Justin Kendall

Justin Kendall

Assistant Editor, Brewbound

Justin Kendall is the assistant editor of Brewbound.com.

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Sixpoint to Shift Focus Toward Innovation in 2018

Sixpoint to Shift Focus Toward Innovation in 2018

Sixpoint Brewery founder Shane Welch is making innovation the “primary focus” of the Brooklyn craft brewery heading into 2018. In order to foster that spirit of innovation, Sixpoint formed a new product development team in August, and hired Eric Bachli as the “chief product officer.”

Last Call: Regional Ciders Growing at 35 Percent; Golden Road Brewpub Approved

Last Call: Regional Ciders Growing at 35 Percent; Golden Road Brewpub Approved

In this week’s Last Call: The United States Association of Cider Makers reports growth for regional cider brands, Golden Road gets the green light to build a brewpub in Oakland, and the Brewers Association’s campaign to “buy” A-B InBev hits $3.6 million.

Press Clips: Maryland Reform Efforts Take Shape; Senate Tax Bill Gains Momentum

Press Clips: Maryland Reform Efforts Take Shape; Senate Tax Bill Gains Momentum

In this week’s edition of press clips: Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s “Reform on Tap Act of 2018” would create a friendlier business climate for the state’s craft breweries, the Senate tax bill gains steam as alcohol industry watchdogs cry foul, and two industry trade groups provide a snapshot of beer industry health through October.

Phusion Projects Founder Discusses Foray into Spirits

Phusion Projects Founder Discusses Foray into Spirits

The entrepreneurs behind the once-caffeinated and controversial flavored malt beverage, Four Loko, are diversifying. Following the April launch of Four Loko Shots, a line of flavored spirits checking in at 35 percent ABV, Four Loko parent Phusion Projects, via its Innovative Wine & Spirits subsidiary, last week struck a deal with Pabst Brewing Company to market, sell and distribute its first bourbon brand under the Not Your Father’s label.

Left Hand Files Lawsuit Against White Labs Over Contaminated Yeast

Left Hand Files Lawsuit Against White Labs Over Contaminated Yeast

Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Company has filed a lawsuit against yeast supplier White Labs alleging that the San Diego-based fermentation specialists sold the brewery contaminated brewers yeast, which led to a $2 million recall in 2016.

IRI Worldwide: US Beer Sales Down Slightly Through Early November

IRI Worldwide: US Beer Sales Down Slightly Through Early November

With just six weeks left to go in 2017, U.S. beer volume sales are roughly flat, according to recent data from Chicago-based market research firm IRI Worldwide. The firm, which tracks category-wide sales trends at off-premise retailers, reported that U.S. beer volume sales were down 0.7 percent while total beer dollar sales have increased 1 percent through November 5.

Trillium Brewing Company to Open Winter Beer Garden

Trillium Brewing Company to Open Winter Beer Garden

Popular Boston-area beer maker Trillium Brewing today announced plans to open a seasonal beer garden inside the historic “Roslindale Substation Building,” located about 8 miles from downtown Boston.

Proposed Senate Tax Bill Would Benefit Brewers

Proposed Senate Tax Bill Would Benefit Brewers

For the first time ever, beer excise tax reductions have been included in a comprehensive federal tax reform proposal. On Tuesday night, U.S. Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released a “Chairman’s Mark” to the Senate GOP’s version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Pabst Moves Into Spirits with Launch of Not Your Father’s Bourbon

Pabst Moves Into Spirits with Launch of Not Your Father’s Bourbon

In a move toward diversifying its portfolio and reaching spirits consumers, Pabst Brewing Company today announced a foray into the crafts spirits space with the launch of Not Your Father’s Bourbon. The 86 proof (43 percent ABV), small-batch bourbon is the first product to be launched in a new line of spirits under the Not Your Father’s label, which includes the popular Not Your Father’s Root Beer flavored malt beverage as well as hard vanilla cream and ginger ale offerings, among others.

Catawba Brewing Co. Reaches Deal for Palmetto Brewing

Catawba Brewing Co. Reaches Deal for Palmetto Brewing

North Carolina’s Catawba Brewing Co. has reached an agreement to acquire Charleston, South Carolina-based Palmetto Brewing Co. Catawba co-founder Billy Pyatt told Brewbound that his company will acquire “100 percent” of Palmetto’s assets and hopes to close on the transaction by the end of the year.

Executive Leadership Changes on Tap at Anheuser-Busch InBev

Executive Leadership Changes on Tap at Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev is once again shaking up its North American executive leadership team, today announcing the appointment of a new CEO to oversee its largest market, among other key changes. Michel Doukeris, the company’s current chief sales officer, will take over as the CEO of A-B InBev North America, supplanting current zone president and CEO João Castro Neves, who will depart the organization after 22 years to “pursue other opportunities.”