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Brewers Association Survey: Beer-to-Go Buoyed Craft Brewers in Q3, But Recovery Still Distant

Brewers Association Survey: Beer-to-Go Buoyed Craft Brewers in Q3, But Recovery Still Distant

Craft brewers’ sales improved during the third quarter of 2020, but are still far off from where they were in 2019, according to a new analysis by Brewers Association (BA) chief economist Bart Watson. Combining several datasets tracking on-premise sales, Watson found that Q3 sales fell 22% below baseline, a marked improvement over Q2’s 45% below baseline.

Aluminum Cans Sold Out for Another 2 to 3 Years, According to Credit Suisse Analysis

Aluminum Cans Sold Out for Another 2 to 3 Years, According to Credit Suisse Analysis

In its first analysis of the U.S. packaging industry, financial services firm Credit Suisse said its medium-term outlook of the industry is “bullish.” The can industry is being strained from several directions, as the COVID-19 pandemic’s restrictions on the on-premise channel has shifted a chunk of Americans’ beer consumption from draft to cans and new product introductions, including those in the $3.49 billion hard seltzer industry, lean heavily toward cans. Additionally, can production has slowed over several years.

Ballast Point to Shutter Chicago Brewpub on October 24

Ballast Point to Shutter Chicago Brewpub on October 24

Ballast Point Brewing Company today announced the indefinite closure of its Chicago brewpub, effective October 24, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rob Tod’s Advice to Massachusetts Breweries: Stick Together, Get Involved

Rob Tod’s Advice to Massachusetts Breweries: Stick Together, Get Involved

Rob Tod, the founder of Portland, Maine-based Allagash Brewing, cautioned attendees of the virtual Mass Brewers Guild conference that they’ll need to lean on each other for support. “Are we going into a time of headwinds and has COVID accelerated it? I would argue yes,” Tod said. “But I would argue also that it’s more important than ever to stick together right now.”

Vermont’s Fiddlehead Brewing Invests $6 Million to Triple Capacity

Vermont’s Fiddlehead Brewing Invests $6 Million to Triple Capacity

In the midst of the pandemic when many other brewers’ futures seem uncertain, Fiddlehead Brewing has announced a $6 million expansion project that will triple its capacity and help the Shelburne, Vermont-based brewery add three new states to its footprint.

Harpoon to Pulse Dunkin’ Donuts Mix Pack Due to Can Crunch

Harpoon to Pulse Dunkin’ Donuts Mix Pack Due to Can Crunch

After a well-received launch, Harpoon Brewery will stagger sales of its seasonal collaboration variety pack with Dunkin’ Donuts, due to a short supply of cans. “Demand for this package has significantly exceeded expectations,” Dan Kenary, CEO of Harpoon’s parent company, Mass. Bay Brewing Company, told Brewbound.

San Diego’s Societe Brewing Goes ‘Pedal to the Metal,’ Triples in Size

San Diego’s Societe Brewing Goes ‘Pedal to the Metal,’ Triples in Size

When California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order and shut down on-premise bars and restaurants to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, 92% of San Diego-based Societe Brewing’s business was draft beer. The shutdown stopped the 1,000 tap handles pouring Societe’s beer at 700 San Diego restaurants and bars from flowing. Societe, like so many other small craft breweries, was left scrambling to figure out how to continue on.

Nielsen Summer Recap: Hard Seltzer Drives Beer Category Growth

Nielsen Summer Recap: Hard Seltzer Drives Beer Category Growth

If Summer 2019 was the season hard seltzer found its footing, Summer 2020 was the year it blasted off. Off-premise dollar sales of hard seltzer between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends this year reached $1.75 billion — a full $1.1 billion more than the same period last year, according to market research firm Nielsen.