Jessica Infante

Jessica Infante

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Jessica Infante is the Reporter for Brewbound.

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BeerBoard: Draft Sales Volume Declines -6.6%; Craft Beer Loses -1.6% Share of Tap Handles

BeerBoard: Draft Sales Volume Declines -6.6%; Craft Beer Loses -1.6% Share of Tap Handles

Draft beer sales volume declined -6.6% nationwide during the weekend of October 21-24, compared to the weekend of October 7-10, according to BeerBoard, which tracks draft sales at on-premise retailers across the country. Of the 10 key markets BeerBoard highlights in its reports, South Carolina (-11.1%) saw the steepest decline in volume, followed by Texas (-10.5%), Florida (-8.3%), Illinois (-7.7%), Minnesota (-7.3%), Nevada (-6.7%), and Georgia (-4.2%).

Last Call: Switchyard Advocates for Paid Family Leave; BA Board Elections Begin; Port of LA Open 24 Hours

Last Call: Switchyard Advocates for Paid Family Leave; BA Board Elections Begin; Port of LA Open 24 Hours

In an op-ed she wrote in support of paid family leave for small businesses, Switchyard Brewing Company co-founder Kristin Cummings wrote that the company has strived to “offer better benefits and a better work-life balance” to its workforce. Voting has started for the Brewers Association’s (BA) board of directors election and ends November 17.

Deschutes Executives Discuss Decision to Shutter Roanoke Tasting Room

Deschutes Executives Discuss Decision to Shutter Roanoke Tasting Room

Pandemic-driven declines and an inability to convert the space to include brewing capacity, food service and outdoor seating factored into Deschutes Brewery’s decision to shutter its Roanoke, Virginia-based tasting room later this year, executives explained yesterday.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Mull Doubling Alcohol Excise Tax Across All Categories

Massachusetts Lawmakers Mull Doubling Alcohol Excise Tax Across All Categories

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering doubling the commonwealth’s excise tax on beer, wine and spirits. The bill proposes increasing the state excise tax rate for malt beverages (including flavored malt beverages and sugar-based hard seltzers) from $3.30 per barrel to $6.60 per barrel.

BrewDog USA Hires Sales and Marketing Execs

BrewDog USA Hires Sales and Marketing Execs

BrewDog USA, the Columbus, Ohio-headquartered offshoot of the Scottish craft beer maker, has added three new executives to its sales and marketing ranks, the company announced Monday. The company has tapped Marc Venegoni as vice president of U.S. sales, Greg Salzenstein as western U.S. sales director, and Erika Wojno as U.S. director of marketing.

BWC: Craft Beer Off-Premise Sales -7.1% Through 3 Quarters of 2021

BWC: Craft Beer Off-Premise Sales -7.1% Through 3 Quarters of 2021

Three quarters into 2021, craft beer dollar sales in off-premise retailers have declined -7.1% year-to-date through October 2 and that negative trend is mostly accelerating, according to a report from Bump Williams Consulting (BWC). Craft beer dollar sales declined -12.7% in Q2 and improved slightly to -12.5% in Q3, but there have been “no major improvements since cycling COVID,” BWC wrote

Firestone Walker Set to Finish 2021 +20%

Firestone Walker Set to Finish 2021 +20%

Firestone Walker Brewing Company is sailing into 2022 “with the wind at our back,” co-founder David Walker said in an intro video to the company’s annual business plan presentation, streamed virtually to distributor and retailer partners late last month. Current projections place the Paso Robles, California-headquartered craft brewery finishing 2021 up about +20%, Walker said, despite the continued challenges of the pandemic.

Catawba Valley Brewing Acquired by Oyster City Parent Company

Catawba Valley Brewing Acquired by Oyster City Parent Company

The parent company of Oyster City Brewing Company has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the assets of Catawba Valley Brewing Company. Made by the Water, a portfolio company of family office Wiregrass Equity Partners, which owns Oyster City, will acquire the assets of Catawba Valley, including Catawba Brewing in North Carolina, Palmetto Brewing in South Carolina, the Twisp Southern Hard Seltzer brand that launched in 2019.