Justin Kendall

Justin Kendall

Assistant Editor, Brewbound

Justin Kendall is the assistant editor of Brewbound.com.

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Anheuser-Busch’s ZX Ventures Acquires UK-Based Spirits Company

Anheuser-Busch’s ZX Ventures Acquires UK-Based Spirits Company

In recent years, Anheuser-Busch InBev’s “global growth and innovation team” ZX Ventures has invested in at least nine international breweries, and now the company is pushing into spirits. ZX Ventures today announced the acquisition of Atom Group, a United Kingdom-based spirits, eCommerce and import business. Specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Deschutes Reworks Plans for Virginia Brewery

Deschutes Reworks Plans for Virginia Brewery

Two years after announcing plans to build a $95 million secondary brewing facility in Roanoke, Virginia, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery has hit the pause button. The company, which was set to purchase 49 acres of land by May 1, is in the process of renegotiating an incentive package in order to maintain “flexibility” on the timeline, size and scope of the project, Deschutes CEO Michael LaLonde told Brewbound.

MillerCoors Responds, Calls Stone Brewing Trademark Suit ‘Meritless’

MillerCoors Responds, Calls Stone Brewing Trademark Suit ‘Meritless’

It took two months, but MillerCoors has finally responded to Stone Brewing’s trademark lawsuit. In February, the San Diego craft brewery filed a lawsuit against the multinational beer company alleging that its rebranded packaging and advertisements for the Keystone brand infringed upon Stone Brewing’s own “Stone” trademark. Early this morning, MillerCoors answered back with several counterclaims.

Bell’s Brewery Expands Distribution to 6 New England States and New Jersey

Bell’s Brewery Expands Distribution to 6 New England States and New Jersey

Starting this summer, Bell’s Brewery will begin selling beer throughout New England and New Jersey, expanding its footprint to 39 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico in the process. The Michigan-based craft brewery will partner with 11 beer distributors across Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey.

Following Sale to VC Firm, Smuttynose Regroups

Following Sale to VC Firm, Smuttynose Regroups

Less than one month after announcing plans to purchase Smuttynose Brewing Company from Provident Bank, New Hampshire’s Runnymede Investments has finalized its deal for the struggling Portsmouth-area craft brewery and launched a 90-day plan aimed at helping it return to growth.

Brewers Association: Craft Export Growth Slows to Single-Digits in 2017

Brewers Association: Craft Export Growth Slows to Single-Digits in 2017

For the second consecutive year, U.S. craft beer exports grew in the low-single digits. However, growth of international shipments has slowed considerably as the export market has matured and competition from brewers in those foreign markets has increased. The Brewers Association (BA) announced Tuesday that U.S. craft beer exports grew 3.6 percent, to 482,309 barrels, in 2017.

Sonoma Cider Closes After Losing Investor Funding

Sonoma Cider Closes After Losing Investor Funding

After raising more than $6 million from investors over the last five years, Sonoma Cider has ceased operations at its production facility and taproom in Northern California, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. In a statement issued to the Press Democrat, Sonoma Cider co-founder and CEO David Cordtz said the Healdsburg-based maker of hard cider products “suddenly and without warning” lost its investor funding and closed as of March 28.