Victory Brewing co-founder Bill Covaleski, Southern Tier Brewing co-founder Phineas DeMink and Paul Barnett, the managing director of Ulysses Management, will join the Brewbound Session to discuss their new Artisanal Brewing Ventures concept and the continued evolution of the U.S. craft landscape. Also joining the conference are Jerome Pellaud, the vice president of global craft & specialties at Anheuser-Busch InBev and a key member of the company’s ZX Ventures incubator, Jasper Cuppaidge, the founder of London’s Camden Town Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery president Robin Ottaway.
Oskar Blues Brewery is officially a nationally distributed brand. The company today announced it had signed distribution agreements with two wholesalers in Montana, the final state to join Oskar Blues’ distribution map.
The 2016 Craft Brewers Conference — happening May 3-6 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center — officially kicks off in about 48 hours and, if you’re anything like us, you probably still haven’t finalized all of your plans for the week. We’ve got you covered. Brewbound has hand-picked seven can’t-miss seminars for anyone attending this week’s conference. Want to hear some of the industry’s most successful brewery owners, retailers, entrepreneurs and executives read from a few pages of their playbooks? Then don’t skip these seven talks.
Although it missed out on a chance to be included as an amendment in the final version of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) has still garnered support from more than 200 members of the House. The bill, H.R. 2903, had 202 sponsors in the House as of press time. A senate companion bill, S.1562, currently has 38 co-sponsors.
Presenting to a group of eccentric innovators and entrepreneurs who gathered in Carmel, Calif. for the “e.g” conference, Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch today revealed plans to launch a new $100 million fund for investing in “real” food and beverage companies. Beginning with an industry he knows well, craft beer, Koch said he’s secured $100 million from a group of “independent investors,” that will be used to acquire “minority, non-controlling” stakes in craft breweries.
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Retailers in California will be soon be required to inform customers of potential exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), a structural component in many food and beverage packages that has been said to increase the risk of cancer and interfere with normal reproduction. Beginning May 11, companies that manufacture, import or distribute food and beverage products in California will be required to provide a warning about exposure to BPA, which last year was added to the state’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Oskar Blues is going down under. The Colorado-headquartered brewery yesterday announced plans to begin exporting its six core beers — Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Pinner Throwback IPA, Oskar Blues IPA, Old Chub Scotch Ale and Beerito Mexican lager — to Australia in July.
The world is not running out of hops, at least according to the Hop Growers of America. While fears of a global hop shortage have plagued the minds of brewers all over the world, Hop Growers of America (HGA) today reported that the bitter bud’s international supply is actually on the rise — with the United States fueling much of that growth.
10 Barrel Brewing is making its first major push outside of the western region since selling to Anheuser-Busch InBev 18 months ago. Previously distributed in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska and Montana, 10 Barrel has partnered with about 20 A-B wholesalers in a handful of new craft-centric markets, including New York City, Boston and Minneapolis, co-founders Chris and Jeremy Cox told Brewbound.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is expanding once again. The Richmond, Virginia-based brewery yesterday shared plans to open a new brewery and taproom in Charlottesville later this year. The announcement comes less than one year after the company said it would build a new $28 million production campus alongside Virginia’s Tuckahoe Creek.
When the millionaire owner of the fifth largest beer supplier in the U.S. stands on stage in front of hundreds of beer distributors and describes his company as a “small, upstart, underdog brewer,” it’s extremely hard not to roll your eyes. But that doesn’t mean Kashper, who together with TSG Consumer Partners, a private equity firm with offices in San Francisco and New York City, purchased the 172 year-old Pabst Brewing Company at the end of 2014, isn’t thinking like an entrepreneur.
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Brewbound is pleased to announce its initial lineup of speakers for the 2016 Brewbound Session, taking place on June 9 at the Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn. The Brewbound Session, a full-day business conference for beer industry professionals, will provide craft brewery owners with an opportunity to learn and network with hundreds of like-minded brewers, distributors, retailers and investors.