This Week in Beer News: Beer Milk Shakes, Cigar City Collaborates With New Belgium, and Weed Is Better Than Beer

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New Belgium Brewing, America's third-largest production brewery, is finally here in Florida, and it's even collaborating with Cigar City.
With the double-digit growth of craft beer, there is bound to be no shortage of beer news, at least not in the near future.

Last week, we saw a Spanish man die from chugging too much beer and Seattle brewers make a pact to drink 100-year-old brew. Although the whack factor has toned down a little bit this week, we still see lots going on in the industry with the expansion of markets and a few high-profile collaborations from Cigar City.

See also: This Week in Beer News: Founder's Finds Florida, 100-Year-Old Beer, and the Spanish Death-Chug

David Minsky
Southern Prohibition Brewery's canning line.
Craft Beer Keeps Growing
Let's start off with some solid news. The Brewer's Association reported on Monday that craft beer sales were up 15 percent, while volume increased to 13 percent for the first half of 2013. Last year, sales and volume increased 14 and 12 percent, respectively. The growth in the market can be felt everywhere, particularly in Florida, where New Belgium and Founder's have found new markets. In addition to that, new breweries are continually popping up in every part of the state.

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Beer milk shakes: extreme indulgence.
Key West's M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room Has Beer Milk Shakes
Last October, Red Robin experimented with a seasonal Oktoberfest milk shake mixed with Sam Adams beer, and it turned out to be really decadent. Now, M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom has two of them on its menu: a vanilla bean ice cream with Wells Banana Bread beer or Nutella ice cream with Guinness, both topped with whipped cream. Beer as dessert? Yes, please.

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