Chris Furnari

Chris Furnari

Editor, Brewbound

Chris Furnari is the editor of Brewbound and focuses exclusively on the beer business. In addition to overseeing daily content, Furnari also plans and executes Brewbound's business networking events -- Brewbound Live and Brew Talks. He is a regular at industry gatherings and has been featured in mainstream media publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CNBC, USA Today, Mashable and Wired Magazine, among others.

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Valuing Itself at $264 Million, Modern Times Seeks $1 Million via Wefunder

Valuing Itself at $264 Million, Modern Times Seeks $1 Million via Wefunder

San Diego’s Modern Times has turned to crowdfunding in an effort to raise more than $1 million, which it says will be allocated for the continued operation of its business, “minor efficiency projects” and equipment purchases, and continued expansion. In the process of posting the equity crowd raise via the Wefunder platform, the company has provided future investors and others throughout the beer industry with a peek under the hood of one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the U.S.

Video: Relive the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference

Video: Relive the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference

Last week, 14,000 beer industry professionals made their way to Denver, Colorado, for the annual Craft Brewers Conference, hosted by the Brewers Association (BA). During the event — which featured about 100 different seminars on topics ranging from diversity and inclusion to franchise law reform – leaders from the BA cautioned attendees about future growth prospects for the category.

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.

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.

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.

Heineken USA to Pay Record $2.5 Million Fine to Settle Trade Practice Violations

Heineken USA to Pay Record $2.5 Million Fine to Settle Trade Practice Violations

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) today announced the acceptance of a record $2.5 million offer in compromise from Heineken USA Incorporated for alleged trade practice violations outlined in the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act. Heineken USA’s (HUSA) payment is the largest offer in compromise that the federal agency has ever accepted, TTB spokesman Thomas Hogue confirmed to Brewbound.

Mahou San Miguel, Founders Brewing Partner to Take Majority Control of Avery Brewing

Mahou San Miguel, Founders Brewing Partner to Take Majority Control of Avery Brewing

Mahou San Miguel is upping its stake in Colorado’s Avery Brewing, and the Spanish beer company has teamed up with its other U.S. craft brewery partner, Michigan’s Founders Brewing, on the new investment. Mahou, along with Founders, will purchase a 40 percent stake in Avery Brewing for an undisclosed sum. The newly acquired stake will be combined with Mahou’s original 30 percent minority interest in Avery that was purchased in early 2018.

Trillium Brewing Acquires Former Reebok Property, Plans Major Expansion

Trillium Brewing Acquires Former Reebok Property, Plans Major Expansion

Trillium Brewing Company is expanding once again. The company today announced plans to open two new locations in the greater Boston area. The popular Massachusetts-based maker of hazy New England IPAs will relocate its Canton brewery headquarters to a sprawling 19-acre “forever home” about five miles away from its current facility. It will also open a taproom and retail store in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston.

Boston Beer Names New CMO

Boston Beer Names New CMO

After an eight-month search, the Boston Beer Company has identified its next chief marketing officer. The country’s second-largest craft brewery today named Lesya Lysyj, who is currently the U.S. president of Welch’s Foods Inc., as its new CMO.