Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery will expand distribution into Arkansas, its 24th state, today announcing agreements with a pair of wholesalers that jointly make up the “Arkansas Craft Alliance.” Bell’s signed with Arkansas Craft Distributors LLC and O’Connor Distributing — which includes Three Lakes Distributing, Three Rivers Distributing and White River Beverage — for statewide distribution of the brewery’s entire portfolio beginning in April
Sam Calagione, an author who sometimes moonlights as the founder of a well-known craft brewery, has written another book about his experiences as a business owner since launching Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 20 years ago. Set to hit shelves February 22, Off-centered Leadership: The Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration & Smart Growth, describes challenges Calagione faced while building Dogfish Head into the nation’s 13th largest craft beer company.
Even with more than 4,100 U.S. craft breweries to choose from, there’s still a group of drinkers who just want to drink a homebrew. Unfortunately (or fortunately), wider access to those products is virtually nonexistent, which means most of us will probably never try Victoria’s Vanilla Chai Imperial Stout. Enter Noble Brewer, an online retailer that aims to digitally connect amateur brewers to thirsty consumers.
Want to know why the “long tail” of craft is growing faster than 350 percent, according to research firm IRI Worldwide? Look no further than Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist brewery, which tripled production to more than 31,000 barrels in just its second full year of business. Rhinegeist, which only sells its beer in Ohio and Kentucky, is one of a growing number of well-capitalized and entrepreneurial-minded craft startups outpacing category growth by brewing dozens of different styles and overinvesting in sales personnel.
Brewbound Session San Diego 2015 took place on December 3, 2015. Early registration is now open for both 2016 Brewbound Session conferences.
In this week’s edition of Last Call, Off Color Brewing prepares to open a retail shop and offer brewery tours, Sierra Nevada unveils its latest Beer Camp Across America creations and “Big Beer” rolls out their latest ad campaigns.
Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) has announced preliminary 2015 earnings results, highlighting a net sales increase of just 2 percent over the year prior. Total shipments declined 1 percent in 2015, the company said. Net sales grew 4 percent in the fourth quarter, up $1.8 million, according to a statement. Total depletions, meanwhile, declined about 1 percent despite gains from a Kona line that was up 27 percent in the quarter.
Brew Bus, a Tampa-based brewery tour operator, today announced its purchase of Florida Avenue Brewing for an undisclosed sum. First revealed last December, the deal includes the Florida Avenue brewery and tasting room in Seminole Heights, a space Brew Bus is spending about $250,000 to renovate. Upon completion, the location will also serve as a base camp for Brew Bus brewery tours in Tampa.
Based in Fort Collins, Odell Brewing has, on average, grown production about 12.5 percent each year since it opened. The company, which sold about 110,000 barrels across 11 states in 2015, still maintains a set of core objectives that help it succeed at home and away: grow slow and don’t overreach. In 2016, however, Odell plans to press more firmly on the accelerator, projecting 21 percent volume gains and 23 percent revenue growth.
After a 20-year brewing career with Portland’s Craft Brew Alliance, Ben Dobler, who for the last nine years has managed the company’s brewing innovation division, will depart for the much smaller Mt. Tabor Brewing later this month.
With co-founder and brewmaster Jeremy Warren out the door, new Knee Deep brewmaster Dean Roberts knows he’s got big shoes to fill. But rather than try to make his own mark, both Roberts and CEO Jerry Moore hope that the newly promoted brewer will just plain stay the course. And why not? In 2015, the brand doubled production, to just under 12,000 barrels, and expanded into five new states.
Seattle-based Two Beers Brewing, which also owns Seattle Cider Company, today named Braam as its new president. Braam, who first began working with Two Beers in 2011 on a freelance basis, joined both companies full-time last January as their director of business development and marketing.
In this week’s edition of Last Call, 10 Barrel eyes a San Diego brewpub opening, North Carolina teamsters protest MillerCoors’ closure of the Eden brewery and Shock Top reveals its Super Bowl 50 ad.
In an effort to lift a controversial rule imposed by the state’s Department of Revenue, Georgia craft brewers this week cut a deal with beer wholesalers and recaptured the right to sell beer directly to consumers as a “souvenir” for brewery tour-goers. The agreement, which is still pending an official DOR policy bulletin, will allow beermakers to once again charge variable rates for brewery tours — something craft brewers gained when SB 63, the so-called “beer jobs bill,” was signed into law last July.
For the first time in 12 years, Michigan’s Short’s Brewing Company will add permanent distribution to markets outside of its home state. The move, made in part by a desire to fill excess production capacity, will bring its beer and Starcut Cider brand to two new markets before April: Illinois and Pennsylvania.