California

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.”

Reyes Strikes Again, Agrees to Acquire Redding Distributing in Northern California

Reyes Strikes Again, Agrees to Acquire Redding Distributing in Northern California

The Reyes Beer Division remains a very active acquirer in the state of California. The largest beer wholesaler in the U.S. continued to add to its business in the state today as its Harbor Distributing subsidiary signed an agreement to acquire Redding Distributing Company in Northern California.

Stone Distributing Takes Over Former Markstein Warehouse in San Marcos

Stone Distributing Takes Over Former Markstein Warehouse in San Marcos

Stone Distributing Company teased a move to a larger distribution center last week. The distribution arm of San Diego’s Stone Brewing Company today officially announced the move of its operations to the former Markstein Beverage Co. warehouse in San Marcos.

Distribution Roundup: Fort Point Beer Company Ends Self-Distribution in Bay Area.; Bell’s Brewery Partners with Classic Beverage in SoCal; Trillium Direct Ships to NH, VT

Distribution Roundup: Fort Point Beer Company Ends Self-Distribution in Bay Area.; Bell’s Brewery Partners with Classic Beverage in SoCal; Trillium Direct Ships to NH, VT

San Francisco-based Fort Point Beer Company has ended its 6-year-old self-distribution operation and sold the rights to distribute its brands to Matagrano Inc. in the Bay Area. Offerings from Bell’s Brewery will be sold by Classic Beverage in Southern California, following the acquisition of Bell’s brand rights by the City of Industry-headquartered wholesaler, which purchased Craft Beer Guild from Sheehan Family Companies.

California Craft Brewers Association Sues Governor Newsom Over Inequitable Treatment

California Craft Brewers Association Sues Governor Newsom Over Inequitable Treatment

The California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director Sandra Shewry alleging that the state has infringed upon the constitutional rights and denied the state’s beer manufacturers equal protection by requiring them to serve a meal to guests in order to operate their tasting rooms while not imposing the same restrictions upon the state’s winemakers.

California Independent Beer Wholesalers Launch New Association

California Independent Beer Wholesalers Launch New Association

In the wake of several terminations by a handful of larger beer suppliers over the last two years, a group of California beer wholesalers have launched a new association, the California Family Beer Distributors (CFBD).

California Regional Stay Home Order Forces Breweries to Close for On-Site Service; CCBA Considers Options

California Regional Stay Home Order Forces Breweries to Close for On-Site Service; CCBA Considers Options

As COVID-19 cases spike, California has enacted a new regional stay home order that went into effect Sunday night and affects 85% of the state’s population. Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new system that would trigger regional stay home orders when hospitals’ projected intensive care unit capacity dips below 15%. That threshold was met Sunday in the Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions.

People Moves: Dr. J Jackson-Beckham Takes Full-Time Role with BA; CCBA Appoints New Executive Director

People Moves: Dr. J Jackson-Beckham Takes Full-Time Role with BA; CCBA Appoints New Executive Director

Dr. J Jackson-Beckham has joined the Brewers Association (BA) as equity and inclusion partner, a new full-time role created to “help promote greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the craft brewing industry,” according to a press release. Following the retirement of long-time executive director Tom McCormick, the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) has hired Lori Ajax as its next executive director, effective January 4, 2021.