What are the top hops-centered stories making headlines this week? We've rounded up four tidbits of news that beer connoisseurs everywhere should take notice of.
• Samuel Adams and Dogfish Head collaborate on a new brew: Founders Jim Koch and Sam Calagione of Samuel Adams and Dogfish Head, respectively, are teaming up to produce a powerhouse limited-edition beer. They're calling the brew Savor Flowers due to the unique combination of floral ingredients, including jasmine and rosebuds.
• Craft brewers gain legal distribution rights in Illinois: The Illinois House passed a bill on Monday allowing brewers producing less than 15,000 barrels of beer per year to distribute up to 7,500 barrels.
• Tom Colicchio to open the Lot on Tap: Colicchio plans to open an outdoor bar beneath the High Line park in Manhattan, operated by Colicchio & Sons. The bar will serve a rotating offering of beers, including a new brew from Brooklyn Brewery to be sold exclusively at the Lot on Tap.
• Spanish beer ad features El Bulli: Estrella, a Spanish beer company has released a commercial showing a romanticized glimpse into the lives of stagiaires at El Bulli.
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