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Constellation Brands Closing 2 Ballast Point Locations, Abandoning Plans for San Francisco Brewpub

Constellation Brands Closing 2 Ballast Point Locations, Abandoning Plans for San Francisco Brewpub

Constellation Brands will shutter two Ballast Point Brewing facilities in Southern California, and back out of a plan to open a brewpub in San Francisco, Brewbound has learned. A spokeswoman with the New York-based beer, wine, and spirits company today confirmed the closure of Ballast Point Brewing’s 80,000 sq. ft. “Trade Street” sour beer and barrel-aging facility, which opened in San Diego in late 2017, as well as its Temecula, Calif.-based brewpub, which opened in 2016.

To Attract Health-Conscious Consumers, Brewers Focus on Functional Ingredients

To Attract Health-Conscious Consumers, Brewers Focus on Functional Ingredients

Bee Pollen. Quinoa. Pink Himalayan sea salt. You wouldn’t ordinarily expect to find these ingredients listed on a beer label, but increasingly brewing companies are pushing more “functional” offerings as they look to appeal to consumers seeking healthier alcohol options. It’s a new approach for a growing number of craft breweries, who for years have churned out calorie-dense, barrel-aged stouts, and high-octane IPAs.

To Stand Out on Shelf, Beer Companies Introduce Augmented Reality Labels

To Stand Out on Shelf, Beer Companies Introduce Augmented Reality Labels

In a crowded beer marketplace, a quality product, vivid packaging or an active social media presence often are not enough for a company to capture consumers’ attention. Now more than ever, both established companies and early-stage craft breweries are turning to new technology to help them cut through the noise.

Cannabiniers Adds Former Ballast Point President Marty Birkel to Board

Cannabiniers Adds Former Ballast Point President Marty Birkel to Board

Former Constellation Brands executive Marty Birkel has joined the board of directors at Cannabiniers, the cannabis company behind the Two Roots line of THC- and CBD-infused non-alcoholic craft beers. Birkel, who officially departed Constellation earlier this year, had most recently served as the president of the company’s craft and specialty division.

CBC: Slowing Growth in 2018 was ‘Not a Blip’

CBC: Slowing Growth in 2018 was ‘Not a Blip’

Slower growth and increased competition are the “new normal,” Brewers Association (BA) leaders hammered home on the second day of the trade group’s annual Craft Brewers Conference (CBC). “This is not a blip,” BA chief economist Bart Watson said during Wednesday’s State of the Industry presentation. “This is the new normal.”

CBC: Brewers Association Solicits Support for Political Action Committee

CBC: Brewers Association Solicits Support for Political Action Committee

Leaders with the Brewers Association (BA) opened Tuesday’s opening session of the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver by soliciting donations for its new political action committee (PAC). Their goal? To make permanent the excise tax cuts in the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), which are slated to expire at the end of the year.

8 Must-See 2019 Craft Brewers Conference Seminars

8 Must-See 2019 Craft Brewers Conference Seminars

The Brewers Association’s (BA) biggest event of the year, the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & BrewExpo America, officially kicks off Tuesday in Denver. With more than 70 educational seminars and tons of networking opportunities (and parties), CBC can be daunting. To help attendees plan their schedules effectively, Brewbound has picked eight seminars that shouldn’t be skipped.

Brewbound Live Returns to Santa Monica in December

Brewbound Live Returns to Santa Monica in December

Brewbound, a leading trade publication covering the beer industry, today announced the return of its two-day business conference for professionals in the beer, cider, hard kombucha, and flavored malt beverage industries. Called Brewbound Live, the event takes place on December 4 and 5 at Le Méridien Delfina in Santa Monica, California.

Stone Brewing Unloads Berlin Brewery to BrewDog

Stone Brewing Unloads Berlin Brewery to BrewDog

Stone Brewing’s lofty $30 million Germany brewery experiment — aimed at converting Reinheitsgebot-abiding German drinkers into American craft beer lovers — has come to an end only a few years after it began. The San Diego-headquartered company, ranked by the Brewers Association as the ninth largest craft beer producer in the U.S., today announced the sale of its Berlin brewing facility to Scotland’s BrewDog.

Proposed RNDC, Breakthru Beverage Merger Terminated Following ‘Protracted’ FTC Review

Proposed RNDC, Breakthru Beverage Merger Terminated Following ‘Protracted’ FTC Review

A blockbuster merger between two alcohol-distributing giants that was 16 months in the making has been terminated. Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) and Breakthru Beverage Group — the second and third largest wine and spirits wholesalers in the U.S. – today announced the cancellation of an intended merger first announced in 2017 to create a multi-state wholesale operation.