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Washington Wholesalers Owed $21 Million After Losing Pabst Business

Washington Wholesalers Owed $21 Million After Losing Pabst Business

Ten months after Pabst Brewing Company terminated agreements with three Washington wholesalers, an arbitrator has determined that Columbia Distributing — which was awarded the distribution rights to several Pabst brands last February — owes a combined $21.2 million to The Odom Corporation, Craig Stein Beverage, and Marine View Beverage.

Dogfish Head Expands Distribution to Louisiana

Dogfish Head Expands Distribution to Louisiana

Starting this month, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will begin selling its beer in Louisiana, extending its footprint to 38 states and Washington, D.C.

Summit Brewing Looks to Rebound in 2018

Summit Brewing Looks to Rebound in 2018

After slashing 10 percent of his workforce at the end of last year, Summit Brewing founder Mark Stutrud said his company is heading into 2018 with an increased focus on selling more sessionable core products while simultaneously strengthening its local presence in Minnesota.

Taste Radio Ep. 90: Meg Gill on Life After Acquisition

Taste Radio Ep. 90: Meg Gill on Life After Acquisition

Two years after selling her startup to Anheuser-Busch InBev, Meg Gill, the co-founder of Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing, can’t imagine life without the support of the world’s largest beer company. “There’s a lot of complexities involved with a big partner, but it’s been an amazing journey for us,” she recently told BevNET’s Taste Radio podcast.

Watch: Startup Brewery Challenge 9 Pitches from Brewbound Session Winter 2017

Watch: Startup Brewery Challenge 9 Pitches from Brewbound Session Winter 2017

Last month, San Diego’s Novo Brazil Brewing was named the winner of Startup Brewery Challenge 9, held during the Brewbound Session conference in Santa Monica, California. But the business pitch competition – which gives entrepreneurs four minutes to showcase their brands for a chance to win $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Portland, Oregon – also featured four other emerging brands.

Massachusetts Task Force: Brewers Deserve Right to Terminate Distributors Without Cause

Massachusetts Task Force: Brewers Deserve Right to Terminate Distributors Without Cause

A task force formed earlier this year to examine Massachusetts’ decades-old alcohol laws has unveiled a lengthy report that offers 37 recommendations to “improve the operations” of the state’s Alcohol Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). The suggestions — which the task force made after reviewing laws in other states and meeting with ABCC officials, alcohol industry members and consumers — include modernizing franchise laws, increasing excise taxes and clarifying pay-to-play rules.

New Belgium CEO Discusses 2018 Strategy

New Belgium CEO Discusses 2018 Strategy

New Belgium will finish 2017 “flat to slightly up,” which newly appointed CEO Steve Fechheimer considers a victory in a crowded craft beer industry that has slowed to single-digit growth.

Crooked Stave Credits Transition to Cans with Increased Sales

Crooked Stave Credits Transition to Cans with Increased Sales

Crooked Stave owner Chad Yakobson wants his wild and sour ales to be more “approachable and available” in 2018. To that end, the Denver-based brewery began transitioning a handful of its core releases from large-format bottles into 6-packs of 12 oz. cans earlier this year.

Brewbound Voices: Conquering COLAs with ‘The Beer Label Guy’

Brewbound Voices: Conquering COLAs with ‘The Beer Label Guy’

In his column for Brewbound Voices, Andrew Zender, the founder of ‘The Beer Label Guy,’ highlights some of the common mistakes that can slow the beer label approval process and outlines some of the label changes that require breweries to submit a new COLA.

Brewbound Voices: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Explored

Brewbound Voices: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Explored

Lawrence A. Katz is a shareholder and Kristen E. Burgers is a principal in the Tysons, Virginia, office of Hirschler Fleischer. In their column for Brewbound Voices, Katz and Burgers provide an overview of the bankruptcy process and discuss the tools available to a debtor in bankruptcy.

Up 34 Percent, Founders Brewing Eyes 625,000 Barrels in 2018

Up 34 Percent, Founders Brewing Eyes 625,000 Barrels in 2018

Propelled by the continued growth of flagship session offering All Day IPA, Founders Brewing reported this week that it would produce approximately 468,000 barrels of beer in 2017, up from about 348,000 last year. The Michigan-based craft brewery, which sold a 30 percent stake to Spain’s Mahou San Miguel Brewery in late 2014, and now ranks as the ninth largest brewery in the U.S., was “pleasantly surprised” to exceed its initial projections, co-founder and CEO Mike Stevens told Brewbound.