Justin Kendall

Justin Kendall

Editor, Brewbound

Justin Kendall provides daily coverage of the beer industry on Brewbound.com, conducts live-streamed interviews during Brewbound's events and co-produces the Brewbound podcast. Kendall is a 17-year career journalist who led alt-weekly newspapers in Kansas City, Missouri, and Des Moines, Iowa.

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Colorado Governor Orders Bars Closed Ahead of July 4 Holiday

Colorado Governor Orders Bars Closed Ahead of July 4 Holiday

Days ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has issued an executive order to close bars as the number of COVID-19 infections in the state has increased over the last couple of weeks.

San Diego, Allegheny Counties Halt On-Site Consumption; Arizona Closes Bars; Fauci Calls Indoor Congregation at Bars ‘Bad News’

San Diego, Allegheny Counties Halt On-Site Consumption; Arizona Closes Bars; Fauci Calls Indoor Congregation at Bars ‘Bad News’

Amid surges in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country, more states and counties are pulling back on on-site consumption at bars and breweries. The reopening of bars for on-premise consumption has also come under fire in recent days from the highest levels of government. During testimony before the Senate on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called out bars, in particular, as “really not good.”

Nielsen: Beer Category Sales Top $1 Billion in 4 of the Last 5 Weeks

Nielsen: Beer Category Sales Top $1 Billion in 4 of the Last 5 Weeks

Beer category dollar sales in off-premise retailers have now topped $1 billion in four of the last five weeks, according to market research firm Nielsen. For the one-week period ending June 20, off-premise scans increased 21.2%, to $1.02 billion, the firm reported. Category sales also reached $1 billion for the weeks ending June 13, as well as the weeks ending May 23 and May 30, which bookended the Memorial Day holiday. Sales fell just short of the $1 billion mark for the week ending June 6, totaling $998.4 million.

California Shuts Down Bars in 7 Counties Amid Spikes in COVID-19 Cases

California Shuts Down Bars in 7 Counties Amid Spikes in COVID-19 Cases

Days after Texas and Florida mandated that bars shut down for on-premise consumption, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered an immediate end to on-site sales at bars in seven counties, as well as recommended that eight additional counties take similar action in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Brewers Associations Lays Off Additional 17% of Workforce, Including Julia Herz

Brewers Associations Lays Off Additional 17% of Workforce, Including Julia Herz

The Brewers Association has announced a second round of layoffs, cutting 17% of its workforce, the national trade group confirmed to Brewbound. The layoff amounted to nine additional employees of the BA, including one of its most recognizable faces and advocates for small and independent U.S. craft brewers: Julia Herz.

Last Call: US Beer Shipments Declined By 1 Million Barrels in May

Last Call: US Beer Shipments Declined By 1 Million Barrels in May

U.S. brewers’ shipments in May declined 6.6%, to 14.2 million barrels, a loss of 1 million barrels compared to May 2019, according to the Beer Institute (BI), which shared unofficial estimates of domestic tax paid shipments compiled by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Dark Horse and Roak Rebounding After ‘Hellish’ 3 Months

Dark Horse and Roak Rebounding After ‘Hellish’ 3 Months

About three weeks after Adam Lambert took over as president of the Michigan Brewers Union — the roll up of Dark Horse Brewing and Roak Brewing — the COVID-19 pandemic shut down on-premise sales across the U.S.

Deschutes Brewery’s Portland Pub Set to Open; Off-Premise Dollar Sales +9% Over Last 13 Weeks

Deschutes Brewery’s Portland Pub Set to Open; Off-Premise Dollar Sales +9% Over Last 13 Weeks

Deschutes Brewery’s Portland, Oregon, pub is slated to reopen later today after being closed for three months. The pub’s reopening, along with those of other restaurants and bars in Multnomah County — Oregon’s most populated county — was delayed a week after Gov. Kate Brown imposed a one-week moratorium on reopenings due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.