Beer Industry News, Events & Jobs

Massachusetts Legislative Session Extended, Leaving Hope for Franchise Law Reform

Massachusetts Legislative Session Extended, Leaving Hope for Franchise Law Reform

The clock seemed to expire last week on Massachusetts craft brewers’ hopes of finally achieving franchise law reform. After finally reaching a compromise with wholesalers after a decade of contentious negotiations, the measure (S. 2841) unanimously passed the Senate but couldn’t get out of the House Ways and Means Committee before the expiration of the legislative session last Friday.

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Neil Witte Launches TapStar Draft Service Certification Program

Neil Witte Launches TapStar Draft Service Certification Program

Under normal circumstances, about 10% of all the beer consumed in the U.S. flows from kegs, through draft lines and into pitchers and glasses at bars, restaurants, brewery taprooms and other venues using a combination of physics and chemistry. Few people understand draft system wizardry better than Neil Witte, so who better than the Master Cicerone and draft expert to ascertain the quality of draft service at on-premise retailers?

Nielsen: Hard Seltzers Cross $100 Million Mark for 10th Consecutive Week

Nielsen: Hard Seltzers Cross $100 Million Mark for 10th Consecutive Week

In any other year, 10 consecutive weeks of billion dollar off-premise beer category sales would be eye-opening. Consider that in all of 2019, there was just one week — the week of the July 4 holiday — in which beer category off-premise dollar sales topped $1 billion. Now, it’s a footnote in weekly reports.

Coca-Cola to Launch Topo Chico Hard Seltzer in 2021

Coca-Cola to Launch Topo Chico Hard Seltzer in 2021

Coca-Cola is planning to use the Topo Chico brand as a platform to extend into the booming hard seltzer category, the company announced today. In a statement published on its website, Coca-Cola stated that it is “committed to exploring new products in dynamic beverage categories, including hard seltzer.”

Anheuser-Busch InBev Posts 17% Declines in Volume and Revenue in Q2 2020

Anheuser-Busch InBev Posts 17% Declines in Volume and Revenue in Q2 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic cut into Anheuser-Busch InBev’s worldwide volumes and revenue during the second quarter of 2020. The world’s largest beer maker reported that its total volume in Q2 declined 17.1% — as beer volume declined 17.2% and non-beer volume declined 15.5% — while revenue declined 17.7%.