Craft Beer News, Events & Jobs

Heineken USA Agrees to Pay $1.25 Million Fine to Settle New York Trade Practice Violations

Heineken USA Agrees to Pay $1.25 Million Fine to Settle New York Trade Practice Violations

The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) on Wednesday finalized a $1.25 million settlement agreement with Heineken USA (HUSA) for 42 alleged violations of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) law. The New York fine comes three months after HUSA agreed to pay the largest offer in compromise ever — $2.5 million — to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for alleged trade practice violations related to its proprietary “BrewLock” draft systems.

Brewbound Live: Gain Access to the Discounted Room Block

Brewbound Live: Gain Access to the Discounted Room Block

Brewbound Live returns to Santa Monica this December for two days of networking and top-level beer business discussions. Topics will range from taproom expansion strategy to the rise of FMBs, cannabis and more. The industry event takes place on Dec 4+5 at the Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica hotel. Discounted rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis. Register today to lock in the lowest rates.

Nielsen: Total Beer Dollar Sales Up 5 Percent During July 4 Holiday Week

Nielsen: Total Beer Dollar Sales Up 5 Percent During July 4 Holiday Week

The critical summer selling season is underway, and total beer, cider and FMB sales are off to a strong start. According to market research firm Nielsen, dollar sales of beer/cider/FMBs grew 4.9 percent in off-premise retailers during the Fourth of July holiday week (ending July 6) compared to the same timeframe last year. Hard seltzer was largely responsible for driving the nearly 5 percent growth this Independence Day, accelerating sales 147 percent, Nielsen reported.

Amid ‘Chaos’ in Craft, No-Li Brewhouse Leans on Innovation and Local Markets

Amid ‘Chaos’ in Craft, No-Li Brewhouse Leans on Innovation and Local Markets

John Bryant, the founder of Spokane, Washington’s No-Li Brewhouse, doesn’t mince words when describing the state of the beer industry in 2019. “It’s chaos,” he told Brewbound during a recent interview. The beer industry veteran — whose three-decades-long career includes stints at Deschutes Brewery, Odell Brewing and Oskar Blues — is, of course, referring to the 7,500-plus craft breweries fighting for distributor, retailer and consumer mindshare.

Cannabis Forum 2019: The Evolution of Demand for Infused Products

Cannabis Forum 2019: The Evolution of Demand for Infused Products

The global cannabis market today — both legal and illicit — stands at $344 billion, according to New Frontier Data. With only an estimated 263 million users worldwide, the segment is poised for tremendous growth as regulatory barriers break down and consumers become more interested in the space.

Massachusetts’ Franchise Reform Debate Resumes

Massachusetts’ Franchise Reform Debate Resumes

The nearly decade-long debate over Massachusetts’ controversial franchise laws resumed Monday, as the state’s craft brewers and beer wholesalers packed a meeting of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Brewers and wholesalers remain divided on how to reform strict franchise laws, which brewers claim lock their businesses into nearly unbreakable relationships with wholesalers. Each side presented revised proposals, which they argued would benefit each other.

Molson Coors Acquires London’s Hop Stuff Brewery

Molson Coors Acquires London’s Hop Stuff Brewery

Molson Coors has acquired financially troubled London craft brewery Hop Stuff. In a blog post, Hop Stuff founder James Yeomans said the company had been facing “financial difficulties in the recent months” that forced it to enter “administration,” a process similar to bankruptcy in the U.S., on July 12.

Lagunitas Brewing Company Names New CMO

Lagunitas Brewing Company Names New CMO

Lagunitas Brewing Company has named Kelly Murnaghan, the former vice president of marketing at Vans, as its new chief marketing officer. The Heineken-owned craft brewery announced Murnaghan’s hiring on Thursday afternoon. Murnaghan, who started earlier this week, will join the Petaluma, California-based craft brewery’s leadership team and report directly to CEO Maria Stipp.

Kräftig Beer Maker Announces Plans to Close

Kräftig Beer Maker Announces Plans to Close

The William K. Busch Brewing Co. is “ceasing all operations” eight years after after launching the Reinheitsgebot-adhering Kräftig lager brand in St. Louis. William “Billy” Busch, the great grandson of Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch, and son of Adolphus A. “Gussie” Busch Jr., founded the Kräftig brand in 2011 with visions of going national. However, those dreams never came to fruition as sales began to decline in recent years.

Brewbound Podcast Episode 44: Julie Verratti Talks Expansion, Debt Management and Diversity & Inclusion in Brewing

Brewbound Podcast Episode 44: Julie Verratti Talks Expansion, Debt Management and Diversity & Inclusion in Brewing

In episode 44 of the Brewbound Podcast, Verratti discusses her experience opening a second brewing location, and explains why the company structured its debt around reasonable growth projections. She also dives into the topic of diversity and inclusion within the brewing industry and shares strategies for reaching a more diverse set of consumers.

Uinta Brewing Regroups After Private Equity Partner Exits

Uinta Brewing Regroups After Private Equity Partner Exits

The Riverside Company, a private equity firm with offices in New York City and Cleveland, has exited its investment in Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing Company. Reached by Brewbound, a spokesperson for the firm, which acquired a partial stake in 2014, declined to comment on its decision to back away from the investment.

Brewers Association Names New ‘Public Relations Agency of Record’

Brewers Association Names New ‘Public Relations Agency of Record’

The Brewers Association (BA) has severed ties with longtime New York-based PR firm The Rosen Group. The Colorado-headquartered not-for-profit trade association representing small and independent U.S. craft brewers today announced it has chosen Backbone Media as its new public relations agency of record. Backbone, based in Carbondale, Colorado, supplants The Rosen Group, which had served as the BA’s public relations firm for more than a decade.