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IRI: Craft Sales Up 22 Percent Over Last Four Weeks

IRI: Craft Sales Up 22 Percent Over Last Four Weeks

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 IRI’s multi-outlet and convenience store (MULC) universe (which includes grocery, drug, Wal-Mart, club, dollar, mass-merchandiser and military stores).

Deschutes Promotes Former Tour Guide to Brewmaster

Deschutes Promotes Former Tour Guide to Brewmaster

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.

Perrin Brewing Installs New Canning Line

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.

Calagione: A-B Kicked the Tires

Calagione: A-B Kicked the Tires

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.

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Founder Plans to Sell Stake, Retire

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Founder Plans to Sell Stake, Retire

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.

Jester King Releases Bière de Syrah

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.