Fran Caradonna’s first 15 months at Schlafly Beer maker the Saint Louis Brewery have been eventful, to say the least.
Craft beer industry videos
Braxton Brewing Company finished 2019 as one of the fastest-rising craft breweries in the nation. The Covington, Kentucky-based craft brewery grew its volumes by 96%, to 23,500 barrels, elevating the company to regional brewery status — those producing between 15,000 and 6 million barrels — according to production data released by the Brewers Association. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has dampened the company’s 2020 outlook.
Two months into shutdown of on-premise establishments forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, 42 North Brewing Company’s drive-thru, beer-to-go business in East Aurora, New York — located about 24 miles east of Buffalo — has held steady.
There’s a distinct sense of FOMO happening at Charlotte, North Carolina-based Sycamore Brewing. “It’s painful. This time of year in Charlotte, it’s absolutely beer garden weather,” Sycamore co-founder Justin Brigham said during a video interview.
BeerBoard founder Mark Young has his eye on the future of on-premise retail, whenever it returns from a forced but temporary shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just across the Hudson River from Manhattan in Jersey City, New Jersey, Departed Soles Brewing founder Brian Kulbacki had to pivot his business from a thriving taproom to home delivery in the matter of an afternoon.
In this live streamed panel, founders from Trillium, Other Half and WeldWerks touch on the moves they’re making, what’s working and what’s not, shifts in production, how they’re handling beer releases when consumers can no longer lineup at their breweries, and much more.
COVID-19 is forcing brewery owners across the country to make hard decisions. Surly Brewing founder Omar Ansari has made his share of those decisions over the last month after shuttering his beer hall, pizza place and event space in mid-March. Couple those closures with the shutdown of on-premise sales, and around 60% of Surly’s revenue evaporated overnight.
Drizly, the on-demand e-commerce marketplace for alcoholic beverages, has seen record numbers of both new customers and sales since the COVID-19 pandemic began forcing millions of Americans to stay home in mid-March.
Barry Holmes, CEO of The Bruery and Offshoot Beer Co., offers tips to breweries considering getting into direct-to-consumer or membership club business and shares how The Bruery is engaging its members via weekly, virtual happy hours on Thursday nights. He also discusses how adding a line of canned hazy IPAs and a pilsner through the Offshoot brand has helped fortify The Bruery’s business, which was originally built on barrel-aged and sour offerings.
Untappd — the beer ranking and checking in smartphone app — was built on the notion of being social. However, being social in the U.S. has been taken away by the novel coronavirus disease, which has forced consumers to stay inside their homes and shut down brewery taprooms, tasting rooms, bars and restaurants across the country.
Stonehearth Capital Management senior financial advisor Andrew Nadeau joined Brewbound reporter Jessica Infante for a conversation about the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) options for business owners.
The 2020 edition of the Ales for ALS charitable program was off to a strong start before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered brewery taprooms and tasting rooms across the U.S. The program’s founders discussed their family’s personal history with ALS, the start of the charity and the impact of COVID-19 on their efforts during a video interview with Brewbound.
Bump Williams Consulting VP of business development and portfolio strategy Brian “BK” Krueger gives a quick look at the week as off-premise sales began to slow and what’s to come in the weeks ahead in a video interview with Brewbound.