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Can a Liquor Exec Help New Belgium Beat Wine and Spirits?

Can a Liquor Exec Help New Belgium Beat Wine and Spirits?

Know thy enemy. If you’re a brewery trying to make it in today’s crowded alcohol marketplace, that means understanding the strategies that wine and spirits brands have used to snatch 10 percent of total U.S. alcohol shipments away from the beer category over the last 20 years.

Executives Call for Unity at Beer Institute Meeting

Executives Call for Unity at Beer Institute Meeting

Executives from the largest beer companies in the U.S. gathered in San Diego this week for the annual Beer Institute (BI) meeting, and a theme of unity emerged as industry leaders attempt to stem continued share losses to wine and spirits.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Acquires Energy Drink Maker Hiball

Anheuser-Busch InBev Acquires Energy Drink Maker Hiball

One year after inking a deal with coffee giant Starbucks, the world’s largest beer company is making another investment in the non-alcoholic beverage segment. Anheuser-Busch InBev today announced plans to acquire Hiball Inc., a San Francisco-based beverage company founded in 2005 that produces a range of caffeinated beverages, including energy drinks, sparkling waters and cold brew coffees. The company also makes a line of non-caffeinated juices and seltzers, called Alta Palla.

DuClaw Brewing Seeks a Buyer

DuClaw Brewing Seeks a Buyer

DuClaw Brewing Co. is officially on the market. The Baltimore, Maryland-based craft brewery today announced that it had retained investment banking firm Equity Partners HG to help identify an investor or buyer for the company.

After 17 Years, Major Brands and Schlafly Part Ways

After 17 Years, Major Brands and Schlafly Part Ways

Major Brands, the largest Missouri-owned distributor of beer, wine and spirits, has released Schlafly Beer’s brand rights to the Saint Louis Brewery, ending the two parties’ 17-year distribution partnership as of Monday.

Coronado Brewing to Acquire Monkey Paw

Coronado Brewing to Acquire Monkey Paw

Coronado Brewing Company today announced it would acquire a majority stake in Monkey Paw Brewing, a small craft brewery located in San Diego’s east village neighborhood. Specific financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close on September 1, were not disclosed. Coronado will use cash flow from its production brewery and brewpub operations to finance the transaction, chief operating officer Brandon Richards told Brewbound.

Spirits Executive to Lead New Belgium as Next CEO

Spirits Executive to Lead New Belgium as Next CEO

After an nine month search, New Belgium Brewing has found its next CEO. The Fort Collins, Colo.-headquartered company, which also operates a brewing facility in Asheville, North Carolina, today announced that Steve Fechheimer, the former chief strategy officer at Beam Suntory, would take over as CEO in mid-August.

New Agreement Ends Strike at Clare Rose After 82 Days

New Agreement Ends Strike at Clare Rose After 82 Days

After nearly three months of striking, more than 100 union delivery drivers and warehouse workers have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract with Long Island beer distributor Clare Rose. Last week, Teamsters Local 812 announced that it had struck a tentative deal with the beer wholesaler after negotiating terms through a private mediator.

In Defense of Free Speech, Flying Dog Terminates BA Membership

In Defense of Free Speech, Flying Dog Terminates BA Membership

Flying Dog Brewery has officially terminated its membership with the Brewers Association (BA), citing changes to the not-for-profit industry trade organization’s Advertising and Marketing Code that are aimed at addressing “sexually explicit, lewd, or demeaning brand names, language, text, graphics, photos, video, or other images.”

Taste Radio Ep. 66: Andy Thomas On Innovation and Inspiration In Craft Beer

Taste Radio Ep. 66: Andy Thomas On Innovation and Inspiration In Craft Beer

On this week’s episode of Taste Radio, BevNET CEO John Craven joins Brewbound editor Chris Furnari for an interview with Craft Brew Alliance CEO Andy Thomas. As the head of one of the largest craft beer companies in the U.S., Thomas oversees a portfolio that includes Kona, Widmer, Redhook and other craft brands. During his segment, Thomas shares insight into topics such as the commercial evolution of the category, the importance of being patient with innovations (and where to find the inspiration to fuel them), and how the proliferation of small craft breweries is challenging companies to cultivate stronger, more unique brand identities.

Craft Brew Alliance to Open Long-Awaited Redhook Brewpub in Seattle Next Month

Craft Brew Alliance to Open Long-Awaited Redhook Brewpub in Seattle Next Month

After about 20 months of planning and building, Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) will finally open its Redhook brewpub in downtown Seattle in August. Located in the Pike Motorworks Building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the 10,000 sq. ft. Redhook “Brewlab” will feature a 10-barrel brewing system, 16 rotating draft beers and seating for 260 people, according to Derek Hahm, CBA’s vice president of sales and brewpubs.

Brooklyn Brewery Announces Sixth International Joint Venture

Brooklyn Brewery Announces Sixth International Joint Venture

Brooklyn Brewery and Danish brewer Carlsberg have announced yet another international craft brewing partnership — this time in Eastern Europe. The two companies have formed a joint venture with Švyturys Brewery, based in the port city of Klaipėda, Lithuania.