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IRI Worldwide: US Beer Sales Exceed $34 Billion in 2017

IRI Worldwide: US Beer Sales Exceed $34 Billion in 2017

U.S. beer volume sales were roughly flat in 2017, according to retail data provider IRI Worldwide. The market research firm, which tracks category-wide sales trends at off-premise retailers, reported that total U.S. beer dollar sales topped $34 billion in the firm’s multi-outlet and convenience (MULC) universe of stores (grocery, drug, club, dollar, mass-merchandiser and military).

Boston Beer Taps Former Seattle Cider President as New Angry Orchard Brand Strategist

Boston Beer Taps Former Seattle Cider President as New Angry Orchard Brand Strategist

Boston Beer Company has named Caitlin Braam, who departed Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing as president last August, as a “brand strategist” for its Angry Orchard Hard Cider line. “Cider is my passion and this is an incredible opportunity for me to help grow awareness of the cider industry overall, as well as have a bigger impact within the cider community,” Braam told Brewbound.

Red Brick Reworks Portfolio, Sharpens On-Premise Focus

Red Brick Reworks Portfolio, Sharpens On-Premise Focus

Twenty-five years after Greg Kelly started Red Brick Brewing Company — then known as Atlanta Brewing Company — the company is looking re-establish its position in metro Atlanta by revamping its portfolio to include new core products and more taproom exclusive beers.

Funky Buddha to Brew, Can at Ballast Point

Funky Buddha to Brew, Can at Ballast Point

Just five months after selling to Constellation Brands, Funky Buddha Brewery is seeing the benefits of its new partnership. The South Florida craft brewery will take advantage of brewing and canning capacity at Ballast Point, another Constellation-owned company, and launch its product in cans for the first time.

Brown Distributing to Shed Craft Brands in Western Florida

Brown Distributing to Shed Craft Brands in Western Florida

Brown Distributing, a Florida-based beer wholesaler that sells a variety of domestic, imported and craft beers throughout the state, will sell certain parts of its distribution business in western Florida, Brewbound has learned. The company, which lists beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic products from about 75 suppliers on its website, began informing craft brewery owners throughout the country of its decision to reassign the distribution rights to some brands on Tuesday night.

With New Hire, Scofflaw Brewing Trades Equity for Experience

With New Hire, Scofflaw Brewing Trades Equity for Experience

Beer industry veteran Chris McJunkin, who most recently served as the chief revenue officer for BrewDog USA, will take an equity position in Atlanta’s Scofflaw Brewing when he officially joins the company at the end of the first quarter.

Dogfish Head Names New President and COO

Dogfish Head Names New President and COO

After a year-long search, Dogfish Head has hired marketing veteran George Pastrana as the brewery’s new president and COO.

California Beer Industry Reacts to Start of Recreational Cannabis Sales

California Beer Industry Reacts to Start of Recreational Cannabis Sales

Three days after sales of recreational cannabis began in California, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo calling for a stricter enforcement of federal marijuana laws and, in the process, rescinded Obama-era Department of Justice protections for legal cannabis that was included in the 2013 Cole Memorandum. Brewbound polled beer industry professionals from all three tiers, and most suggested that legalized recreational marijuana would have little impact on beer sales.

Following Departure from First Beverage, JB Shireman Joins Arlington Capital

Following Departure from First Beverage, JB Shireman Joins Arlington Capital

Former First Beverage Group director JB Shireman has joined Arlington Capital, the Alabama-based investment bank announced today. Shireman, who departed First Beverage at the end of 2017, will serve as a director with Arlington and “further bolster” the firm’s craft beverage advisory business, a press release noted.