Sam Crickenberger, the director of economic development for Virginia’s Rockbridge County, loves to “see dirt get turned over.” He wants companies, both from the U.S. and abroad, to plant their flags in that southern terrain and call it home. When a brewery like Devils Backbone does just that, well, that’s even better. That, Crickenberger said, is because breweries offer something that is often absent from other businesses. Located in a part of the country where farming and agriculture is the top industry, Crickenberger believes that the booming popularity of craft beer not only stimulates the [...]
The Brew Talks Southeast Tour will make its final stop at the Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery in Lexington, Virginia on Thursday, Feb. 27. The evening will feature two in-depth conversations on the business of craft beer. For those unable to attend the Brew Talks event in person, we’ve made available a free live video steam, which begins at 5:30 P.M. EST. TUNE IN LIVE Devils Backbone founder Steve Crandall and COO Hayes Humphreys will join Brewbound editor Chris Furnari in a discussion on managing rapid growth. In just its third year of full-scale production, Devils Backbone is on pace to [...]
In the second leg of Brewbound’s Brew Talks Southeast Tour, Sean Wilson, the founder and CEO of Fullsteam Brewery, shared his company’s philosophy on packaging decisions, which he described as “agnostic,” believing that package variety is required from one beer to the next. Based in Durham, N.C., Fullsteam was founded in August of 2010, and at the time, Wilson said that its packaging strategy was simply “anything but the glass 6-pack.” Wilson felt that beer belonged in “different vessels.” “I think for us it works to be packaging agnostic just because we’re so diverse in [...]
After hosting more than 100 beer industry professionals at SweetWater Brewing in Atlanta on Monday, the Brew Talks Southeast Tour will make its second stop at the Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, North Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The second stop during the week-long tour will feature two in-depth conversations on the business of craft beer. For those unable to attend the Brew Talks event in person, we’ve made available a free live video steam, which begins at 5:30 P.M. EST. TUNE IN LIVE The evening’s feature panel will explore how craft brewers can work with – [...]
Representatives from Left Hand Brewing Co., Greenco Beverage Co. and Savannah Distributing discussed the state of craft beer in Georgia during a retail panel that kicked off the Brew Talks Southeast Tour. Consistent service and brand loyalty is paramount to success in the rapidly growing industry, the panel agreed, because retailers face a “very, very hard” decision in stocking their shelves and selecting tap handles as seemingly more and more SKUs come to market .