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Firestone Walker Set to Finish 2021 +20%

Firestone Walker Set to Finish 2021 +20%

Firestone Walker Brewing Company is sailing into 2022 “with the wind at our back,” co-founder David Walker said in an intro video to the company’s annual business plan presentation, streamed virtually to distributor and retailer partners late last month. Current projections place the Paso Robles, California-headquartered craft brewery finishing 2021 up about +20%, Walker said, despite the continued challenges of the pandemic.

Los Angeles County to Require Proof of Vaccination for Indoor Breweries, Wineries, Bars, Clubs and Major Events

Los Angeles County to Require Proof of Vaccination for Indoor Breweries, Wineries, Bars, Clubs and Major Events

Los Angeles County will require proof of vaccination to be shown before patrons can enter breweries, wineries, indoor bars, nightclubs and lounges, according to FOX11. LA County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the LA County Board of Supervisors Wednesday that the order will require patrons to have at least one dose of a vaccine for COVID-19 by October 7. Both doses will be required by November 4.

Legal Roundup: Sierra Nevada Counter Sues Matagrano; Grupo Modelo-Constellation Brands Lawsuit Continues

Legal Roundup: Sierra Nevada Counter Sues Matagrano; Grupo Modelo-Constellation Brands Lawsuit Continues

Sierra Nevada has filed a counter lawsuit against Matagrano, Inc., the Chico-headquartered craft brewery’s former South San Francisco-based wholesaler, in the Superior Court of the state of California, County of San Mateo. The trademark lawsuit between Constellation Brands and Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Grupo Modelo over the former’s ability to produce and sell Corona Hard Seltzer will continue, despite Constellation’s motion to dismiss, a federal judge ruled this week.

Stone Brewing Celebrates 25 Years; Launches Fan Vote For 2022 Release

Stone Brewing Celebrates 25 Years; Launches Fan Vote For 2022 Release

Stone Brewing is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year by getting nostalgic. May 10, the Escondido-headquartered craft brewery will be launching its “comeback” anniversary campaign, asking fans to vote for their favorite past Stone brews to come back in 2022.

Matagrano Files Breach of Contract Lawsuit Against Sierra Nevada, Following Termination

Matagrano Files Breach of Contract Lawsuit Against Sierra Nevada, Following Termination

Matagrano, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. alleging the Chico-headquartered craft brewery breached the companies’ contract when it terminated its relationship with the South San Francisco-based wholesaler on April 2. In a lawsuit filed in Superior Court of the state of California on April 23, 20 years to the day after Sierra Nevada signed on with Matagrano for distribution, the wholesaler alleged that “as a result of defendant’s breach of the distributorship agreement, Matagrano has been damaged in an amount not yet ascertained, but which exceeds $8 million.”

CCBA Legislative Update: DTC Shipping, Pandemic-Driven To-Go Sales

CCBA Legislative Update: DTC Shipping, Pandemic-Driven To-Go Sales

California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) executive director Lori Ajax and lobbyist Chris Walker shared the progress the organization has made on behalf of the state’s craft breweries yesterday during what board chair Lynne Weaver called the “second and hopefully last” virtual conference. California is home to 958 craft breweries, which produced 3.3 million barrels in 2020, making it No. 1 in craft beer production nationwide.

Firestone Walker Strikes Deal with SLO Brewing for Cali-Squeeze Brand

Firestone Walker Strikes Deal with SLO Brewing for Cali-Squeeze Brand

Firestone Walker has reached a deal to acquire the Cali-Squeeze brand from SLO Brewing Co. Firestone Walker added that it has been “historically reluctant to develop beers outside the traditional footprint.” Nevertheless, the company has toyed with fruited beers but ultimately “recognized that Cali-Squeeze already had everything we were looking for.”