After aggressively adding more than 350 craft beer clients in 18 months, Crown Beverage Packaging — a leading supplier of aluminum cans for beverage manufacturers — is now struggling to keep up with demand from the very customers it sought, and is considering altering the ways it services craft customers. Over the last week, Crown began informing a number of craft breweries that it would no longer be able to fill orders of printed aluminum cans, Brewbound has learned.
Always do your homework. That’s the advice Castle Island Brewing founder Adam Romanow had for other entrepreneurs during this week’s Brew Talks meetup, held inside of his aforementioned and soon-to-launch Boston-area brewery.
It’s official. New Belgium Brewing will finally open the doors to its Asheville, N.C. brewing facility next February. Brewing in Asheville will commence “later this fall,” and tours of the facility will begin in March, the company said on its website. The opening of a second production brewery also coincides with the company’s 25th anniversary, a celebration for which is scheduled on August 27.
After officially announcing its intent to takeover London-based SABMiller earlier this month, Anheuser-Busch InBev has been working to secure financing for the proposed merger of the world’s two largest beer companies. An offer could come as early as this week, reports The Sunday Times.
Dogfish Head, the country’s 13th largest craft brewery, today announced it has sold a 15 percent stake to LNK Partners, a New York-based private equity firm that has previously invested in companies like Niman Ranch, Performance Bicycle, Beachbody and Au Bon Pain, among others. LNK will obtain one seat on Dogfish Head’s board of directors, which currently has five voting members, as well as informal advisors.
Longtime Green Flash Brewing brewmaster Chuck Silva has resigned from the company after nearly 11 years, the brewery announced today.
Day 2 of our Great American Beer Festival Coverage is already underway and, after a late night at the fest, Brewbound was up early on Friday morning to stop by Boston Beer Company’s annual beer & brunch event. Check back frequently for more small-batch news updates from the GABF media luncheon and session two of the fest, happening from 5:30 P.M. — 10:00 P.M. (MST).
In synchronized efforts to promote brand variety and independence, Alaskan Brewing is shaking up a portion of its wholesale network on the West Coast.
The New York Times last month published a short documentary about D.G. Yuengling & Son, shining a spotlight on fifth generation owner Dick Yuengling and his four daughters who are in line to take over the company when Dick, in his own words, drops dead.
Jordan Brownwood sees a bright future in San Diego’s young but nascent hop growing industry. With more than 100 breweries already operational in town, Brownwood, who earlier this year co-founded Nopalito Farm & Hopyard near Escondido, Calif., believes that he and other small suppliers have a clear market, with some local breweries relying more and more on local suppliers.
Massachusetts craft brewers are once again asking state officials to reform a 44-year-old state franchise law that governs the relationships between suppliers and distributors. On Tuesday, hundreds of industry stakeholders turned out for a hearing at the State House to hear comments from both wholesalers and brewers over a bill that would dramatically loosen franchise law restrictions, allowing smaller brewers more freedom to switch distributors.
Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) is in the process of purchasing a minority stake in Nantucket, Mass.-based Cisco Brewers, CEO Andy Thomas told Brewbound on Monday. The two parties are still negotiating specific terms, but Thomas said a deal would be for less than 25 percent of the company, enabling Cisco to maintain its status as a Brewers Association-defined craft brewer.
Way back in 2011, Brewbound met a pair of entrepreneurs who, at the time, were planning to open a small craft brewery in South Boston under the name Critical Mass Brewing. More than four years later, the startup, now known as Castle Island Brewing, is finally on the verge of an official launch. The extended timeline of getting the project off the ground has left founder Adam Romanow with plenty of dos and don’ts. At tonight’s Brew Talks meetup, happening inside of his soon to open brewery in Norwood, Romanow will share a myriad of entrepreneurial lessons.
The 2015 Great American Beer Festival is here and Brewbound will be walking the show floor, providing live updates from some of America’s most notable beer companies. Check back often for small-batch news updates on new product rollouts, upcoming distribution expansions and any other newsworthy bits brewery owners share with us.