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Locked In: Sales of Kona Big Wave Up 66 Percent

Locked In: Sales of Kona Big Wave Up 66 Percent

The opportunity to deploy a good pun never escapes the folks over at Craft Brew Alliance. A “swelling” number of beer drinkers are purchasing the company’s Hawaiian-themed session brand, Kona Big Wave, according to a press release. Citing recent IRI data, CBA said that annual Big Wave Golden Ale sales are up 66 percent – or as the company also put it: “four times the growth rate of the entire craft beer category.”

Anchor to Sell BrewDog Distribution Rights

Anchor to Sell BrewDog Distribution Rights

While preparing to build out its first large-scale production facility on American soil, the Scottish craft beer stalwart BrewDog is also working out plans to retake control of its U.S. distribution. Anchor Brewing, which has imported the BrewDog brand since 2010, has agreed to sell back the company’s distribution rights for an undisclosed sum, Anchor CEO and co-owner Keith Greggor told Brewbound.

MillerCoors “Stands For Beer” in New Ad Campaign

MillerCoors “Stands For Beer” in New Ad Campaign

MillerCoors is rolling out a new set of print and billboard ads aimed at educating consumers about its company vision and values. The “We Stand for Beer” campaign is set to launch on July 6 in eight U.S. markets where the company operates brewing facilities, including Golden, Colo., Irwindale, Calif., and Fort Worth, Tex., among others.

Buying “The Cutting Edge”

Buying “The Cutting Edge”

In the last 16 months, Anheuser-Busch InBev has acquired three craft breweries in three key beer states. The question on nearly every craft brewer’s mind is “what’s the strategy?” Andy Goeler, A-B InBev’s CEO of Craft, is the man tasked with shepherding all of these newly acquired brands. Over the last four months, Brewbound has asked Goeler, on multiple occasions, to elaborate on the company’s dealings in craft.

Guest Column: Six Tips For Avoiding Trademark Disputes

Guest Column: Six Tips For Avoiding Trademark Disputes

At this point, craft brewers are probably sick of reading the words “trademark dispute” in a headline. Thankfully, we’ve got an opportunity to discuss the topic – and the increasing importance of performing proper trademark due-diligence before launching new products — in a far less contentious way

Braxton Brewing Returns to Brewbound Session, Claims Startup Brewery Challenge 4 Victory

Braxton Brewing Returns to Brewbound Session, Claims Startup Brewery Challenge 4 Victory

When Braxton Brewing co-founder and CEO Jake Rouse first participated in the inaugural Startup Brewery Challenge — held during the 2013 Brewbound Session on December 5 in San Diego — his company was still in planning mode. But earlier this month, Rouse made his return to the Brewbound Session in Chicago with a much more seasoned pitch and a Braxton brand that had been commercially available for nine weeks.

Left Hand Brewing Announces Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Left Hand Brewing Announces Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing will join a growing list of craft brewers opting to sell at least a portion of their companies back to employees. The Longmont-based craft brewery today announced it has finalized the repurchase of common shares from current stockholders and established an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).

IRI: Craft Sales Up 20 Percent; Not Your Father’s Root Beer Cracks the List

IRI: Craft Sales Up 20 Percent; Not Your Father’s Root Beer Cracks the List

Surprise, Surprise – sales of craft beer and cider continue to outpace other segments, up more than 20 percent and 34 percent, respectively, through June 14 in IRI Worldwide’s multi-outlet and convenience store universe (which includes grocery, drug, Wal-Mart, club, dollar, mass-merchandiser and military stores). The craft segment currently comprises more than 8 percent of total beer dollar sales, according to the research firm.

Duvel Moortgat USA Announces New VP of Sales

Duvel Moortgat USA Announces New VP of Sales

After completing an “extensive” internal and external search, Duvel Moortgat USA yesterday announced Bobby Dykstra as its new vice president of the sales. Dykstra, a 12-year beer industry veteran, takes over for Steve Mills, who left to become CEO of Uinta Brewing earlier this month.

BA and BI Jointly Endorse Tax Reform Bill

BA and BI Jointly Endorse Tax Reform Bill

The Brewers Association and the Beer Institute issued a joint statement this afternoon in support of a new bill that would restructure the federal excise tax rate on beer, creating a unified front to take on an issue that has for years divided the beer industry’s two leading advocacy groups.

Lagunitas Announces Third Brewery Location

Lagunitas Announces Third Brewery Location

Lagunitas is planning another brewery, this time in Southern California. Brewery founder Tony Magee took to Twitter late last night to make the big reveal, detailing plans for the company’s third brewing facility, which will be located in Azusa, Calif., just 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.