Craft Beer News, Events & Jobs

Baxter Brewing Founder Luke Livingston to Retire; Jenn Lever Named President

Baxter Brewing Founder Luke Livingston to Retire; Jenn Lever Named President

Baxter Brewing founder Luke Livingston announced Monday that he will retire from the brewery, effective on September 13. Jenn Lever, Baxter’s current operations manager, will take over as president of the Lewiston, Maine-based craft brewery. Livingston, 34, who founded Baxter in 2010, said in his retirement announcement that it was “time to find my next adventure.”

Network with Industry Leaders & Explore Ways to Grow Your Brewery

Network with Industry Leaders & Explore Ways to Grow Your Brewery

Brewbound Live brings together professionals in the beer, cider, hard kombucha and FMB space for two days of forward-thinking discussions and networking focused on the evolving industry. Main stage presentations explore challenges facing brewery leaders, the latest retail and taproom data, and case studies on fast-growing brands. Meet with the industry this Dec. 4+5 in Santa Monica. Register early to gain access to the discounted hotel room block and save $200 per ticket.

Odell Brewing to Add Wine to Portfolio in 2020

Odell Brewing to Add Wine to Portfolio in 2020

Odell Brewing is getting into the winemaking business. The Fort Collins-headquartered craft brewery announced plans last week to open a wine cellar and tasting room on its campus next year. Odell director of marketing Alex Kayne declined to share how much money the company is investing in the project, which is slated to break ground later this year.

Boston Beer Launches Truly Hard Seltzer Ads Featuring Comedian Keegan-Michael Key

Boston Beer Launches Truly Hard Seltzer Ads Featuring Comedian Keegan-Michael Key

Boston Beer Company is asking consumers to ditch their old alcoholic beverages and drink what they “Truly want” — hard seltzer. The company, which makes the Truly Hard Seltzer brand, today unveiled five, 15-second commercials featuring comedian and actor Keegan-Michael Key that are part of a national advertising campaign for the 100-calorie, 5 percent ABV seltzer. Those ads began airing today across television and all digital channels.

CBA Execs Comment on Potential Sale to A-B, New Hard Seltzer Releases

CBA Execs Comment on Potential Sale to A-B, New Hard Seltzer Releases

Just 14 days remain before Anheuser-Busch InBev’s deadline to make a qualifying offer to buy the remaining stake of Craft Brew Alliance, or pay a $20 million fee. The prospect of a qualifying offer of around $328 million (at a minimum price of $24.50 per share) from A-B, which already owns about 31 percent of CBA, was one of the main focuses of Thursday’s second-quarter earnings call.

Last Call: Hops & Vines Sells to Ambiente Wine Parent Company

Last Call: Hops & Vines Sells to Ambiente Wine Parent Company

In this week’s Last Call: Hops & Vines Sells to Ambiente Wine Parent Company; Braxton’s VIVE Named Hard Seltzer of NFL’s Bengals; North Carolina Governor Signs Law to Allow Pets in Breweries; Anheuser-Busch Announces Post Malone Bud Light Cans and ‘Busch Latte’ Packaging

MillerCoors to take Saint Archer Gold National in 2020

MillerCoors to take Saint Archer Gold National in 2020

In the competition for active lifestyle consumers, MillerCoors believes its found an answer to Anheuser-Busch’s popular Michelob Ultra brand. The United States’ second-largest beer company announced today plans to begin nationally distributing Saint Archer Gold — its 95-calorie, 2.6 carb light lager — beginning January 1, 2020.

Diageo Acquires Majority Stake in Seedlip

Diageo Acquires Majority Stake in Seedlip

International spirits conglomerate Diageo announced today that it has acquired non-alcoholic distilled spirits maker Seedlip. The liquor company had been an investor in the brand through its venture capital arm, Distill Ventures.

Platform Co-Founder Discusses Reasons for Selling to Anheuser-Busch

Platform Co-Founder Discusses Reasons for Selling to Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch InBev is back in the craft beer M&A game. After a two-year hiatus following the May 2017 acquisition of Wicked Weed, the world’s largest beer manufacturer announced today the acquisition of Cleveland’s Platform Beer Co., a transaction that is expected to close in the third quarter.

Kona Carries CBA to 1 percent Depletion Growth in Q2

Kona Carries CBA to 1 percent Depletion Growth in Q2

Kona Brewing once again lifted Craft Brew Alliance’s (CBA) financial results. CBA shared its second-quarter financial results today, highlighted by portfolio-wide depletions (sales-to-retailers) growth of more than 1 percent, and shipment (sales-to-wholesalers) growth of 4.4 percent.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Acquires Platform Beer Co.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Acquires Platform Beer Co.

Anheuser-Busch InBev announced today the acquisition of fast-growing Ohio craft brewery Platform Beer Co. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. In a press release, A-B noted that Platform was “the fastest growing regional brewery in the United States in 2017.” According to data from the Brewers Association, the Cleveland craft brewery increased production from 6,500 barrels to 20,000 barrels that year.