Sales of craft beer grew 6 percent in the U.S. last year, industry consultant Bump Williams shared during Thursday afternoon’s Brewers Association Power Hour. And that growth, Williams said, is not coming from mainstream craft brands, but new local brewers as well as strong regional and national players like Bell’s Brewery, Stone Brewing, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and Allagash, among others.
Seven months after acquiring Texas-based Uncle Billy’s Brewery, Artisanal Imports co-founder and CEO Bob Leggett has purchased the Pedernales Brewing Company brands. Financial terms of the deal, which closed at the start of the year, were not disclosed. The transaction did not include Pedernales’ Fredericksburg brewery, which former Pedernales owner Lee Hereford said is in the process of being sold to a yet-to-be-named buyer.
Ian Schuster, the founder of Bay Area-based Schubros Brewery, is attempting to raise more than $1 million via equity crowdfunding to build a brewery in Tianjin, China. To do so, Schuster has formed the San Francisco East Bay Brewing Inc. (SFEBB) holding company and he’s selling 23 percent of the company to non-accredited investors through WeFunder, a Securities and Exchange Commission-approved third-party crowdfunding portal, at $250 a share.
Citing a need for better representation on legislative matters, nine New Jersey craft brewers today announced the formation of a new state trade group — the Brewers Guild of New Jersey. Many, if not all, of those breweries will not be renewing their memberships with New Jersey’s existing guild, the New Jersey Brewers Association, Brewbound… Read more »
In this week’s Last Call: More than 3,000 brewers sign up to use the Brewers Association’s independence seal; a study finds that Generation Z consumers drink less alcohol; MillerCoors announces plans to transfer all of its cider production to Milwaukee; and more news.
Boston Beer Company yesterday reported a shipment decline of 6.2 percent in 2017, driven by shrinking sales of its Samuel Adams and Angry Orchard brands. In an earnings report released Wednesday, the country’s sixth largest beer company — which makes Samuel Adams beer, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Twisted Tea, and Truly Spiked & Sparkling seltzers, among other products — said it shipped about 3.8 million barrels of product in 2017, compared to 4 million barrels shipped in 2016.
In this roundup of legal news: MillerCoors is attempting to block a former top executive from joining Constellation Brands; Bell’s loses a nearly 3-year-old trademark fight; and a federal judge is allowing a lawsuit filed by the son of Thelonious Monk against North Coast Brewing Co. to proceed.
Irish cider company C&C Group plc., owner of the Vermont Hard Cider Company, today announced that it will end its 2-year-old U.S. marketing and distribution agreement with Pabst Brewing on April 1. In a letter to distributors and retailers, Vermont Hard Cider — whose brands include Woodchuck, Gumption, and Wyder’s, among others — said the two companies mutually agreed to terminate the strategic partnership forged in December 2015.
In today’s Legislative Update: Wisconsin Senate committee asks for more study of the “alcohol czar” proposal; Denizens owner picked as Maryland gubernatorial candidate’s running mate; the Virginia House and Senate pass at-rest provisions; and more.
Newly Appointed Boston Beer Company CEO Dave Burwick will earn a base salary of $750,000 and take home a hefty $1.6 million signing bonus, according to an SEC filing. Burwick, already a member of Boston Beer’s board of directors since 2005, was announced as the company’s new CEO on Wednesday. He is expected to replace outgoing CEO Martin Roper, who has been with the company for more than 17 years, on April 2, according to the filing.
In this week’s edition of Last Call: Plans for Three Floyds’ brewery expansion are revealed; Pretty Things founders resurface in England; Hanson Spirits acquires Carneros Brewing’s production facility and taproom; Deschutes and Bluejacket announce can packaging releases; and more.
Despite continued negative domestic volume trends for its flagship light lager brands, Molson Coors’ worldwide sales increased 0.2 percent to more than $11 billion in 2017, according to company earnings released today.
In this week’s Legislative Update: Maryland lawmakers propose a bill to reduce the amount of beer small brewers can sell in their taprooms; Virginia lawmakers grant Deschutes an exception to operate its Roanoke tasting room; and more.
Following a year of flat sales at off-premise retail in 2017, U.S. beer dollar sales increased 3 percent through the first four weeks of 2018, according to retail data provider IRI Worldwide. IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm that tracks category-wide sales trends at off-premise retailers, reported total U.S. dollar sales of about $2.2 billion through January 28 in its multi-outlet and convenience (MULC) universe of stores (grocery, drug, club, dollar, mass-merchandiser and military).