La Colombe Coffee Roasters has teamed with MillerCoors on a new low-alcohol, cold-brew coffee line that will be tested in select U.S. cities later this month. The Philadelphia-based coffee roaster and retailer announced yesterday the launch of La Colombe Hard Cold Brew Coffee, a 4.2% ABV beverage that will be available in a limited run of 9 oz cans in Boston, Massachusetts; Tampa, Ft. Meyers and Treasure Coast, Florida; and Denver, Colorado.
Hard seltzer — it’s everywhere — along with a surge of other FMBs. Have you explored expanding your portfolio with beyond beer offerings? Or are you considering it? What opportunities are there outside of traditional beer, and what do consumers actually want to drink? Nielsen is going to dive into the data to see how these emerging segments are developing and how they impact the beer industry.
Hazy IPAs continue to grow in popularity, and while many people focus on the hops, finding the right yeast strain is a crucial component as well. Learn from the experts at White Labs what you should keep in mind when it comes to choosing the perfect strain for your next hazy beer.
Dogfish Head, Maui Brewing, CANarchy and Odell Brewing will join Brewbound Editor Justin Kendall on stage at the final Brew Talks industry meetup of the year. Held on Oct. 4 during GABF in Denver, the event will bring together industry professionals for three hours of in-depth discussions and networking. Topics include Dogfish Head’s recent merger with Boston Beer, as well as a panel exploring beyond beer portfolio strategies. Registration is just $29 for breweries, distributors, retailers and trade groups.
In the spirit of partnership, we’re hosting a webinar for service and supplier companies. We understand that you have different objectives and priorities than a brand, so we’ve created the “Brewbound Inside Track” to give you advice on how to gain awareness in the industry and optimize your experience at events.
Constellation Brands is closing another Ballast Point taproom. The New York-headquartered beer, wine and spirits giant plans to close the taproom and restaurant at its Daleville, Virginia, production facility by the end of September, according to the Roanoke Times. Constellation will also cut 25 full- and part-time workers, as well as 16 temporary employees, the outlet reported.
Fast-growing Massachusetts craft beer maker Wormtown Brewery has named Freetail Brewing founder Scott Metzger as its next general manager. The Worcester-based craft brewery informed its wholesalers of Metzger’s hire on Tuesday. Metzger will officially assume the role on September 25.
Deschutes Brewery is looking beyond beer and outside of its own brand for its big innovation of 2020. The Bend, Oregon-headquartered craft brewery today unveiled Modified Theory, a line of flavored malt beverages, during its annual distributor summit.
Lighthouse Strategies’ long-rumored Great Lakes craft brewery acquisition finally became reality today. The maker of the Cannabiniers and Two Roots lines of cannabis-infused, non-alcoholic and alcoholic craft beers, announced today that it has reached a deal for Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Rochester Mills Production Brewery.
Three years after acquiring Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing Company, French agri-business cooperative Agrial Group is suing the beer and cider maker’s founder, Joel VandenBrink, for breach of contract and fiduciary duties for allegedly falsifying sales to increase a payout by $6.8 million. The Seattle Times first reported the story on Friday.
In this week’s Last Call: Patagonia’s Trademark Lawsuit Against A-B Continues; Narragansett to Open Rhode Island Brewery; NBWA’s Beer Purchaser’s Index Expands in August; Anheuser-Busch Donates Canned Water to Hurricane Dorian Relief Effort
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Sycamore Brewing is diversifying its portfolio again with the launch of Beach Shack Coffee. Sycamore, which also makes the Wild Blossom cider brand, has begun selling canned and kegged cold brew, and also plans to offer fresh-roasted beans, said Sycamore Brewing VP of sales Archie Gleason. Sycamore — which was founded by husband-and-wife Justin and Sarah Brigham in 2013 — sees whitespace in the local Charlotte market for craft beer drinkers who like artisan coffee, Gleason said.
Rearrange the blocks, or sell them? That’s the question that Craft Brew Alliance CEO Andy Thomas seemed to be working through in a rare off-cycle conference call with investors and analysts today after his company’s largest playmate, Anheuser-Busch InBev, declined its long-held option to purchase the Portland, Oregon-headquartered craft beer maker.
Anheuser-Busch InBev has until March 2, 2020, to sell through Bud Light packaging that contains language and an icon indicating that the top-selling beer in the U.S. contains “no corn syrup,” a federal judge ordered today. Wednesday’s order is the latest development in the deceptive advertising lawsuit filed in March by MillerCoors against the world’s largest beer manufacturer.
Following last week’s news that Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel had agreed to acquire a controlling stake in Michigan’s Founders Brewing Company, co-founder Mike Stevens told Brewbound that his goal of building “America’s next great brewery” remains unchanged. In fact, Stevens said Mahou’s investment brings that goal closer to reality.
The awkwardness between Craft Brew Alliance and Anheuser-Busch InBev didn’t end last Friday when the world’s largest beer manufacturer passed on making a qualifying offer to purchase the company. CBA CEO Andy Thomas told Brewbound that the awkwardness has shifted from a will-they, won’t-they-get-married scenario, to one in which the question is if the two companies still want to live together now that they’re no longer engaged.
Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel has reached a deal to acquire a majority stake in Michigan’s Founders Brewing Co., according to a report by MiBiz.com. Mahou already owned 30% of the fast-growing Grand Rapids-based craft brewery following a 2014 transaction valued at more than $96 million. The company will now hold 90% of Founders following the latest deal, which is expected to close in January.