Craft Beer News, Events & Jobs

Kirin Holdings-Owned Lion Group Hires Simon Thorpe to Lead US Craft Unit

Kirin Holdings-Owned Lion Group Hires Simon Thorpe to Lead US Craft Unit

Longtime beer industry veteran Simon Thorpe has been tapped to lead the North American craft beer division of Kirin Holdings-owned and Australia-based Lion Pty Limited, announced today. The former Pabst Brewing CEO will serve as the managing director of Lion’s mostly undeveloped U.S. craft business.

Red Bull Terminates 3 Massachusetts Wholesalers, Leading to ‘Mass Layoff’ at Burke

Red Bull Terminates 3 Massachusetts Wholesalers, Leading to ‘Mass Layoff’ at Burke

Red Bull North America this week announced it would terminate distribution contracts with three Massachusetts beer and non-alcoholic beverage wholesalers in June, as it transitions to a self-distribution model for off-premise accounts. The energy drink maker also announced it would transfer its on-premise business to wine and spirits distributor Martignetti Companies.

As Rumors of Financial Woes Persist, Celis Brewery’s Future Remains Uncertain

As Rumors of Financial Woes Persist, Celis Brewery’s Future Remains Uncertain

Rumors of financial troubles, layoffs and a possible bankruptcy filing have swirled around the Celis Brewery in Austin, Texas, for the better part of 2019, and more information about the company’s future could be revealed in the coming days. A new investor group led by a beer industry outsider is reportedly considering a deal to acquire the distressed brewery, Brewbound has learned.

Brewbound Podcast Episode 34: Nikos Ridge on Acquisitions, Debt Management and the Future of Craft

Brewbound Podcast Episode 34: Nikos Ridge on Acquisitions, Debt Management and the Future of Craft

In episode 34 of the Brewbound Podcast, Ridge shares his vision for the Legacy Breweries platform and explains some of the transaction options that are available to brewery owners. He also discusses how the proliferation of smaller craft breweries is impacting regional breweries, Ninkasi’s new hard seltzer offering, and how he sees the better-for-you alcohol space developing.

Canada’s Moosehead Breweries Enters Cannabis Sector in JV with Sproutly

Canada’s Moosehead Breweries Enters Cannabis Sector in JV with Sproutly

Canada’s oldest and largest independent brewery is getting into the cannabis business. Moosehead Breweries Limited and Sproutly Canada, which aims to become the leading supplier of water-soluble cannabis solutions, yesterday announced their intent to form an exclusive joint venture that will develop, produce and market cannabis-infused beverages.

Molson Coors’ US Shipments, Depletions Decline in Q1

Molson Coors’ US Shipments, Depletions Decline in Q1

Worldwide sales of Molson Coors offerings in the first quarter declined 1.2 percent, to $2.3 billion, the company reported today. Molson Coors reported a 4.7 percent decline in worldwide brand volumes, to 18.2 million hectoliters. Nevertheless, the company’s net sales per hectoliter increased 2.3 percent through March 31.

As More Brewers Buy on Spot, Brewers Association Suggests Contracting for Hops

As More Brewers Buy on Spot, Brewers Association Suggests Contracting for Hops

A growing number of U.S. craft breweries are not locking in long-term hops contracts and that leaves those companies vulnerable as supply tightens, according to industry trade group the Brewers Association (BA), which surveyed 250 members to gain insight into how beer makers are managing one of the industry’s most important raw materials.

Veteran New Belgium Communications Director to Depart on May 10

Veteran New Belgium Communications Director to Depart on May 10

Longtime New Belgium Brewing spokesman Bryan Simpson will depart the company on May 10, Brewbound has learned. Leah Pilcer-Pitman, who most recently served as New Belgium’s director of retail development and strategy, will supplant Simpson as director of communications.

Meeting of the Malts: Pennsylvania Craft Beer Production Tops in the Nation

Meeting of the Malts: Pennsylvania Craft Beer Production Tops in the Nation

For the third consecutive year, Pennsylvania produced more craft beer than any other state in the nation, Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson shared during the Brewers of Pennsylvania’s annual Meeting of the Malts gathering in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Boston Beer Loads Up Wholesalers with Truly for the Summer

Boston Beer Loads Up Wholesalers with Truly for the Summer

Boston Beer Company’s first-quarter shipments increased 32.5 percent, to a record 1.1 million barrels, in an effort to supply its wholesalers with about six weeks of Truly Hard Seltzer ahead of the summer selling season.

Craft Brew Alliance Agrees to Settle Kona Labeling Dispute

Craft Brew Alliance Agrees to Settle Kona Labeling Dispute

Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) has agreed to settle a years-long class action lawsuit over alleged “false and deceptive advertising” of its Kona Brewing beer brand. In an SEC filing, the publicly traded Portland, Oregon-based craft beer company said it expects to incur costs of about $4.7 million to settle the dispute, which surfaced in early 2017.