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Craft beer festivals provide small brewers with a unique marketing opportunity. With most of those festivals canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, brewers now wonder how they’ll get their name out.

Zaftig Brewing Company sees a noticeable sales bump in the weeks following a beer festival, owner Jim Gokenbach said. People who discovered Zaftig at the gatherings come to the brewery’s Worthington taproom to see what else it has to offer.

Zaftig won’t see those bumps this year, as nearly every central Ohio outdoor festival, including those intended to showcase the region’s craft beer, have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Brewers said they mostly break even at festivals but gain an invaluable marketing opportunity, especially for small operators who don’t distribute their beer widely.

Around 85% of Lineage Brewing’s business comes from its taproom, said Michael Bryne, who co-owns the Clintonville brewery.

“Without the

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DETROIT — The Tigers keep taking hits to their lineup with injuries. But they keep on hitting. And after Tuesday’s 8-3 win over the Brewers at Comerica Park, they might be crashing the American League postseason picture.
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“There’s no cashing in in September right now. We’re all

DETROIT — The Tigers keep taking hits to their lineup with injuries. But they keep on hitting. And after Tuesday’s 8-3 win over the Brewers at Comerica Park, they might be crashing the American League postseason picture.

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“There’s no cashing in in September right now. We’re all here, hungry,” said Spencer Turnbull, whose six scoreless innings helped Detroit erase the sting of a 2-5 road trip. “We can smell the blood in the water. We want to play in October. We’ve been dreaming about that for a while. Especially here in Detroit — it’s been a

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Orchid Island Brewery co-owner Alden Bing and head brewer Brandon Lojewski are committed to using locally grown citrus for their IPA and sour beers.

If you get an opportunity this fall, ask candidates running for office how serious they are about helping local small businesses flourish, especially in light of COVID-19.

Then ask them what they’ll do about archaic beer laws in Florida that have crippled small manufacturers — including one of my favorites.

Alden Bing didn’t create Orchid Island Brewery to run a restaurant on Vero Beach’s Ocean Drive. He started his business to brew beer showcasing Indian River County’s citrus legacy, then sell it to patrons looking for a high-quality product.

Beers such as Star Ruby and Black Orchid were a hit with patrons who hung out in his tap room. They came from near and far to savor beer made with water that comes from condensing

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