Minneapolis’ Fulton Beer has struck a deal with Artisanal Imports that will enable the company to broaden its distribution footprint throughout the Midwest and along East Coast.
In Brewbound’s latest legislative roundup: Kansas grocers want to sell full-strength beer; North Carolina brewers fight laws that favor wholesalers; Nebraska craft brewers oppose a bill limiting craft, Florida legislators consider booze sales and growler sales are on the docket in Minnesota.
Modern Times is looking for balance in 2017. “We’re really growing in all directions,” CEO and founder Jacob McKean told Brewbound via e-mail. “The last two years we’ve had enormous growth in our wholesale business, so now it’s time to add some tasting rooms. Our business model works extremely well for us; we’re just focused on scaling it at a reasonable rate.”
Josh Landan, the co-founder of San Diego’s Saint Archer Brewing, has departed the company less than 18 months after selling it to MillerCoors. In an email sent to MillerCoors employees and obtained by Brewbound, Scott Whitley, the president of Tenth and Blake, MillerCoors’ craft and import division, said Landan resigned to “spend more time on his latest venture, Villager Goods.”
A group of 33 craft breweries have signed a letter urging senators to vote against the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Press Clips: Walmart Accused of Selling Faux Craft Beers; Heineken to Purchase Brasil Kirin Holdings; New Belgium Unveils Voodoo Ranger Mascot.
Despite sales volume declines at home and abroad, Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter said he was pleased with the company’s progress.
Meg Gill is going Hollywood. The 31-year-old co-founder of Los Angeles’ Golden Road Brewing, now a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, will star in an upcoming documentary series set to premiere on Vice Media’s cable television network, Viceland, in April.
Oakshire Brewing today announced a pair of key leadership changes. The Eugene, Oregon-based brewery, which produced around 9,000 barrels of beer last year, has hired Jamie Walker, formerly of Pabst Brewing Company, to lead its sales team. Oakshire, which was founded in 2006, has also placed lead brewer Dan Russo in charge of its seven-person production team.
Adam Avery isn’t running away from risk. “We jump the shark more often than we need to, but without jumping the shark, you don’t know what is possible,” says Avery, who started his namesake brewery in Boulder, Colorado, a quarter century ago with his father, Larry. “We need to do the things that we want to do and not be afraid.”
Blue Point Brewing Company has announced plans to build a 60,000 barrel, multi-million dollar brewery in Patchogue, New York.
In this week’s edition of Last Call: Sierra Nevada will introduce the “Beer Camp Across the World” variety pack in June, BrewDog is planning to open its first U.S. brewpub this month and Hitachino Nest Beer is opening a restaurant in San Francisco during SF Beer Week.
The Beer Institute has estimated that category-wide beer volumes grew 0.3 percent last year, thanks in part to increasing sales of craft and imported beer. In a note to members, sent yesterday, Beer Institute CEO Jim McGreevy said sales of imported beer, particularly brands from Mexico, propelled the category to a positive performance in 2016.
Another craft brewery has sold itself back to its employees. Vermont’s Switchback Brewing Company, known throughout New England for its popular Switchback Ale, today announced the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), transferring 100 percent of the company’s stock into a trust backed by GreatBanc Trust Company.