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BOP Members SHINE at GABF 2017!

On October 7, 2017, the Brewers Association Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States. The GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and the premier symbol of brewing excellence. The Brewers of Pennsylvania is proud to share that 11 BOP […]

Senator Richard Alloway Becomes Brewer For A Day

Pa. District 33 Legislator Visits GearHouse Brewing Company The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official beer guild, was pleased and honored to host Senator Richard Alloway at the latest Brewer For A Day event held at GearHouse Brewing Company in Chambersburg, Pa. on October 12.  This was the BOP’s ninth successful Brewer For A […]

5 Cool Weather Beer Styles You Need to Drink

When the leaves fall in Pennsylvania and the temperature drops below the comfortable 60-degree mark, it’s time to start reaching for beers that deliver warmth from the inside. A chill in the air calls for a crisp, chocolate-like treat that warms the belly and eases the mind. These are our top picks: Stout A perfect […]

Dan Popernack of La Cabra Brewing Company on Creating a Brewpub with Hunger and Creativity

Nested in an eclectic space dressed in wood and stone accents in bustling Berwyn, La Cabra Brewing Company is one of the newer breweries in Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing lineup. Its popularity can be attributed to a staff that pride themselves on a glowing devotion to beer, food and service. La Cabra’s draft list is impressive—it boasts a variety of […]

BOP Statement on PA Preferred Brews Designation

“On behalf of the 300 breweries in the Commonwealth, I want to thank Governor Wolf for his announcement today of the PA Preferred Brews designation. As the state’s official beer guild, the Brewers of Pennsylvania has been working closely with the Administration on all matters relating to brewing and today’s announcement is a welcomed step […]

4 Fall Beer Styles You Need to Drink

Autumn in Pennsylvania is a beautiful time of year. With the leaves changing and the chilliness setting in, it’s the perfect time to really bask in the joy of a drink, especially outdoors. The feeling of an October night wrapped in a hoodie or a cozy blanket with a good beer and the glow of […]

Rob Metzger of Chatty Monks on Future Expansion and Visiting a Costa Rica Brewery

Chatty Monks Brewing Company has become a staple in the Southeastern Pennsylvania beer community from its home in Reading. After scouting around for the right spot, the taproom opened in 2014 as a central meeting place for sampling Chatty Monks’ brews. Word spread about Chatty Monks long before the taproom opened thanks to the brewers’ generosity—sharing with friends […]

Brewers of Pennsylvania to Host 2017 Mid-Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium in State College

Pa. Representative Paul Costa, Liquor Control Democratic Chair, to Keynote HARRISBURG, PA (8.16.17) – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official brewers guild, will host the third annual Mid-Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium, which will feature a keynote address from House Liquor Control Committee Democratic Chairman, Paul Costa. This important two-day event begins on Thursday, September […]

Rep. Dave Reed Becomes Brewer For a Day

The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official beer guild, was pleased and honored to host Representative Dave Reed at the latest Brewer For A Day event held at Levity Brewing Company in Indiana, Pa. on July, 13. This was the BOP’s seventh successful Brewer For A Day event, an initiative designed to give state […]

Rep. Tom Mehaffie Becomes Brewer For a Day

The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official beer guild, was pleased and honored to host Representative Tom Mehaffie at the latest Brewer For A Day event held at Troegs Independent Brewing in Hershey, Pa. on July, 17. This was the BOP’s eighth successful Brewer For A Day event, an initiative designed to give state […]

Craft Beer and Food Pairings: How Recipe Development Helps to Build Your Brand

Building your craft beer brand is a continuous job, and there are countless tools to strengthen your message about your company. Maintaining a strong website, blog and social media presence will go a long way in building a brand, especially when the content is focused on your beer, company culture and food. By being in touch with your region’s cuisine […]

TTB Guidelines for Advertising Alcoholic Beverages on Social Media

Social media has become one of the most powerful marketing tools for businesses, including alcoholic beverage industry members (e.g., brewers, distillers, wholesalers).  In light of the prominence of social media advertising, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has expanded the scope of its advertising reviews to ensure that the use of social […]

Production of Cider and Malt Beverage Compliance Updates

During the last BOP legal call and follow up questions, BOP General Counsel Ted Zeller received from multiple members, questions were raised regarding whether a brewery is permitted, under the Liquor Code and TTB regulations, to produce alcoholic cider, whether a COLA is required, and whether it must be registered with the Pa.L.C.B. After some […]

Picking Up Wine or Spirits in Company Vehicle

During the last BOP legal call with General Counsel Ted Zeller, a question was raised regarding whether a brewery is permitted, under the Liquor Code, to transport wine and spirits it has purchased for resale in its brewpub or taproom from the respective winery or distillery back to its brewery premises. Initially, in Pennsylvania, some […]

Beyond Images: 4 Reasons Video Is Good for Your Brewery

Have you read our 6 Social Media Tips for Craft Brewers? In addition to maintaining a consistent presence on social media with high-quality images, creating movement and video can drastically increase engagement with consumers. People love to see the personalities and processes behind the products, and creating short videos is a great way to do that. […]

The Benefits of Blogging About Your Craft Beer

Did you check out the Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Brewery’s Website? A key way is maintaining a blog with fresh content to encourage customer connection. As an extension of your business, a blog should inform readers about happenings around the brewery and what makes your product unique. Use it to show off brewers […]

Summer 2017 Beer Suggestions

With summer 2017 here, the Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official brewers guild, has released its list of Summer Beer Suggestions. The beers come from BOP members located throughout the state, and offer consumers an opportunity to kick back, and cool off as temperatures rise. “There’s nothing better than relaxing on a hot summer […]

6 Social Media Tips for Craft Brewers

Standing out from the clutter on the craft beer digital social sphere can be difficult, with the immense amount of competing brands and businesses clamoring for your customers’ attention. By remaining authentic to your brand and business plan, using the wide array of social media tools available and having fun, you can achieve great (and […]

Brewery Storage Fermentation Rules

In a recent legal advisory opinion, the Pa.L.C.B. further clarified what a brewery can and cannot do at its storage locations.  Previously, in another blog post, we detailed the ability of a brewery to sell its products for on and off-premises consumption, as well as other products such as PA produced beer, cider, wine, and […]

Mark Thomas on Expansion and Constant Improvement at Vault Brewing Company

Vault Brewing Company is housed in a sleek space in the small town of Yardley. Its modest space is home to carefully crafted beverages—from a New Zealand IPA to coffee stouts and even cold brew coffee—plus an offbeat menu of specialty pizzas and sandwiches, such as brown sugar buffalo pizza and waffle grilled cheese. Nearby, Vault is increasing its keg […]

Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Brewery’s Website

A website is a powerful digital tool and should be the go-to source for your guests to learn more about your business’s products and upcoming events. What you choose to share and how you choose to share it will shape the public’s ideas about your brewery, your beer, your food program and more—it will shape their image […]

Rep. Carroll, Sen. Yudichak, and Rep. Kaufer Become Brewers For A Day

Luzerne County (Pa.) Delegation Visits Susquehanna Brewing Company HARRISBURG, PA (May 2, 2017) – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official beer guild, was pleased and honored to host Sen. John Yudichak, Rep. Mike Carroll, and Rep. Aaron Kaufer at the latest Brewer For A Day event held at Susquehanna Brewing Company (SBC) in […]

7 Warm Weather Beer Styles You Need to Drink

Warm weather calls for a beer with impactful flavor and a light, refreshing finish. While there’s a plethora of brew styles out there, some are a little more enjoyable when the sun is beating down relentlessly. Most of these styles originated in Europe, with their drinkers having the foresight to brew a beverage to enjoy […]

Brewers of Pennsylvania Announce Inaugural Legislative Awards

HARRISBURG, PA (3.22.17) – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official brewers guild, has announced the recipients of the inaugural Legislative Awards, an honor that recognizes a person or organization the BOP considers a partner in the industry, one who continually strives to promote and protect Pennsylvania’s craft beer industry. The three Pennsylvania legislators […]

Dick Yuengling, Jim Koch, Eric Wallace, David Walker Headline Meeting of the Malts VI

HARRISBURG, PA (3.13.17) – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official brewers guild, is hosting MEETING OF THE MALTS VI, the association’s popular annual event that gathers the most acclaimed breweries to discuss the state of the craft beer industry. Meeting of the Malts VI, presented by Micro Matic USA, will take place Thursday, […]

7 Pennsylvania Breweries Brewing for a Cause

Successful breweries often take root with strong ties to their local neighborhoods. Naturally, these companies look back to the community to share their triumphs and, when a charitable opportunity knocks, to lend a helping hand. It takes many people to run a successful brewery, from brewers to packaging and distributing professionals, so there’s no shortage […]

Brewers of Pennsylvania Names New President & VP

HARRISBURG, PA (2.23.17) – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official beer guild, has named Chris Lampe as the association’s new President and Artie Tafoya as the new Vice President. Both respected industry professionals began serving their two-year Board terms in January, 2017. Co-Owner and Production Manager at Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Lampe was elected […]

Sam Masotto of Bonn Place Brewing Co. on Creating a Warm & Welcoming Space

Bonn Place Brewing Company is a tiny brewery in the South Side of Bethlehem run by two cheerful bartending veterans and actors, Sam and Gina Masotto. Their love for beer and tending bar shines through in their quality product and candid manner. They share a goal of creating a comforting vibe for their guests, but what is […]