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Craft Beer, Imports Drive Beer Category Growth in 2016

Craft Beer, Imports Drive Beer Category Growth in 2016

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.

Switchback Sold: Vermont Brewery Entrepreneurs Turn Company Over to Employees

Switchback Sold: Vermont Brewery Entrepreneurs Turn Company Over to Employees

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.

Rhinegeist Brewery Grows 80 Percent in 2016

Rhinegeist Brewery Grows 80 Percent in 2016

Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist Brewery continued its impressive growth in 2016, increasing production more than 80 percent, to 56,500 barrels. In a recent year-in-review, shared with Brewbound, co-founder Bryant Goulding said his company released 96 different offerings last year, including 24 pale ales and 17 IPAs.

Laura Bell Promoted to CEO of Bell’s Brewery

Laura Bell Promoted to CEO of Bell’s Brewery

Bell’s Brewery announced Friday that co-owner Laura Bell would take over as the company’s CEO. Laura Bell, who most recently served as the brewery’s vice president, will oversee the brewery’s operations and planning for Bell’s Brewery and its sister operation, Upper Hand Brewery, according to a press release.

Brewbound Session Returns to NYC on June 15

Brewbound Session Returns to NYC on June 15

The Brewbound Session is headed back to the Big Apple. Brewbound’s next full-day business conference will take place on Thursday, June 15 at Metropolitan West, located at 639 W. 46th St in New York City.

Martin Roper to Retire as CEO of Boston Beer Company in 2018

Martin Roper to Retire as CEO of Boston Beer Company in 2018

Boston Beer Company, the country’s second-largest craft brewery according to trade group the Brewers Association, today announced that CEO Martin Roper would retire in 2018. Roper, who has led the company since 2001, said in a press release that he informed the company’s board of directors of his plans to step down “a year in advance” to give the Boston Beer ample time to name a successor and to “assure a very smooth transition.”

Lawson’s Finest Liquids Expands Distribution Throughout the Northeast

Lawson’s Finest Liquids Expands Distribution Throughout the Northeast

Revered craft brewery Lawson’s Finest Liquids this week announced plans to expand its presence in the Northeast, with the addition of new markets in Massachusetts, Connecticut and its home state of Vermont. The company has signed with Atlantic Beverage Distributors (formerly Atlantic Importing) for new distribution throughout Massachusetts.

CBA Chief Challenges Future of Beer at Industry Summit

CBA Chief Challenges Future of Beer at Industry Summit

Is the beer business headed for a “Trump moment?” That’s the question Craft Brew Alliance CEO Andy Thomas posed this week to a room of beer industry professionals attending the annual Beer Business Daily Summit in San Diego.