Just the news that interests us. Big plays, smart moves, and otherwise curious indicators of beer’s possible future. Owing at least $20 million to 370 businesses and banks, and an unknown amount to another 382 individuals and companies, the collapse of two prominent Canadian brewing equipment manufacturers has caused a tailspin for breweries across North America. The financial failure of DME Brewing Solutions (DME) and Newlands Systems (NSI) has put millions of dollars of equipment into a homeless state, potentially waiting to be sold to a new company owner or put up for auction. In the meantime, deposits by Canadian and American brewers are essentially lost as creditors claw for whatever may remain or could be added to DME and NSI’s accounts. The Royal Bank of Canada, which initiated the process to put the companies into receivership and recoup loans, revealed in an affidavit that it’s owed about $13.5 million plus accruing interest and costs. At least 13 others are owed $100,000 or more, going as high as $364,000. “It’s kind of like ‘thoughts and prayers,’ and there’s not much I can do with it right now,” says Jason Fisher, owner of Indie Alehouse, a Toronto...