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 Session and Brew Talks. He is a regular at industry gatherings and has been cited in mainstream media publications such as CNBC, USA Today, The Boston Globe, Mashable and Wired Magazine, among others.

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Anheuser-Busch Launches New ‘Elevate’ Initiative

Anheuser-Busch Launches New ‘Elevate’ Initiative

Anheuser-Busch InBev, via its “High End” craft division in the U.S., today announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at “building a better future” for the beer industry. Called Elevate, the program is A-B’s effort to make its 11 U.S. craft beer and cider brands better stewards of the industry.

Scofflaw to Contract at BrewDog’s Ohio Brewery

Scofflaw to Contract at BrewDog’s Ohio Brewery

Georgia’s Scofflaw Brewing today announced plans to begin contract brewing with Scottish craft beer maker BrewDog. The fast-growing Atlanta-based craft brewery, which recently announced plans to expand its production capabilities to 30,000 barrels, will take advantage of excess capacity at BrewDog’s new 100,000 sq. ft. Ohio brewery until a new brewhouse is installed in March.

Epic Brewing Buys California’s Telegraph Brewing

Epic Brewing Buys California’s Telegraph Brewing

Following an 18-month search for a brewery to purchase, Epic Brewing today announced the acquisition of Telegraph Brewing Company, a California-based beer company that produces a variety of Belgian-inspired beers. Specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Craft Brew Alliance to Sell Woodinville Brewery for $24.5 Million

Craft Brew Alliance to Sell Woodinville Brewery for $24.5 Million

Seven months after putting its Woodinville, Washington, brewery up for sale, Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell the facility to Sound Commercial Investment Holdings LLC for $24.5 million.

Taste Radio Ep. 86: Using Technology to Sell More Beer

Taste Radio Ep. 86: Using Technology to Sell More Beer

Mark Young wants to help bar owners sell more beer. Who is Mark Young? He’s the founder and CEO of Beerboard, a beer management platform that enables breweries, restaurants, and bars to make real-time marketing decisions about their beer selection. Young recently visited the Brewbound headquarters in Watertown, Massachusetts, to share his company’s story with the BevNET Taste Radio podcast.

Avery Brewing Sells 30 Percent Stake to Mahou San Miguel

Avery Brewing Sells 30 Percent Stake to Mahou San Miguel

Colorado’s Avery Brewing today announced the sale of a 30 percent stake to Mahou San Miguel, a Spanish brewing company founded in Madrid in 1890. Specific terms of the deal, which is expected to close in January 2018, were not disclosed.

Last Call: Regional Ciders Growing at 35 Percent; Golden Road Brewpub Approved

Last Call: Regional Ciders Growing at 35 Percent; Golden Road Brewpub Approved

In this week’s Last Call: The United States Association of Cider Makers reports growth for regional cider brands, Golden Road gets the green light to build a brewpub in Oakland, and the Brewers Association’s campaign to “buy” A-B InBev hits $3.6 million.

Republic National Distributing to Merge with Breakthru Beverage

Republic National Distributing to Merge with Breakthru Beverage

In a move that would create a $12 billion beverage alcohol wholesale giant, Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) today announced plans to merge with Breakthru Beverage. The two companies have signed a letter of intent to combine assets and operations, according to a press release.

Maine’s Valley Distributors Acquires Nearby Federal Distributors

Maine’s Valley Distributors Acquires Nearby Federal Distributors

Oakland-based Valley Distributors this week announced plans to acquire Lewiston-based Federal Distributors. Specific financial terms of the transaction, which is expected to close during the first quarter of 2018, were not disclosed. Combined, the two companies — which will now operate under the newly created “Valley Beverage” name — will distribute upwards of 4 million cases of beer in 2017.

Craft Brew Alliance Ceases Restaurant Operations at Widmer Brewpub

Craft Brew Alliance Ceases Restaurant Operations at Widmer Brewpub

Craft Brew Alliance made good on last week’s promise to revisit its brewpub strategy, yesterday announcing plans to shift away from a restaurant-focused brewpub model at the Widmer Brothers brewery in Portland, Oregon. In a post on the brand’s Facebook page, CBA said it would eliminate its full-service kitchen to make way for expanded small-batch brewing capabilities inside of a recently built 10-barrel innovation brewery that opened about 15 months ago.

Stone Distribution Rights Sold to Sheehan in Massachusetts

Stone Distribution Rights Sold to Sheehan in Massachusetts

For the second time in just five months, Massachusetts’ Atlantic Beverage Distributors has sold the distribution rights to a prominent San Diego-based craft brewery. Beginning today, Craft Beer Guild LLC, a subsidiary of Sheehan Family Companies, will distribute Stone Brewing Company products throughout the state.

Renegade Brewing Sells Stake to Upstart Family Office

Renegade Brewing Sells Stake to Upstart Family Office

Denver’s Renegade Brewing today announced the sale of an undisclosed stake to Silver Fox Partners, a Northeastern family office founded earlier this year by Anne Mulcahy, the former CEO and Chairwoman of the Xerox Corporation. Specific financial terms of the deal, which was finalized last Wednesday, were not disclosed.