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Last Call: Stone Names New COO; Wild Heaven Unveils a $5 Pale Ale

Last Call: Stone Names New COO; Wild Heaven Unveils a $5 Pale Ale

In this week’s edition of Last Call: Stone Brewing hires a new COO, Atlanta’s Wild Heaven Beer unveils a $5 pale ale at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Anheuser-Busch heir Adolphus A. Busch V launches a cannabis company and more.

Something from nothing: How the purity of glass can have a big impact on your beer.

Something from nothing: How the purity of glass can have a big impact on your beer.

The purity of glass is a benefit that is multifaceted. This article explores the many positives of glass packaging through the lens of purity, be it in the form of taste, texture, product safety, aesthetics or environmental impact. Learn why this 3,000-year-old packaging option is still the package of choice for today’s modern consumers.

Power Hour: Craft Growth Takes Hit From Wine and Spirits

Power Hour: Craft Growth Takes Hit From Wine and Spirits

Wine and spirits brands are cutting into the growth of the craft beer segment, according to Patrick Livingston, director of client insights for market research firm IRI. Livingston, who led yesterday’s Power Hour presentation hosted by the Brewers Association (BA), said craft beer dollar sales were up just 1.7 percent in IRI’s multi-outlet off-premise U.S. retail universe (excluding convenience stores) through July 8. Livingston added that craft has begun to plateau in off-premise channels, with volume sales leveling off since late March.

East Coast Breweries Brace for Hurricane Florence

East Coast Breweries Brace for Hurricane Florence

Several beer companies throughout North and South Carolina have temporarily halted operations in preparation for Hurricane Florence, which is set to make landfall over the next 24 hours, bringing with it wind gusts exceeding 74 mph and days of storm surges, flooding and double-digit rainfall. States of emergency have been declared in the Carolinas, and the governors in those states have urged more than 1 million residents of coastal towns to evacuate. Georgia, Virginia and Maryland have also issued emergency orders. Palmetto Brewing Co., which was acquired in late 2017 by Catawba Brewing Co., shut down on Wednesday, with its 20 employees being encouraged to evacuate the area.

Introducing The Brewbound Podcast

Introducing The Brewbound Podcast

Brewbound is excited to announce the launch of its namesake podcast series, which will feature interviews with the beer industry’s top founders and executives, as well as promising newcomers. New episodes of the Brewbound Podcast, which is co-hosted by Brewbound editors Chris Furnari and Justin Kendall, will be published every Thursday.

As Distressed Breweries Close, More Used Equipment Heads to Auction

As Distressed Breweries Close, More Used Equipment Heads to Auction

As the U.S. brewing industry inches closer to a record 7,000 craft beer companies in operation, hundreds of distressed breweries are expected to close in 2019 and many of those failed enterprises will turn to asset auctions as a way to pay off debt. Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson told Brewbound during a live-streamed interview at last week’s California Craft Brewers Association Summit that he anticipates as many as 300 brewery closures by the end of 2018. According to Watson, he expects the gap between openings and closings to shrink over time, and there could be as many as 500 closures in the next couple of years. The increasing number of brewery closures has also meant an uptick in business for auction houses.

Trillium to Open Farm Brewery in Connecticut

Trillium to Open Farm Brewery in Connecticut

Nearly two years after publicly declaring an interest in opening a farmhouse brewery in Connecticut, popular Massachusetts craft beer maker Trillium Brewing Company has purchased a farm in North Stonington, about two hours outside of Boston. In a blog post, JC and Esther Tetreault, the husband-and-wife team that co-founded Trillium in 2013, said they bought the farm in order to fulfill their dream of opening a farm brewery near where they were married in the pastoral region of Connecticut.

Breakthru Beverage to Invest $9.2 Million in Canadian Cannabis Producer

Breakthru Beverage to Invest $9.2 Million in Canadian Cannabis Producer

Yet another major U.S. alcohol company is getting into the cannabis sector. Breakthru Beverage, a multi-state wholesaler that was formed via the 2015 merger of Chicago-based Wirtz Beverage Group and New York’s Charmer Sunbelt Group, has agreed to invest $9.2 million in CannTrust, a Canadian marijuana maker.

News and Notes from the California Craft Beer Summit

News and Notes from the California Craft Beer Summit

Thousands of California beer industry professionals met in Sacramento last week for the California Craft Brewers Association annual three-day Craft Beer Summit, Expo and Beer Festival. As an official media partner of the event, Brewbound hosted 10 hours of live streamed interviews, and sat in on a variety of seminars during the show. Here’s what we learned.

7,000 Breweries to Operate in U.S. in 2018

7,000 Breweries to Operate in U.S. in 2018

A record 7,000 breweries will be in operation in the United States in 2018, Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson shared Thursday during the opening session of the California Craft Brewers Association’s Craft Beer Summit, Expo and Beer Festival in Sacramento. Watson called it a “virtual certainty” that the industry will reach that milestone this year, and more breweries are on the way with more than 9,000 active permits filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau at the midway point of 2018.

Simon Thorpe Steps Down as Pabst Brewing CEO

Simon Thorpe Steps Down as Pabst Brewing CEO

Pabst Brewing Company today announced a number of executive changes, including the departure of chief executive officer Simon Thorpe, whose time with the company lasted 21 months. In a press release, the company said Thorpe, along with chief operating officer Brian Bousely, had stepped down from their roles.

Growing at 30 Percent, Founders Expands Distribution to Colorado

Growing at 30 Percent, Founders Expands Distribution to Colorado

The continued growth of All Day IPA has Founders Brewing Company staring down nearly 600,000 barrels of beer in 2018, according to the brewery’s co-founder and CEO Mike Stevens. “We’re clipping along at around 30 percent growth,” Stevens told Brewbound. “I see next year about the same.”