Craft beer industry news, events, and jobs.2015-08-01T21:36:40Z Press Release <![CDATA[Dry Dock Brewing Company Releases 2015 Imperial Pumpkin Ale]]> 2015-08-01T00:08:05Z 2015-08-01T00:08:05Z

AURORA, CO — Pumpkin season is upon us! On Thursday, August 6, Dry Dock Brewing Company will release its famed Imperial Pumpkin Ale at Canoe Room at North Dock at 2pm.

This will be the third year that Dry Dock’s Imperial Pumpkin is packaged in 22-ounce bombers. “This beer is a beefier version of the classic Half Moon Pumpkin Ale,” says Dry Dock’s Director of Brewing Operations Doug Hyndman. “When we brew this beer, the brewery smells like Savory Spice’s pumpkin spice blend for a few weeks.”

This spiced Imperial Pumpkin Ale is Autumn in a glass. Real pumpkin added into the mash brings a rich, smooth base to this copper-colored ale. Saigon and Indonesian cinnamons, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, mace and cloves spark thoughts of all of the gruesome things that make fall such a special time of year. Imperial Pumpkin Ale weighs in at 9 percent ABV and 24 IBU. Pair this beer with roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, spicy chili, and chocolate truffles for dessert.

Imperial Pumpkin Ale will tap at Canoe Room at North Dock on Thursday, August 6 at 2pm. The beer will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bombers through the weekend. Find Imperial Pumpkin Ale at South Dock and in Colorado liquor stores the following week.


Dry Dock Brewing Company was the first brewery in Aurora, Colorado that opened next door to its sister business, The Brew Hut, at 15120 E. Hampden Avenue in 2005. Dry Dock is now one of Colorado’s top producing breweries made possible by its second production facility, North Dock, the closest Colorado craft brewery to the airport. Dry Dock will celebrate its 10th anniversary in October.

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Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Founder Plans to Sell Stake, Retire]]> 2015-08-01T21:36:40Z 2015-08-01T00:05:26Z

David Logsdon, a lifelong beer industry entrepreneur and the founder of Oregon’s Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, has agreed to sell a significant stake in his brewery to three new partners, Brewbound has learned.

Reached by phone, Logsdon said that he and the company’s five additional partners have verbally agreed to a deal that would reshape the company’s current ownership structure.

Logsdon, who owns a controlling interest in the brewery, plans to sell an undisclosed stake and step back from day-to-day operations, he said.

“It is time for me to retire now, although I won’t be retiring completely,” he said. “I will continue to be involved with the brewery, oversee quality and develop new beers.”

Mr. Logsdon will retain a minority interest and the company’s five existing partners will also “shuffle” their stakes. Partner and brewer Charles Porter will depart the company to pursue a new opportunity, Logsdon said.

Three new partners — Stuart Faris, Chris Shepard and A.J. Shepard – have agreed to purchase a stake in the brewery. The trio currently co-owns Uptown Market, a specialty bottle shop and brewery based in Beaverton, Ore.

“Most of our current partners wanted to stay involved to some extent and this gave them the opportunity to retain some interest,” he said.

Specific terms of the deal, which was verbally agreed upon yesterday, are still being finalized, Mr. Logsdon said.

Pacific Northwest beer blogs Brewpublic and The New School first broke the news.

Logsdon, which produced just 1,000 barrels in 2014 and sold its products in 11 U.S. states as well as more than 20 countries, plans to transition at least some of its production away from a family-owned farm in Hood River, Ore.

“The majority of the equipment, the brand and the assets are being sold,” Mr. Logsdon said. “We anticipate that we will continue to produce some beer here on the farm while we expand into a larger facility, and a new system.”

A serial entrepreneur, Logsdon is one of the most prolific figures on the Oregon beer scene. In 1985, he founded Wyeast Laboratories, an internationally recognized supplier of liquid yeast cultures. He sold that business in 2009 and founded Logsdon Farmhouse Ales in 2011.

Mr. Logsdon was also a founding brewer at Full Sail Brewing, an employee-owned brewery that earlier this year sold to Encore Consumer Capital.

“I basically sold two breweries in one year,” he joked.

Logsdon said he met with other potential acquirers, including breweries “large and small.”

“We went out and discussed the matter with some breweries and other potential buyers,” he said. “This worked out to be what we felt was the best, moving forward, for the brand and for ourselves. We’re happy to see this move forward and we are looking forward to seeing the brand continue to grow.”

Later this year, the company will expand distribution into Connecticut and Ohio (where Mr. Logsdon is originally from).

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales also won Brewbound’s inaugural Startup Brewery Challenge in 2013.

David Eisenberg <![CDATA[Last Call: Koch on Boston’s Foreign Future; Craft Act Gains Sponsors]]> 2015-07-31T16:13:38Z 2015-07-31T16:13:38Z

Koch will ‘likely be the last American owner of the Boston Beer Company’

Jim Koch, founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, told the Wall Street Journal that he would “likely be the last American owner” of the brewery that produces the iconic Samuel Adams lineup.

The big reason for that, Koch claims, is the U.S. tax code. The high rate, he recently argued in front of a Senate sub-committee has brought about takeovers of American breweries by foreign entities, creating a climate where nearly 90 percent of the beer made in America is actually produced by international firms.

Nonetheless, in a second quarter earnings call yesterday, Koch clarified, when prodded by an investor, that he isn’t considering an exit. So if he’s the last American owner of the company, that era doesn’t yet have an end in sight.

Craft Tax Bill Boasts 71 House Sponsors, 8 in Senate

As of July 29, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, a sweeping bipartisan bill that would dramatically cut the federal excise tax rate imposed on brewers, currently boasts 71 sponsors in the House and eight in the Senate. The Brewers Association has compiled an interactive map that lists, by state, each congressional sponsor of the bill. The organization has also advocated for its members to contact their representative lawmakers and encourage them to support the bill.

Joe Paterno Beer an Early Hit

A beer brewed in tribute to Penn State’s all-time winningest football coach, the late Joe Paterno, has proven itself a champion before even hitting the market. Duquesne Brewing, which brewed the Vienna-style lager in partnership with the Paterno family, initially expected to sell through 500 barrels of the beer by late September. In pre-sale orders alone, though, the brewery has sold more than 2,800 barrels, far exceeding those early forecasts without even tapping the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh markets yet, reports Penn Live.

“I’ve never seen anything like this, and I’ve been in the beer industry a long time,” Mark Dudash, owner of Duquesne Brewing, told the website. “It just doesn’t happen this easy. Something special is in the making. I just said to Jay [Paterno], ‘There’s a guardian angel up in heaven somewhere.’ What’s going on right now, it just doesn’t happen. This thing is crazy.”

The Paterno Legacy Series Lager, as it’s called, boasts some of Paterno’s impressive career stats – 209 wins, 24 bowl victories – on the can, alongside a sketch of the coach, clad in his distinct glasses.

Though the beer is here just in time for football season, Dudash said it won’t be a “one-and-done,” but rather they plan to build the brand, despite the legendary coach’s career ending unceremoniously after he was let go by the school in light of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Profitability of Alabama’s Craft Beer No Guarantee

Though Alabama, like the rest of the country, is enjoying a craft beer awakening of sorts, manufacturers in the southern state aren’t exactly printing money, reports Rather than turning a profit, breweries in the state – which could reasonably be described as a tad behind the times when compared to hubs like Oregon, California or even nearby North Carolina – are continually reinvesting with an eye toward the future. In Alabama and beyond, that predicament impacts not only tiny producers, but breweries with fairly significant scale, Bart Watson, chief economist with the Brewers Association, told the website.

“I talk to brewers who have reached that region of making 15,000 barrels a year and have never turned a profit because they keep growing and they see opportunities down the line,” he told “And [they] choose those over short-term profitability.”

David Eisenberg <![CDATA[Boston Beer Depletions Up, Samuel Adams Brand Family Down]]> 2015-07-30T21:48:44Z 2015-07-30T21:48:44Z

Boston Beer Company today reported second quarter net revenues of $252.2 million, indicative of a 9 percent increase over the same time period last year. Depletions grew as well, up 6 percent and 7 percent from comparable 13- and 26-week periods in 2014.

The company called the growth “a testament” to its diversified brand portfolio, but noted that its Angry Orchard, Twisted Tea, and its emerging Traveler brands are offsetting “developing weaknesses” within Boston Beer’s flagship family of Samuel Adams brands. As as result, the company has reined in its full-year depletions projections considerably and is now estimating year-end growth between 6 and 9 percent, down from 8 to 12 percent.

Boston Beer chairman and founder Jim Koch attributed the dip for Samuel Adams, which mostly impacted Boston Lager and some of its seasonal offerings, to the increasingly cutthroat craft beer landscape.

“Our Samuel Adams trends appear to represent a very competitive category where drinkers are facing greatly increased choices and established brands are being impacted,” said Koch. “We believe that craft beer will continue to grow and that we are positioned to share in that growth though the quality of our brands and beers, our innovation and speed to market capability and our sales execution, along with our strong financial position and ability to invest in growing our brands.”

Added company president and CEO Martin Roper, “We are working hard to improve the Sam Adams brand trends and in the second half of the year we expect to introduce new packaging and advertising to support our planned promotional activity.”

To that end, Boston Beer said it plans to increase its advertising, promotional and selling expenses to between $25 and $35 million. In the second quarter, the company increased the budget by 8 percent, spending $5.4 million on advertising, promotions and selling expenses. Nevertheless, in an earnings call with investors, Roper said he anticipates seeing “continued pressure” on the Samuel Adams brand family.

The company will continue to invest significantly in Traveler and other existing subsidiary Alchemy & Science brands by increasing expenditures between $10 and $15 million.

Looking ahead, Boston Beer is also anticipating:

  • National price increases between 1 percent and 2 percent
  • Gross margins between 51 percent and 53 percent
  • Capital spending between $70 and $100 million
  • Effective tax rate of approximately 37 percent
  • Angry Orchard cidery to “probably” open in Q4.

Other notes:

The company reported a net income of $29.9 million for the quarter, up 16 percent against the same time span last year. That amounts to $2.18 per diluted share.

Boston reported $451.7 million in net revenue year-to-date ending June 27, up $36.3 million (9 percent) over the comparable 26-week period last year.

And in case you were curious, Koch said during the earnings call that he wasn’t considering an exit from the company, or the board, anytime soon.

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[IRI: Craft Sales Up 22 Percent Over Last Four Weeks]]> 2015-07-30T21:53:10Z 2015-07-30T21:40:21Z

Staring at IRI’s latest spreadsheet isn’t exactly the most exhilarating way to spend a Thursday afternoon, but it can reveal some pretty interesting nuggets.

Take this one, about Not Your Father’s Root Beer (NYFRB): The brand that everyone seems to be talking about, nonstop, is now the 11th best-selling “craft” product in the research firm’s multi-outlet and convenience store (MULC) universe (which includes grocery, drug, Wal-Mart, club, dollar, mass-merchandiser and military stores).

And, over the last four weeks, sales of NYFRB surpassed $8 million mark (about half of the brand’s total dollar sales so far in 2015).

And while there’s certainly no denying NYFRB’s success in recent weeks, there’s a whole swath of craft brands that are also continuing to grow at impressive double-digit (and sometimes triple-digit) rates.

One of the country’s fastest-growing craft breweries, Lagunitas, has three top-30 best-selling craft SKUs — IPA, Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ and its seasonal offering. Each brand is up 53 percent, 61 percent and 42 percent, respectively.

Not to be outdone, sales of Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Extra IPA and Samuel Adams’ Rebel IPA are up 15.4 percent and 33 percent year-to-date, respectively. Four-week trends for Torpedo are steady, up 13.4 percent, but sales of Samuel Adams Rebel IPA are up just 7.4 percent since June 12.

Meanwhile, Firestone Walker Brewing’s 805 Blonde Ale is quickly creeping its way up the top-30 list as well. Sales are up 147 percent year-to-date and the latest four-week figures don’t seem to indicate a slowdown anytime soon.

Taking a step back and looking at channel trends, craft supermarket sales are up a healthy 17.8 percent over the last 52 weeks, but there’s a slight decline brewers should pay attention to. Sales of craft beer in supermarkets were actually up 20.5 percent at this time last year.

The takeaway? As craft continues to capture additional market share, dollar sales growth slows, which is to be expected — it’s more difficult to continue growing at a 20 percent clip on an increasingly larger base. Nevertheless, it would seem as though the days of consistent 20 percent growth could be, slowly, returning to more sustainable single-digit figures.

Year-to-date, however, craft sales are still up more than 21 percent in MULC. Buoyed by a strong Fourth of July numbers – craft sales were up 22 percent over the four-week period ending July 12 – the category is on pace to grow by double-digits, yet again, in 2015.

Driving that growth, as everyone might expect, are sales of IPA. Year-to-date sales are approaching $400 million, up 45.2 percent in IRI’s MULC universe. IPA now makes up more 27 percent of category-wide sales.

Other trends to watch:

  • Sales of craft pilsner are up 122 percent year-to-date.
  • Sales of craft farmhouse/saison ales are up 143.9 percent year-to-date.
  • Sales of Mexican Imports are up 13.8 percent
Press Release <![CDATA[Jester King Releases Bière de Syrah]]> 2015-07-30T17:55:40Z 2015-07-30T17:55:40Z

Austin, TX — We are pleased to introduce Jester King Bière de Syrah — a barrel-aged sour beer refermented with Syrah grapes. Bière de Syrah consists of a blend of beer fermented in oak barrels for nine to twelve months with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery. The blend was then refermented with Syrah grapes for about two weeks, transferred off of the fruit, then aged for an additional nine months in oak barrels. After packaging, the beer naturally conditioned for an additional two months prior to release. Altogether, Bière de Syrah is roughly two years old.

Bière de Syrah spent considerably more time aging than most of our other fruited sour beers. This is due to the fact that our Barrel Program Head Adrienne Ballou likes the practice of racking (transferring) beer refermented with wine grapes back into oak barrels for further maturation. Adrienne came to Jester King from the wine world and brought several winemaking techniques with her. According to Adrienne, maturation in oak barrels following fruit refermentation allows the beer to take on more complex characteristics than just bright fruit character and acidity.

The grapes used in the refermentation of Bière de Syrah came from the 2014 harvest in California. We attempt to use native Texas fruit whenever possible, but in this case, we had difficultly sourcing Texas grapes last year. Most of the grapes from the 2014 Texas harvest went to winemakers. Fortunately, we’ve developed some great relationships with wineries in our area, so hopefully this will be the last time we source grapes from California, or anywhere outside of Texas.

Bière de Syrah was brewed with Hill Country well water, barley, wheat, oats, and hops. It was fermented with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the Texas Hill Country prior to refermentation with Syrah grapes. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned in bottles, kegs, and casks. Bière de Syrah is 7.3% alcohol by volume, 9 IBU, 3.2 pH at the time of packaging in June 2015, and has a finishing gravity of 1.001 (0.25 degrees Plato).

Bière de Syrah will be released at Jester King when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, July 31st. It will be available to go in 500ml bottles ($16/bottle, limit 1 per customer per day, approximately 2,700 bottles available). A very limited amount of Bière de Syrah will be available by the glass at our tasting room. We’ll be tapping one gravity keg (20L) of Bière de Syrah at 4pm on Friday, 1pm on Saturday, and 1pm on Sunday and selling 4 ounce pours while supplies last. Outside of special events, Bière de Syrah will only be available at our tasting room. The label art was created by our own Josh Cockrell.

David Eisenberg <![CDATA[Deschutes Promotes Former Tour Guide to Brewmaster]]> 2015-07-30T17:52:09Z 2015-07-30T17:52:09Z

Veronica Vega, brewmaster, Deschutes

Deschutes Brewery has named Veronica Vega, who started her career with the company in 2006 as a tour guide, its new brewmaster.

In the position, Vega will head up the brewery’s research and development initiatives, alongside fellow brewmaster Brian Faivre, who leads Deschutes’ technical brewing operations, the company said.

After her stint as a tour guide, Vega worked in the company’s cellar and eventually shifted into a production role, where she was able apply her background in biology. For the last three-and-a-half years, she has worked as the lead brewer at Deschutes’ original pub location in Bend, Ore.

“We have an extremely talented brewing department,” said Vega, in company statement. “I look forward to working collaboratively with both our R&D and production teams to innovate on the process of experimental aspects of our brewing efforts.”

Deschutes president Michael LaLonde said Vega’s familiarity with every aspect of the business — from tour guide, to the cellar, to the brewpub — should give her a leg up as she takes on the brewmaster title.

“Veronica has done a fantastic job heading up our Bend pub for the past few years,” said LaLonde. “Her experience with Deschutes at every level givers her a unique insight in her new role.”

Deschutes, the nation’s eighth largest craft brewery by volume, sold 337,094 barrels in 2014, according to the Brewers Association.

Press Release <![CDATA[Cape May Releases Concrete Ship, Renovates Patio]]> 2015-07-30T14:49:52Z 2015-07-30T14:49:52Z

Cape May, NJ — This Friday, July 31, Cape May Brewing Company will release its newest beer, a rich Imperial Stout called Concrete Ship that weighs in at 9.3%. While heavy on the alcohol, the brew’s been mellowing for two months, so the flavor that comes through is more complex than boozy. Expect layers of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.

The name of the beer salutes the SS Atlantus, the 3,000-ton concrete ship that ran aground 150 feet from Cape May’s Sunset Beach in 1926. She’s been steadily sinking ever since, and only a portion of her stern remains visible. The ship – like the beer – is best described as ‘big.’

Now, visitors to CMBC’s tasting room can enjoy this and all of CMBC’s beers on a newly-renovated, 10-by-40-foot patio complete with shaded picnic table seating, landscaping, and a stamped concrete floor via Cape Concrete Designs that mimics the look, texture and warm feel of cedar.

“It’s a serene place to spend an afternoon when the beach gets too hot to handle,” says Marketing Guru Alicia Grasso.

CMBC is open everyday from noon to 8pm for tours and tastings. For more brewing and expansion updates, visit

  • Who: Cape May Brewing Company
  • What: Brewing/Expansion News
  • When: Now!
  • Where: On the grounds of Cape May Airport, 1288 Hornet Road, Cape May
  • Why: Onwards and upwards!

About Cape May Brewing Company

Once upon a time, twenty-something Ryan Krill earned a six-figure salary working in finance and real estate development in Manhattan, while his college roommate, Chris Henke, designed satellites. During a summer weekend at the Jersey shore, they brewed a batch of beer with Ryan’s dad that wasn’t half bad. “Should we open a brewery?” Ryan asked, only half-serious. But, by the following year, the three guys had secured a space at Cape May Airport where they concocted a makeshift brew system and honed their beer-making skills. In 2011, they started with one client. Today, there are over 360+ accounts in Jersey and Pennsylvania proudly serving the guys’ award-winning recipes. And CMBC’s fearless leaders have never looked back.

Press Release <![CDATA[Perrin Brewing Installs New Canning Line]]> 2015-07-30T14:44:24Z 2015-07-30T14:44:24Z

Comstock Park, MI - Perrin Brewing Company has installed a Cask Brewing Systems canning line. Heavy hitters from Cask Brewing Systems (Mike Symcox) and Mumm Products (Mike Burns) came out to Perrin to personally oversee the installation of the canning line.

Pete Love of Cask Brewing Systems said “Our canning systems give small brewers an affordable, small-scale way to package their beer. They also allow craft brewers to put their beer in a package that’s portable, infinitely recyclable and gives their beer the ultimate protection.”

The new canning line allows the brewery to offer 12 ounce six-packs,” to go” only sales, of their highly sought-after Grapefruit IPA and Veterans Pale Ale, otherwise known as VPA, exclusively in their taproom beginning August 3rd.

“I’m really excited for our release of cans. We have seen some extremely high growth with selling of only draft beer this entire time, and packaging will take it a step further.” Stated Perrin Production Team Manager John Stewart, he further went on to say “I’m really happy we are going with cans, canned craft beer has a really positive reception in Michigan, with everyone being able to take cans with them wherever they go. Cans are also exceptionally good at keeping the quality of beer high, and cans don’t allow light or oxygen into the package to murder the beer.”

VPA is brewed in collaboration with the Freedom Cruise and is a fundraiser for the Finish the Mission Veterans Relief Fund in support of local veterans and their families.

Perrin will begin distributing their canned beers into the surrounding four county area; Kent, Montcalm, Barry, and Ionia, through West Side Beer Distributing. Gold Ale, Black Ale, and 98 Problems IPA will follow with distribution in late summer and early fall.

Cask started the craft in a can movement with Oskar Blues Brewery in 2002 canning Dales Pale Ale. Cans are known for eliminating the damaging effects of light and oxygen while being infinitely portable and recyclable.

About Perrin Brewing Company

Founded in 2011 in Comstock Park, MI, Perrin Brewing Company has seen rapid growth in their first few years. In addition to the strength of their brewpub experience, Perrin taps are found at more than 700 locations in Michigan, helping the brewery reach nearly 14,000 barrels with draft-only offerings in 2014.

For more information, visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Andrews Distributing to Sell Coney Island’s Hard Root Beer]]> 2015-07-30T14:41:54Z 2015-07-30T14:41:54Z

Dallas, TX – Andrews Distributing is excited to announce a new partnership with Coney Island Brewing Company. Andrews is scheduled to begin distributing Coney Island’s Hard Root Beer in Dallas-Fort Worth and Corpus Christi in August.

Coney Island Brewing was founded in 2007 by Jeremy Cowen of Shmaltz Brewing Company. Cowen created award-winning brews with bold artwork featuring the spirit and iconic imagery of Coney Island in New York. In 2013, the brewery began a new journey and joined the Alchemy & Science family. Coney Island Brewing continues to create world-class products that capture the fun and happiness of Coney Island.

Coney Island Hard Root Beer is a new twist on an old favorite. The 5.8% alcohol by volume beverage has hints of vanilla, licorice and birch, designed to take your mind and taste buds to the boardwalk.

Chris Adams, brewery operations manager for Coney Island, said the team is looking forward to sharing Coney Island with the Texas audience.

“We would be remiss not to explore any opportunity to invite people to discover our Coney Island family,” Adams said. “We are proud of these world-class beers, and we’re excited to find a new audience with our Hard Root Beer!”

Blythe Lee, Andrews brand manager for Coney Island, said Coney Island is a unique and enjoyable brand.

“The Coney Island team has combined great, entertaining artwork with an even better product that we look forward to sharing in Texas,” Lee said. “We are eager to begin distribution of their Hard Root Beer in DFW and Corpus Christi as it continues to grow in popularity.”

The Hard Root Beer will first be available in 6-pack bottles and a limited availability of draft (1/2 bbls), with plans to also add 12-pack cans.

For additional information about Coney Island Brewing Company, please visit


Andrews Distributing Co. is one of the nation’s largest beer distributors with facilities in Dallas, Allen, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi, Texas. Andrews Distributing’s home office is located in Dallas. Andrews Distributing represents 36 supplier partners, more than 300 brands, and 1,400 proud team members.

For information about Andrews visit

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Calagione: A-B Kicked the Tires]]> 2015-07-29T21:28:21Z 2015-07-29T21:28:21Z

When your brewery has experienced double-digit growth for the last 17 consecutive years, you’re bound to field a few offers.

So it should come as no surprise, then, that the world’s largest brewery recently tried to arrange a formal sit down with one of craft’s most revered “indie” brewery owners: Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione.

“They reached out to us and wanted to talk about some of their recent craft deals and arranging something similar,” Calagione told Brewbound.

Calagione, an outspoken and staunch defender of the Brewers Association’s craft brewer definition, said he politely told Anheuser-Busch InBev that he “wasn’t interested in having a meeting,” but invited company officials to take part in one of Dogfish Head’s regular brewery tours instead.

“The BA definition of an indie craft brewery is too important to me,” he said. “We are a family-controlled company, but we have other stakeholders. We are always going to come from a pure place and I feel an obligation to keep Dogfish Head a family-owned company that prioritizes our passion for beer over a passion for making money.”

At least, he added, until his two kids are “old enough” to have a conversation about a generational transfer.

“We have about a decade to think about that,” he said.

Until then, Calagione is focused on growing Dogfish and its beer, spirit and restaurant endeavors in a sustainable and manageable way.

“We have learned that, at the scale we are at right now, if we grow too quickly we outgrow our equipment and processes and people faster than we can replenish them,” Calagione said. “My hats off to my craft brewing brethren who have chosen a path of fast growth, but a more enjoyable experience for us means prioritizing strong growth over fast growth.”

That means focusing more energy on projects like a new distillery as well as a high-end, seafood-focused restaurant and bar located next to its Rehoboth Beach, Del. brewpub.

Produced in a recently expanded distillery that features two, 500-gallon copper pot stills and a 26-foot vodka/gin column still, three entirely new Dogfish Head spirits brands will hit the Delaware market in October, Calagione said. New Jersey and New York markets will follow in early 2016, once the company finishes interviewing and selecting distributors.

On the beer side, Calagione said he’s expecting another year of at least 10 percent growth and sales of more than 250,000 barrels. 60- and 90-Minute IPA are still the company’s top two beers, but the lower alcohol “Namaste” has recently emerged as the company third largest brand.

“Is it any coincidence that a 4.8 percent non-IPA but very approachable and sessionable beer is our fastest growing beer? I don’t think so,” he said, crediting much of Namste’s growth to accelerating session beer trends.

60-Minute IPA is still around 47 percent of total sales volume, Calagione said, but Namaste has grown from just one percent of sales to about eight percent of sales in the last 24 months.

Still, there’s no urge to step on the gas pedal, even with a brewery infrastructure that is capable of supporting 600,000 barrels annually (with the addition of new fermentation tanks).

“It’s going to be another four or five years before we are contemplating another huge capex investment,” he said. “We bit off a big chunk two years ago and now we can focus on our relationships with distributors and retailers without worrying about a looming capex project.”

To help with those relationships, Dogfish has hired former Constellation executive Todd Bollig as its new vice president of sales. He’ll be tasked with “focusing” the company’s entire sales force and its distributors partners around “what differentiates [our] core lineup, and being an innovative brewery with a portfolio that is IPA-centric.”

Once “focused,” Dogfish may look to add new markets, Calagione said.

“The fact that we can be up over 10 percent I think shows the health of our brand and gives us opportunities to explore in future years,” he said. “We are having discussions about the future and we are aware of how quickly the marketplace is evolving.”

“We’re on the cusp of a new era in the craft beer world,” he added. “Most students of the industry recognize that the current environment of two craft breweries opening every day, and the world’s largest breweries buying what were once indie craft breweries and making them a priority, changes the landscape. You’d have to be an ostrich with your head in the sand to say that it doesn’t.”

How the space and Dogfish Head’s business will continue to evolve?

“Time will tell,” said Calagione.

Press Release <![CDATA[Sudwerk Releases Rye of the Lager]]> 2015-07-29T19:20:10Z 2015-07-29T19:20:10Z

DAVIS, Calif. — With craft beer shelves dominated by IPAs, some consumers are looking for something different. That’s why Sudwerk Brewing Co. created Rye of the Lager, an IPL it calls “a needle in the shelf stack.

“It’s the first rye India Pale Lager available at stores on the West Coast that I’m aware of,” said Trent Yackzan, co-owner of the 25-year-old brewery that is redefining the American lager.

With ales, naturally occurring esters can at times compete against other ingredients, especially in the finish. That’s not the case here. In contrast, lager yeast provides a platform to let the other ingredients shine through. Stone fruit aromatics combine with lemon and pepper flavors, a pleasant blend of spice, and a bold finish. The fruity, subtle flavor from Simcoe and Amarillo hops balances with the dry spiciness of the rye. (7.0 ABV, 70 IBU)

Rye of the Lager is the culmination of more than a year of trial batches, in search of the perfect balance. Last fall’s small batch released at the Sudwerk taproom, The Dock, was so well received, “we knew this was the beer that should become our next year-round West Coast lager,” Yackzan said.

Sudwerk Brewing Co.’s Rye Imperial Pale Lager will be available throughout California, in 22 ounce bottles, starting in early August. Suggested retail price $5.99 to $6.99 per bottle. It’s also available in 15.5 gallon and 5.17 gallon kegs. Sudwerk will host a release party for the beer from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 31 at The Dock, 2001 Second St.

For details on these and other Sudwerk Brewing Co. events, visit


Building on 25 years of family legacy and brewing tradition, Sudwerk Brewing Co. specializes in artisanal craft brews, specifically West Coast craft lagers. Its taproom, The Dock Store, at 2001 Second St., Davis, Calif., is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2 to 8 p.m. on weekends. It offers a rotating menu of experimental and innovative beers, “honest pints” and growler fills, fresh White Labs brewers’ yeast, and good conversation. Learn more at

David Eisenberg <![CDATA[Night Shift Expands Boston Area Facility]]> 2015-07-29T18:04:04Z 2015-07-29T18:00:26Z

As Night Shift Brewing continues to carve out its own niche in the Greater Boston craft beer scene, the brewery is spending much of its fourth year in operation expanding capacity and beautifying its facility.

Earlier this month, the brewery, headquartered in Everett, Mass., installed three 40-barrel fermentation tanks and plans to add two additional 60-barrel tanks this October. The new tanks will bring the company’s total annual capacity to 8,000 barrels.

The capacity increases were part of a larger expansion, one that included the addition of 11,000 sq. ft. of storage and production space earlier this year. The company now operates in a 27,000 sq. ft. space, a dramatic increase from the 2,500 sq. ft. facility from three years ago.

Additionally, Night Shift recently overhauled its taproom by giving it a “total furniture makeover,” increasing seating capacity in the process from 80 to 120, bringing total capacity to 232.

All in, the abovementioned projects are expected to cost the company around $150,000, financed entirely by cash flow, according to company co-founder Michael Oxton. But the changes aren’t done there. Oxton said additional upgrades, including another taproom expansion, are expected later this year.

“That project is still being assessed, so nothing definite, but it will likely at least double what we’ve spent so far,” he said.

The added capacity will enable the company to expand its presence throughout the state of Massachusetts, said Oxton. Its packaged lineup, driven by its flagships Santilli (IPA) and Whirlpool (pale ale), is expected to be available at retail throughout most of the state by mid-2016, though the draft expansion “won’t be as widespread,” said Oxton. The company currently self-distributes all of its beer and has no immediate plans to sign with a distributor.

“This model has worked really well for us so far,” added Oxton.

While the vast majority of Night Shift’s business is in Massachusetts, the company had sent a few kegs earlier this year up to Portland, Maine, a not-too-distant and well-established city in the craft beer scene. As production ramps up, Oxton said the company plans to “more and more often” send beer to Portland.

Night Shift is projecting sales of 3,500 barrels this year, up from 1,400 in 2014. Total production for the brewery is estimated to reach approximately 5,000 barrels with 30 percent of the beer being placed in oak barrels for future offerings.

Press Release <![CDATA[New Belgium’s Digital Team Receives “Genius” Status from L2’s Beer Digital IQ Index]]> 2015-07-28T20:52:44Z 2015-07-28T20:52:44Z

Ft. Collins, Colo. – New Belgium Brewing has received high praise for its digital team, which L2’s Beer Digital IQ Index® names “genius”. New Belgium is one of three beer brands, and the only craft beer company, to earn the “genius” badge. L2, a benchmarking and education firm, analyzed 67 beer companies for the study. L2 created the Index to serve as the global standard for determining a brand’s digital skills. New Belgium received the distinction for its innovations in e-commerce, social media, its Grand Cru loyalty program, content and paid media, and for creatively merging in-person events and digital activations.

“Although the term ‘genius’ feels a little lofty, we’ll gladly take the high compliment,” said Kevin Darst, digital manager at New Belgium. “The beer world is a crowded place where it can be difficult to stand out, so we try and always meet our fans and friends where they are in the digital world. One way is through incorporating personal experiences and giving fans plenty of ways to interact. It’s definitely a fun and ever evolving world, and I can’t say enough about our team here at New Belgium.”

The “genius” badge is only awarded to companies that score 140 points or more using L2’s methodology, which looks at the company’s site and e-commerce, digital marketing, social media and mobile strategies. Bud Light and Budweiser were the only other brands to receive “genius” status.

New Belgium’s Zealots of Zag Campaign is one example of a highly integrated digital campaign that highlights the brewery’s values and engages brand champions across multiple platforms. Fans are invited to join the digital banter for Zag On by tagging videos and photos, which showcase living in an unconventional but purposeful way, with the hashtag #zagging. There’s also a chance to win a trip to Belgium by creating a #zagging video with content from coworkers’ 5-year anniversary Belgium trip. All stories submitted may be featured on and the brewery’s Beer Mode App, as well as New Belgium’s social channels.

About New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, one of World Blu’s Most Freedom-Centered Workplaces, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at

Press Release <![CDATA[Diamond Knot Releases Fog Bank Fall Ale]]> 2015-07-28T20:47:00Z 2015-07-28T20:47:00Z

MUKILTEO, WA – Fall may be right around the corner, but for the crew at Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, the leaves may as well start falling and the crisp fall days begin. Actually, most Pacific Northwesterners would probably welcome a cool day or two with the recent heat.

Call our release of Fog Bank Fall Ale a sort of cooler-fall-day dance, a way to welcome in all that is rich and wonderful about our evergreen autumns. Fog Bank Fall Ale is definitely considered a taste of fall in a glass.

In its second year, Fog Bank Fall Ale gives a nod to that fateful day in Crescent Bay and the two-month-long marine salvage that ensued shortly after in 1947. August 13, 1947 proved unforgiving. Fog embraced the Strait of Juan de Fuca when the MV Diamond Knot, loaded with 75 percent of Alaska’s seasonal salmon catch and 100,000 gallons of fish oil, motored on toward Seattle. The fog got the best of the rudimentary navigation tools, and early that morning the Fenn Victory collided with the Diamond Knot, damaging the Diamond Knot enough to cause its sinking in 135 feet of water just off Port Angeles.

“This brew is a great way for us to take a moment to remember the efforts that went into the salvage of the day,” said Sherry Jennings, DK’s chief storyteller. “It’s also a simply fantastic beer. It’s beautiful to look at and the taste is memorable.

Fog Bank Fall Ale hits store shelves in 22-oz. bottles the first week in August and is on tap Aug. 1 at all three Diamond Knot locations – the Brewery & Alehouse and Production Brewery & Taproom, both in Mukilteo; and the Brewpub @ MLT in Mountlake Terrace, as well as your favorite beer-enjoying locations through Washington and Idaho. The Fog Bank season wraps up, just as the 1947 salvage operation did, at the end of October. By then, the reddish amber color will easily reflect the change in foliage and the bursting of maple reds. Just as crisp as those autumn mornings, the Fog Bank Fall Ale has a bright, crisp flavor with a full malty finish. With a mild 5.8% ABV, this seasonal is sessionable and the perfect transition from our summer Blonde Ale to our darker winter brews.


Founded in 1994, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing is a privately held company and Snohomish County’s oldest continuously-operating, independently-owned brewery. Handcrafted Diamond Knot ales can be found in 12 states, British Columbia and Japan, both in bottles and on draft. Additionally, Diamond Knot operates three production breweries and two full-service restaurants in Washington; the Brewery & Alehouse in Mukilteo and the Brewpub @ MLT in Mountlake Terrace. Diamond Knot prides itself in providing exceptional craft beer, food and lively experiences, as well as being charitable members of the communities in which it operates.

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Press Release <![CDATA[Appalachian Mountain Brewery Medals at US Open Beer Championship]]> 2015-07-28T19:58:31Z 2015-07-28T19:58:31Z

BOONE, NC – Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Inc. (“AMB”) (OTC: HOPS) is proud to announce that it brought home three coveted medals, including one gold, from the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, held earlier this month in Ohio. This year, breweries from 13 countries competed, and nearly 4,000 beers and ciders were entered across 90 different categories. The competition is recognized as the only brewery competition to include both professional breweries and award-winning home brewers, resulting in a wide range of innovative styles and flavors.

AMB’s Blonde Ale won the gold medal in the Blonde/Golden Ale Category, and its Porter won the bronze medal in the Robust Porter category. Additionally, AMB received a silver medal in the “Anything Goes” Specialty Cider category for its Cinful Plum Cider. The Boone NC brewery also earned special recognition by the cider judges for its creativity and imagination.

“We’re incredibly proud to bring three more medals back home to Boone,” said AMB Brewmaster Nathan Kelischek. “We’re deeply grateful to the local High Country community for helping us get to where we are today, and creating great-tasting brews that continue to win awards is just one way we get to show our appreciation for their amazing support.”

About the Award-Winning Beers

An ode to the American Blonde, AMB’s light-bodied Blonde Ale is a beer for all seasons, brewed with orange zest to add additional citrus notes to complement the light hop aroma. The clean and crisp mouthfeel is followed by a hint of sweetness from local North Carolina wildflower honey. ABV: 4.9%, IBUs: 19.

Like Daniel Boone, AMB’s flagship Porter is a legend in the High Country, overflowing with dark aromas and a creamy, persistent, tan head. A perfect balance between traditional English hops and the complex malt flavors, with a smooth balance between chocolate and coffee. ABV: 6%, IBUs: 23.

About the Award-Winning Cider

When you first set eyes on the Cinful Plum, you’ll notice its rosé, plum-blush hue followed by the alluring aroma of cinnamon. Dive into this semi-dry cider, and you’ll enjoy a delicate blend of fruity plum and apple notes with a warm caress of cinnamon in the finish.

About the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Breweries from China to the Czech Republic sent in close to 4,000 beers and ciders representing 90 different styles for the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship. This year, more than 20 international breweries from Australia, China, Czech Republic, Venezuela, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Scotland and England competed. Judges from the U.S., Canada and England announced the winners July 4, 2015.

About Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Inc.


Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), located at 3,333 feet elevation atop the Appalachian Mountain Range in Boone, NC, is Boone’s craft beer pioneer. The brewery creates delicious, award-winning beers and ciders, with a business model focused on community, sustainability and philanthropy. Appalachian Mountain Brewery is deeply involved in the local High Country community and committed to developing the area into a more verdant, healthy and exciting place to live and visit through unique programs like the Appalachian Water Project, Pints for Non-Profits, and Appalachian State University’s Fermentation Sciences program. AMB’s innovative beers and ciders have been recognized at top local and national beer competitions, including the U.S. Open Beer Championships where AMB brought home multiple medals from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 competitions.

For more information on Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s beers, ciders and business, visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Mission Brewery Takes Home Gold at US Open Beer Championship]]> 2015-07-28T19:57:13Z 2015-07-28T19:57:13Z

Oxford, OH — Mission Brewery of San Diego is the proud recipient of two gold medals at the 2015 US Open Beer Championship. Over 4,000 beers were entered into the 2015 competition, and the gold medal for Hard Root Beer marks the first award for Mission Brewery’s hottest addition. Mission Brewery’s Hard Root Beer debuted this spring to overwhelming positive feedback as one of the only craft hard root beers on the market. Mission Brewery recently added more tanks to their San Diego facility in order to accommodate the demand for this new fan favorite.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the response our craft hard root beer has received in the market,” Mission Brewery owner Dan Selis said. “We expect it to continue growing in popularity.”

Creamy, smooth, and sweet but not cloying, Mission’s Hard Root Beer has traditional root beer notes of sarsaparilla and vanilla. It is available in 12oz bottles in California, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Arizona, Virginia, Hawaii, and Texas. The Hard Root Beer is also coming soon to Pennsylvania, Colorado, and North Carolina.

Equally impressive is the gold medal for Mission Brewery’s self-described “dark horse” label, the Carrack Imperial Red Ale.

Carrack has been our ‘underdog’ style out in the market. It has always been one of our tasting room’s top sellers and this award is a testament to its incredible flavor profile,” Selis said.

Sharing many characteristics with that of our double IPA, “Shipwrecked,” John Egan, Mission Brewery’s Head Brewer, describes Carrack as “a complex, perfectly balanced, heavy-hitting hop bomb that cleverly disguises the 10.2% alcohol by volume with a malty brown sugar profile that is characteristic of the Red Imperial Ale”

Carrack is available in 12oz, 22oz, and draft formats in California, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Pennsylvania and Hawaii.

About Mission Brewery:

Mission Brewery, first established in 1913, was re-established by Dan Selis in 2007. Mission Brewery’s tasting room is located in the historic Wonder Bread building in Downtown San Diego. Mission has been commercially brewing for over 8 years and is the proud recipient of over 30 National and International Awards.

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Dogfish Head Hires New VP of Sales]]> 2015-07-28T19:53:38Z 2015-07-28T19:53:38Z

It took more than eight months, but Dogfish Head has finally found its new vice president of sales.

The company today announced that Todd Bollig, who most recently spent 16 years with Constellation Brands, will fill the long-vacant position left behind by Adam Lambert, who departed the company last November to pursue a new opportunity with New Holland Brewing.

“Good things come to those who wait,” Dogfish founder Sam Calagione said in a press statement. “The Dogfish leadership team has interviewed and met with dozens of talented and experienced beer leaders over the last eight months. In time, it became clear that Todd’s experience, selling philosophy, understanding of our off-centered brand and ability to impress our off-centered co-workers made him the right person for our VP of Sales position.”

Bollig previously served as the VP of Sales Operations for Constellation and also held numerous sales management roles. In describing his motivation to join Dogfish Head, Bollig said company ownership, brands and culture were the most important considerations.

“Very few companies are strong in all three, and even fewer still are strong in all three yet have an incredible amount of opportunity in front of them,” he said in the release. “As I researched Dogfish, talked to people across the industry and eventually spent time with the Dogfish team, I saw a company that truly had great ownership, incredibly well-differentiated beers and a culture that I wanted to be a part of. I am excited to be part of this team and to help find ways to maximize sales in the future.”

In his new role, Bollig will be tasked with “bringing sales leadership and focus” to Dogfish distributors and retail customers, the company said.

Dogfish Head, the country’s 13th largest craft brewery, grew 13 percent in 2014 and produced 227,986 barrels.

David Eisenberg <![CDATA[Great Divide to Open Brewery in Emerging Denver Neighborhood]]> 2015-07-28T19:50:58Z 2015-07-28T19:50:58Z

Yet another established craft brewery is setting up shop in Denver’s flourishing River North neighborhood.

This time, it’s Great Divide, which is scheduled to officially open its ‘Barrel Bar,’ a 30 to 40-person taproom with patio space for a 100 more along the South Platte River, on July 31. But that’s just the start of the project.

Located across from The Source, a culinary complex and marketplace that already plays host to Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and will soon accommodate New Belgium, The Barrel Bar is merely the first part of a larger, multi-phase expansion project Great Divide is undertaking in the 65,000 sq. ft. building it plans to occupy.

Still to come in phase one along with The Barrel Bar, Great Divide is building out a new packaging facility and canning line, and creating warehouse space and room to store 1,500 barrels between two dedicated aging and souring rooms.

The second phase, which is slated to start in early 2016, will see the company build out a new brewery, a larger taproom, a beer garden and restaurant, as it finds itself faced with capacity constraints at its original location.

“When it came to find a space to expand our brewery, leaving Denver was never an option,” said Brian Dunn, Great Divide’s founder and president, in a press statement. “It wasn’t easy, but we are so happy to have found a place a mile down the road where we can continue to grow for the next 21 years.”

Denver, and the River North district specifically, has been a hotbed of beer related development in recent months. Last week, New Belgium announced it would open a 10-barrel pilot brewery at the soon-to-be built Source Hotel (which will neighbor the abovementioned Source marketplace). And in April, Blue Moon, the flagship brand of MillerCoors’ craft division, also announced plans to build its own 10,000-barrel brewery in the neighborhood.

Press Release <![CDATA[Anchor Releases California Craft Pack]]> 2015-07-28T17:49:11Z 2015-07-28T17:49:11Z

San Francisco, CA – Today, Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of the California Craft-Pack, a unique mixed 6-pack featuring two cans each of Anchor California Lager®, Liberty Ale®, and Anchor IPA™.

Designed for beer fans to sample three legendary brews from America’s first craft brewery, the California Craft-Pack brings Anchor favorites together in one convenient offering, including a commemorative can of Liberty Ale, available for a limited time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the beer.

The California Craft-Pack is the first mixed pack of cans from the iconic San Francisco brewery. In August 2013, Anchor Brewing launched a limited release of Anchor Craft Originals; a mixed 12-pack featuring a variety of bottled brews including Anchor Steam® Beer, Anchor Porter®, Liberty Ale®, and Original Wheat™. For the first time in nearly 120 years of operation, Anchor began canning beer in 2014 starting with Anchor California Lager. Due to popular demand, additional Anchor beers including Anchor IPA and Anchor Summer Wheat have hit shelves in cans. Now, beer fans will get to enjoy some of their favorite Anchor cans in one 6-pack, released in time to accompany summer’s outdoor adventures.

“The success of our canned beers over the last year has been tremendous,” said Anchor Brewing CEO and President Keith Greggor. “We’re thrilled to now offer some of our most beloved beers in the California Craft-Pack, which is a nod to our brewing roots that date back to the California Gold Rush. The variety pack is perfect for easy summertime entertaining or a convenient sampling among friends. Whether you’re an IPA lover, a lager lover, or somewhere in between, the Craft-Pack has a beer for everyone — assuming sharing is an option!”

The California Craft-Pack will be available nationwide starting in July at select retailers and at Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. Find a pack near you using the Anchor Beer Finder.

Learn more about the California Craft-Pack by visiting

About Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Brewing Company’s roots date back to the California Gold Rush making it one of America’s oldest breweries. Its Anchor Steam® Beer is San Francisco’s original since 1896. In 1965, Fritz Maytag acquired and revived the struggling brewery at a time when mass production of beer dominated and seemed unstoppable. Maytag started a revolution in beer that originated today’s craft beer movement. An undisputed icon, Anchor is America’s first craft brewery where beers are handmade in our traditional copper brewhouse from an all-malt mash. At Anchor, we practice the time-honored art of classical brewing, employing state-of-the-art methods to ensure that our beers are always pure and fresh. We know of no brewery in the world that matches our efforts to combine traditional, natural brewing with such carefully applied, modern methods of sanitation, finishing, packaging and transporting. See what we are brewing today at