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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US DOJ Explains Why it Greenlit Anheuser-Busch’s Acquisition of CBA

US DOJ Explains Why it Greenlit Anheuser-Busch’s Acquisition of CBA

The long proposed marriage of Anheuser-Busch InBev and Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) appears to be mere months away from consummation. The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday gave its blessing to A-B’s proposed acquisition of the remaining stake in CBA — a deal finally reached in November 2019.

Lagunitas Brewing Names Paige Guzman New CMO

Lagunitas Brewing Names Paige Guzman New CMO

Lagunitas Brewing Company has made a change at CMO. Brewbound has learned that the Heineken-owned, Petaluma, California-headquartered craft brewery has picked Paige Guzman to lead its marketing efforts going forward.

Sierra Nevada Announces 6 New Products for 2021, Including Third Little Thing Line Extension, More Kombucha

Sierra Nevada Announces 6 New Products for 2021, Including Third Little Thing Line Extension, More Kombucha

Sierra Nevada has revealed a slate of new products set to hit the market later this year and in 2021. The new offerings were first announced to the company’s 200-member sales team earlier this week during Sierra Nevada’s virtual national sales meeting. Those new products include another line extension of the Little Thing franchise, as well as a deeper dive into the hard kombucha space.

Anheuser-Busch to Sell Colorado Distribution Operation to Georgia A-B Wholesaler

Anheuser-Busch to Sell Colorado Distribution Operation to Georgia A-B Wholesaler

Anheuser-Busch is selling off its Colorado-based wholly owned distribution (WOD) branch. The world’s largest beer manufacturer today announced an agreement to sell its Colorado distribution operations to Norcross, Georgia-based Eagle Rock Distributing, which will expand its operations to Colorado. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. An A-B spokesperson said the company would transition more… Read more »

Nielsen: Beer Sales Slower Than Expected Heading into Labor Day

Nielsen: Beer Sales Slower Than Expected Heading into Labor Day

Well, that didn’t go as expected. Heading into the Labor Day holiday weekend, off-premise dollar sales of beer, cider and FMBs increased 12.2%, and once again topped $1 billion, for the one-week period ending September 5, according to market research firm Nielsen.

Night Shift Distributing to Expand Operations to Connecticut in Mid-October

Night Shift Distributing to Expand Operations to Connecticut in Mid-October

Massachusetts-headquartered Night Shift Distributing is moving into Connecticut in mid-October. Michael Oxton and Rob Burns, who co-founded the brewery in 2012 and the wholesaler in 2016 with Michael O’Mara, told Brewbound today that they plan to build the distribution business in the neighboring New England state from the ground up, similar to how they did in Massachusetts.

Last Call: Some Florida Bars to Reopen at Half Capacity Monday; Union Craft Takes Action on Harassment Claims

Last Call: Some Florida Bars to Reopen at Half Capacity Monday; Union Craft Takes Action on Harassment Claims

Some Florida bars and breweries that don’t serve food will be able to reopen for service at 50% capacity on Monday. Halsey Beshears, Florida’s secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, tweeted Thursday evening that Gov. Ron DeSantis had rescinded the executive order that forced them to close in June.