Distribution

Anheuser-Busch to Sell Colorado Distribution Operation to Georgia A-B Wholesaler

Anheuser-Busch to Sell Colorado Distribution Operation to Georgia A-B Wholesaler

Anheuser-Busch is selling off its Colorado-based wholly owned distribution (WOD) branch. The world’s largest beer manufacturer today announced an agreement to sell its Colorado distribution operations to Norcross, Georgia-based Eagle Rock Distributing, which will expand its operations to Colorado. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. An A-B spokesperson said the company would transition more… Read more »

Yuengling, Molson Coors Leaders Discuss New Joint Venture

Yuengling, Molson Coors Leaders Discuss New Joint Venture

The leaders of D.G. Yuengling & Sons Inc. and Molson Coors Beverage Company say the smuggling of beer is alive and well. “Just as is the case with a certain brand out of Golden, Colorado, more than a few people have smuggled Yuengling across state lines in the trunk of their car,” Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley said, drawing a comparison to the demand for Coors beer in the 1970s.

Night Shift Distributing to Expand Operations to Connecticut in Mid-October

Night Shift Distributing to Expand Operations to Connecticut in Mid-October

Massachusetts-headquartered Night Shift Distributing is moving into Connecticut in mid-October. Michael Oxton and Rob Burns, who co-founded the brewery in 2012 and the wholesaler in 2016 with Michael O’Mara, told Brewbound today that they plan to build the distribution business in the neighboring New England state from the ground up, similar to how they did in Massachusetts.

Last Call: Some Florida Bars to Reopen at Half Capacity Monday; Union Craft Takes Action on Harassment Claims

Last Call: Some Florida Bars to Reopen at Half Capacity Monday; Union Craft Takes Action on Harassment Claims

Some Florida bars and breweries that don’t serve food will be able to reopen for service at 50% capacity on Monday. Halsey Beshears, Florida’s secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, tweeted Thursday evening that Gov. Ron DeSantis had rescinded the executive order that forced them to close in June.

Atlantic Beverage Distributors Acquires Non-Alc Business From Bayside Distributors

Atlantic Beverage Distributors Acquires Non-Alc Business From Bayside Distributors

Atlantic — a Holliston, Massachusetts-based craft beer, wine and spirits importer and wholesaler — announced today the acquisition of the operations of Bayside Distributors, which is also based in Holliston. The transaction will add 400,000 cases and $10 million in additional revenue to Atlantic’s business. Atlantic currently distributes 1.5 million cases of product.

Florida Brewer Advocates for Self-Distribution to Support Small Breweries

Florida Brewer Advocates for Self-Distribution to Support Small Breweries

Craft brewers have availed themselves of several lifelines since the COVID-19 pandemic sent the beer industry into turmoil. They include the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, curbside beer-to-go sales and, in some cases, delivery to consumers’ homes.

Last Call: License Suspended for NY’s Oldest Beer Garden; Hard Seltzer Off-Premise Sales Expected to Pass Craft

Last Call: License Suspended for NY’s Oldest Beer Garden; Hard Seltzer Off-Premise Sales Expected to Pass Craft

The liquor license of New York City’s oldest beer garden — The Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall in Astoria — has been suspended for violating the state’s COVID-19 guidelines. Meanwhile, Dollar sales of hard seltzers in off-premise retailers will soon surpass craft beer sales, Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson reported recently, citing data from market research firm IRI.

Massachusetts Legislative Session Extended, Leaving Hope for Franchise Law Reform

Massachusetts Legislative Session Extended, Leaving Hope for Franchise Law Reform

The clock seemed to expire last week on Massachusetts craft brewers’ hopes of finally achieving franchise law reform. After finally reaching a compromise with wholesalers after a decade of contentious negotiations, the measure (S. 2841) unanimously passed the Senate but couldn’t get out of the House Ways and Means Committee before the expiration of the legislative session last Friday.