1/20/22 - #LawsonsFinest #MadRiver #VTbeer #cognac #MassBrewersGuild #MeToo #Speakfully #anonymous #reporting

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Lawson’s Finest Liquids, located in the Mad River Valley area of Vermont, has expanded distribution of Hopzilla Double IPA *outside of Vermont* for the first time ever! You can now find the brew in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and (of course) still in Vermont. The beer has Simcoe, El Dorado, and Cascade hops. It comes in at 8.7% ABV and should reach everywhere inside the above states through the end of February. It’s the first specialty brew of 2022 for Lawson’s out of Waitsfield, VT - and one that they’re asked about all the time in the taproom. Find out where you can get it here https://www.lawsonsfinest.com/where-to-buy/ and read the story here https://vermontbiz.com/news/2022/january/22/lawson%E2%80%99s-finest-liquids-unleashes-hopzilla

If you had Cognac coming in for a W in 2021 - you weren’t alone, because people everywhere (literally worldwide) were buying up the stuff. Sales of Cognac went up by 31% in 2021. In the US alone, sales jumped by 11%, China had the biggest jump with sales in that country jumping by more than 56%! Part of the increase is being attributed to a five-year suspension on tariffs that the US and European Union agree to last year. Cognac and its fans are celebrating a real recovery in the industry as a result! https://cheersonline.com/2022/01/19/cognac-sales-climbed-31-in-2021/

In a move that’s obviously a response to the craft Beer’s #MeToo moment, The Mass Brewers Guild has partnered with Speakfully, an anonymous third-party reporting system. The platform provides employees a safe and anonymous way to report toxic work culture, harassment, or give general feedback about their overall workplace. It also gives employers real-time data and analytics to promote proactive action. Employees and Employers can communicate privately through Speakfully’s secure messaging portal - protecting people’s identities. The program is an opt-in for members of the guild and is one of many offerings including additional employee law and HR education, as well as bystander and de-escalation training for staff. Speakfully was founded as a direct result of inappropriate workplace interactions experienced by CEO and co-founder, Jana Morrin. What started as a simple documentation process led to the larger idea that employees need a private and secure platform to voice concerns without fear of retribution. For the full story head to https://www.brewbound.com/news/mass-brewers-guild-partners-with-speakfully

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