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Kona Goes Pro, Evil Twin-Mikkeller Feud Reignites on Twitter

June 09, 2018

By Sarah Freeman, June 09, 2018

The sun is up, the beers are cold and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø and Mikkel Borg Bjergsø are still fighting. Among other things, this week in beer news brings us a rehashing of one of the most famous rivalries in craft beer, between the identical twins and brewers behind Evil Twin and Mikkeller.

Sibling Rivalry

In case you were wondering, Evil Twin Brewing founder Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø and Mikkeller co-founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø still hate each other. The infamous identical twins and rival brewers, whose complicated relationship was detailed in a 2014 New York Times article, rehashed their feud on Twitter this week. Responding to a tweet from Brewbound editor Chris Furnari about Scottish brewery BrewDog’s rapidly decreasing “punk” cred, due to its partial ownership by a private equity firm, Jeppe took the opportunity to throw his brother’s brewery under the bus for supposedly also receiving private equity funding for its recent New York City expansion. (VinePair)

Ace for Kona

Beer and beach volleyball feel like natural companions. Cold beer in hand, toes in the sand and the regular sound of grunting as a ball soars over a net. If you find yourself at professional volleyball game in the near future, chances are good the beer in your hand will be a Kona. The Hawaiian brewery just inked a deal with the Association of Volleyball Professionals to become the leagues “official craft beer.” This comes two months after the Craft Brew Alliance, which brews and distributes Kona, struck another multi-year deal to become the “official craft beer” of Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy. (Brewbound)

Who Runs the World?

Maggie Timoney will become the first woman to run a major U.S. brewery as of September 1. Currently, Timoney serves as the CEO and managing director of Heineken Ireland and will take over as CEO of Heineken’s U.S. division. Its current CEO Ronald den Elzen, will return to Holland for a “global role” within Heineken N.V., after three years in the position. Meanwhile, Timoney has been involved in the company for 20 years, working her way up from a national sales planning role for Heineken USA to managing director of Heineken Canada. (Heineken USA)

MillerCoors Kombucha

Put down the beer. This week, MillerCoors made its first acquisition of a non-alcoholic beverage company. What’s the lucky company, you may or may not be asking? It’s Clearly Kombucha, a California-based company founded by Alison Zarrow and Caleb Cargle in 2009. The organic kombucha maker produces six flavors in addition to C-Botanicals, a line of fermented botanical drinks. It now will be integrated into Tenth and Blake, the craft and import division of MillerCoors. Does this mean more kombucha beers are in our future? Probably not. (Behind the Beer)

Not So Punk in Drublic

Punk rock band NOFX has lost their collaborative beer and beer sponsorship, after controversial statements were made by two band members during the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in Las Vegas. “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you’re in a country band,” said guitarist Eric Melvin. “At least they were country fans and not punk rock fans,” frontman Fat Mike responded. Following the statement, Stone Brewing Co., which both brewed a beer in collaboration with and was set to sponsor an upcoming music festival featuring NOFX, has distanced itself from the band. The brewery announced it has ceased production of Punk in Drublic and will donate profits from the beer to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation. It also has pulled its sponsorship from the Punk in Drublic festival. (Pitchfork)

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