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Narragansett Eyes 100,000 Barrels in 2017

Narragansett Eyes 100,000 Barrels in 2017

After producing 91,000 barrels in 2016, Narragansett Beer is setting its sights on the six-figure mark. Just three weeks removed from brewing its first batch of beer at the newly opened Rhode Island contract outfit Isle Brewers Guild, which Narragansett owns a partial stake in, sales of the venerable company’s flagship Lager brand are already up 17 percent through the first two months of 2017 and the company is poised for a year of 20 percent growth, CEO Mark Hellendrung told Brewbound.

Founders to Expand Distribution to Delaware in May

Founders to Expand Distribution to Delaware in May

Founders Brewing is broadening its footprint once again, today announcing plans to enter Delaware in early May. The company has inked an agreement Standard Distributing Company for coverage throughout the state.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Shuts Down Operations

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Shuts Down Operations

San Francisco’s Speakeasy Ales & Lagers will indefinitely cease brewing, packaging and taproom operations, the company announced today.

Uinta VP to Depart in June

Uinta VP to Depart in June

Longtime Uinta Brewing vice president of sales Steve Kuftinec will depart the Salt Lake City, Utah-based organization in June, the company announced today. In an interview with Brewbound, Kuftinec said he was leaving to launch a craft distillery, Highway 101 Spirits, which will be located in the San Diego region.

Maine’s D.L. Geary Brewing Co. Sold to Local Businessman

Maine’s D.L. Geary Brewing Co. Sold to Local Businessman

Maine’s D.L. Geary Brewing Co. has been sold to a Freeport businessman, the Portland Press Herald reported this week. Alan Lapoint has reportedly taken over management of Portland, Maine’s first craft brewery and plans to take over ownership of the brewery before the end of the year. A deal for the brewery was officially struck on Wednesday, the Press Herald reported, however a sale price was not disclosed.

A-B Threatens to Pull Sponsorship of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

A-B Threatens to Pull Sponsorship of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The world’s largest beer company has threatened to pullback a $2,500 sponsorship of South Boston’s famed St. Patrick’s Day Parade if organizers do not allow a group of gay war veterans to march. Anheuser-Busch InBev today said it would reconsider its support of the event after parade organizers, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, voted 9-4 on Tuesday to exclude OUTVETS, a non-political organization dedicated to honoring the service of LGBTQ veterans.

Beer Sales Slump in Early 2017

Beer Sales Slump in Early 2017

U.S. beer volume sales declined 1.2 percent through the first 50 days of the year, according to recent data from market research firm IRI Worldwide. The company, which tracks category-wide sales trends at off-premise retail outlets, said total beer dollar sales were up just 0.1 percent through February 19 in its multi-outlet and convenience (MULC) store universe (which includes grocery, drug, Wal-Mart, club, dollar, mass-merchandiser and military stores).

To Meet Growing Demand, Castle Island Expands Capacity

To Meet Growing Demand, Castle Island Expands Capacity

Massachusetts’ Castle Island Brewing Company has expanded its capacity for the second time in 15 months. Brewery founder and president Adam Romanow told Brewbound that increased demand for his company’s core beers — Candlepin Hoppy Session Ale and Keeper IPA — led to the installation of three new 60-barrel fermentation tanks that increased the brewery’s capacity to more than 13,000 barrels annually.

Up 21 Percent in San Diego, Coronado Plans 4th Location

Up 21 Percent in San Diego, Coronado Plans 4th Location

San Diego’s Coronado Brewing will expand its local presence with the purchase of a 15,000 sq. ft. building in Imperial Beach, the company announced last week. The new space — Coronado’s fourth location and its second in Imperial Beach — will include a 10-barrel brewhouse, a small distillery and a restaurant with seating for more than 300, brewery co-founder Rick Chapman told Brewbound.

Bell’s Brewery Begins Distributing to Houston, San Antonio

Bell’s Brewery Begins Distributing to Houston, San Antonio

Beers from Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery will officially land in Texas this month. The brewery has signed with Silver Eagle Distributors for coverage in Houston and San Antonio, and distribution will begin in early March.