Justin Kendall

Justin Kendall

News 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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Celis Brewery to be Sold at Public Auction on July 2

Celis Brewery to be Sold at Public Auction on July 2

Financially troubled Celis Brewery is scheduled to be auctioned off during two separate public auctions slated for July 2. According to public sale notice in the Austin American Statesman last Friday, the building housing the Austin craft brewery at 10001 Metric Boulevard will be auctioned off during a public foreclosure sale at the Travis County Courthouse on the morning of July 2.

Legislative Update: Maine Lawmakers Pass Alcohol Reforms; North Carolina Seeks Alcohol Sales at College Sporting Events

Legislative Update: Maine Lawmakers Pass Alcohol Reforms; North Carolina Seeks Alcohol Sales at College Sporting Events

In the latest Legislative Update: Maine lawmakers vote to reform self-distribution and franchise laws; Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signs a law increasing the amount of beer craft breweries can sell directly to consumers; North Carolina passes legislation to sell beer and wine at college sporting events; and Pennsylvania legislators consider a lower sales tax on at-the-brewery sales.

Last Call: Tax Cuts for Brewers Passes House Committee; May US Beer Shipments Decline

Last Call: Tax Cuts for Brewers Passes House Committee; May US Beer Shipments Decline

In this week’s Last Call: The House Ways and Means Committee passed a one-year extension of the federal excise tax relief for alcohol producers and importers. Also, U.S. beer shipments declined in May, Deschutes begins selling canned drinking water, Bell’s Two Hearted tops the AHA’s best list, and more news briefs.

Developing: US House Committee Expected to Extend Federal Excise Tax Relief for Brewers

Developing: US House Committee Expected to Extend Federal Excise Tax Relief for Brewers

An effort to maintain reduced federal excise taxes (FET) on all brewers an importers could take a major step forward tonight. The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to extend tax cuts for alcohol producers and importers as part of the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 3301) extender bill.

Distribution Roundup: Lawson’s Finest Enters New Jersey; RNDC and Young’s Form JV

Distribution Roundup: Lawson’s Finest Enters New Jersey; RNDC and Young’s Form JV

In this Distribution Roundup: Popular Vermont craft brewer Lawson’s Finest Liquids is partnering with Remarkable Liquids for statewide distribution in New Jersey; Republic National Distributing Company forms a joint venture with Young’s Market Company; MillerCoors’ Revolver brand adds distribution in three states; and more.

On Track for 23,000 Barrels, Cape May Expands Distribution in Pennsylvania

On Track for 23,000 Barrels, Cape May Expands Distribution in Pennsylvania

A month away from its eighth anniversary, Cape May Brewing Company is quickly growing into one of New Jersey’s largest craft breweries. Last year, Cape May achieved “regional brewery” status — those breweries making between 15,000 and 6 million barrels of beer annually — increasing production by 75 percent, to 16,269 barrels, according to the Brewers Association. Speaking to Brewbound, Ryan Krill — who co-founded the brewery with his father, Bob, and friend Chris Henke in 2011 — said the company is on pace to sell as much as 23,000 barrels in 2019.

Brewing Equipment Maker Ss Brewtech Sold to Illinois Appliance Manufacturer

Brewing Equipment Maker Ss Brewtech Sold to Illinois Appliance Manufacturer

An Illinois-headquarter maker of industrial, commercial and residential kitchen appliances has bought into the brewing equipment business. The Middleby Corporation today announced the acquisition of CM Brewing Technologies LLC, the parent company of California-based brewing system maker Ss Brewtech.

Category Health, Beer Delivery and Labor Issues Discussed at Beer Institute Meeting

Category Health, Beer Delivery and Labor Issues Discussed at Beer Institute Meeting

The on-again, off-again effort to improve category health through an industry-wide campaign for beer is on once again. During the Beer Institute’s annual meeting, held Tuesday in St. Louis, president and CEO Jim McGreevy said the industry’s three top trade associations — the BI, the Brewers Association (BA) and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) — have agreed to launch a pro-beer marketing campaign this summer. Category health was just one of several themes to develop during the two-day meeting, as multiple speakers touched on the growth opportunity in home delivery of food and booze, as well as the growing number of jobs open in the manufacturing and hospitality industries.

Video: Craft Brewers Discuss Ways to Elevate the Beer Category at SAVOR

Video: Craft Brewers Discuss Ways to Elevate the Beer Category at SAVOR

The Brewbound team hit the 2019 SAVOR event to ask several brewery owners — including James Beard Award winners Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company — and other industry stakeholders how SAVOR and events like it help elevate the beer category.

Tariffs, Taxes and Marijuana Top Discussions at Beer Institute Annual Meeting

Tariffs, Taxes and Marijuana Top Discussions at Beer Institute Annual Meeting

The discussion of several headwinds facing the industry dominated the Monday afternoon session at the Beer Institute’s annual meeting in St. Louis. Beer Institute president and CEO Jim McGreevy opened Monday’s General Session and discussed several issues currently facing beer companies, including the effort to make permanent federal excise tax relief in the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, as well as the impact of tariffs on beer companies, and competition for market share with wine and spirits companies.

Government Affairs: Congressional Majority Now Supports Tax Reform for Brewers and Importers; Trade Groups Urge Trump to Rethink Tariffs on Mexico

Government Affairs: Congressional Majority Now Supports Tax Reform for Brewers and Importers; Trade Groups Urge Trump to Rethink Tariffs on Mexico

Alcohol producers’ efforts to make excise tax relief permanent reached another milestone today, as a majority of Congress now supports the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA). In a joint announcement, seven alcohol industry trade groups said a bill to permanently enact tax cuts for alcohol producers and importers now has 218 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.