Craft Beer News, Events & Jobs

U.S. Hop Production Eclipses 87 Million Pounds in 2016

U.S. Hop Production Eclipses 87 Million Pounds in 2016

As many craft brewers continued a shift toward brewing with more aroma hops in 2016, the average hop yield per acre declined even as total U.S. hop production hit a five-year high, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2016, farmers reported 87.1 million pounds of hops harvested, an 8.3 million pound increase over last year.

Distribution Roundup: Dogfish Head Adding 5 States; Odell Hitting Illinois

Distribution Roundup: Dogfish Head Adding 5 States; Odell Hitting Illinois

Dogfish Head today announced that it would expand distribution into five new states next year, noting that additional market expansions could also be on tap in 2017. The Delaware-based craft brewery said it would add New Mexico, Minnesota, Missouri, Alabama and West Virginia to its distribution footprint next year.

Boulevard Hires New Vice President of Marketing

Boulevard Hires New Vice President of Marketing

Boulevard Brewing Company has hired former Zevia Zero Calorie Soda executive Natalie Gershon as the Kansas City brewery’s new vice president of marketing.

Pabst to up Marketing, Distribution with Investment in New Holland

Pabst to up Marketing, Distribution with Investment in New Holland

Pabst Brewing Company has inked its first official U.S. craft partnership, announcing plans today to invest in the marketing, sales and distribution of products from New Holland Brewing. Specific financial terms of deal, which was signed this morning and is slated to begin during the first quarter of next year, were not disclosed.

Ska Brewing Hires Former Stone Sales Director

Ska Brewing Hires Former Stone Sales Director

Ska Brewing yesterday announced that Jason Armstrong, the former national sales director for Stone Brewing, would join the Colorado-headquartered craft brewery as a sales representative in Texas.

Schlafly Beer Co-Founder to Depart at Year’s End

Schlafly Beer Co-Founder to Depart at Year’s End

Schlafly Beer co-founder Dan Kopman will depart the company after 25 years. In an email to Brewbound, Kopman said the decision to leave the brewery was part of previously agreed upon timeline with Sage Capital, the St. Louis-based private equity firm that acquired a majority stake in the company in 2012.

Tapping Trends: BeerBoard Ranks Top Poured Beers in November

Tapping Trends: BeerBoard Ranks Top Poured Beers in November

Beer taps hold the secret to what’s trending, according to BeerBoard, the company behind the digital beer menu displays at places like Buffalo Wild Wings and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. In a press release issued Tuesday, the Syracuse, New York-based company announced the launch of BeerBoard 1000, a monthly index that ranks top-selling beers across the country.

Massachusetts Retailer Pledges to Ban Beer It Deems ‘Unfit for Consumption’

Massachusetts Retailer Pledges to Ban Beer It Deems ‘Unfit for Consumption’

In an effort to establish itself as the country’s top beer curator, Craft Beer Cellar, a popular Massachusetts-based retail franchise, plans to alter how it purchases beer in 2017 by implementing a list of required and banned products from its stores. In a December 1 memo sent to franchisees and obtained by Brewbound, Craft Beer Cellar founders Kate Baker and Suzanne Schalow outlined changes they say will enable store owners to be viewed as “industry leading” retail operators and not just resellers of beer.