Twitter @NewBelgium.

Ohio governor signs bill that benefits craft brewers

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a controversial brewery bill Tuesday afternoon that benefits craft brewers and was blasted by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The legislation creates a new liquor permit for breweries that make less than 31 million gallons a year. The new permit, called an A-1c, will replace the A-1 permit for small brewers and reduce their annual licensing fee from $3,906 to $1,000.

Craft brewers have praised the legislation, saying it will allow them to invest more money into their breweries.

Only two breweries in Ohio definitely make more than 31 million gallons annually: Anheuser-Busch in Columbus and MillerCoors in Trenton. Boston Beer Co. has declined to say how much it produces at its Samuel Adams Brewery in Cincinnati.

The legislation, called Senate Bill 48, passed unanimously in both the House and Senate, but Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, protested a provision inserted at the last minute that bars large brewers from owning or having a financial stake in wholesale distributors. Anheuser-Busch, which owns a distributorship in Canton and will be allowed to continue to run that business, complained heavily and met with the governor and lawmakers to outline its stance.

“We are very disappointed that this legislation will now become law, and remain concerned about the manner in which this anti free market legislation was introduced and passed,” Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday in a statement. “We have, however, had productive and constructive discussions with policymakers, and our concerns about the lack of transparency in the legislative process were heard and acknowledged. Positive assurances were made to address the issues that significantly impact our investments in the state. We are pleased with the open-mindedness demonstrated by the governor and legislators to working towards a more equitable solution.

“Anheuser-Busch is proud of its long-standing roots in Ohio, employing almost 800 people statewide in our Columbus brewery and the Canton wholesale operation. We are hopeful that the final resolution will maintain consumer choice and the free market principles that have made Ohio a great place to do business.”

The legislation also allows liquor permits to be transferred easier as part of economic development projects and permits brewers to open a tasting room within a half-mile of their production facilities.