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Brewers Association’s State of the Industry: Overall Alcohol Consumption Steady; Premiumization Persists

Brewers Association’s State of the Industry: Overall Alcohol Consumption Steady; Premiumization Persists

Brewers Association (BA) chief economist Bart Watson this week delivered his annual state of the industry report virtually for the second time, due to the 2020 cancellation and 2021 postponement of the Craft Brewers Conference, now slated to take place this fall. In 2020, the nation’s 8,764 craft breweries posted a 9% decline in beer volume, so Watson delved into the market forces and consumer trends that led to the first volume decline recorded in BA history during a webinar for members.

Last Call: Sierra Nevada to Reopen Taprooms in May; GoPuff Raises $1.1B, More Than Doubles Valuation

Last Call: Sierra Nevada to Reopen Taprooms in May; GoPuff Raises $1.1B, More Than Doubles Valuation

Sierra Nevada has announced it will reopen its breweries in Chico, California, and Mills River, North Carolina, to the public in May after what will be a 14-month hiatus from on-site service, according to a report in the Chico Enterprise-Record. Philadelphia-headquartered, on-demand delivery platform goPuff announced the completion of a $1.15 billion fundraising round earlier this week.

Yonder Cider and Bale Breaker Brewing to Open Joint Taproom in Seattle

Yonder Cider and Bale Breaker Brewing to Open Joint Taproom in Seattle

A cidermaker and a craft brewer wanted to open a bar, so they founded a distillery. It’s complicated, but it’s the origin story behind the Bale Breaker and Yonder Taproom, set to open this summer in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, thanks to a piece of legislation passed in 2020.

Last Call: Catawba Acquires Skytown Beer in North Carolina; Boulder Beer Returns to 24 States

Last Call: Catawba Acquires Skytown Beer in North Carolina; Boulder Beer Returns to 24 States

Morganton, North Carolina-based Catawba Brewing Company acquired Skytown Beer Company, a brewpub in Wilmington, North Carolina, in a deal that closed February 10. Fifteen months after retrenching to focus on its brewpub, Boulder Beer’s portfolio will return to distribution in 28 states through a partnership with Stem Ciders and contract brewer Sleeping Giant in Denver.

Revolution and Trillium Shutter Taprooms for On-Site Service Until Spring 2021

Revolution and Trillium Shutter Taprooms for On-Site Service Until Spring 2021

Two more popular craft breweries have announced that their taprooms will be hibernating this winter as colder weather makes outdoor service infeasible, and COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide. Chicago-headquartered Revolution Brewing and Canton, Massachusetts-based Trillium Brewing both said this week that they will be temporarily shuttering their locations for on-premise service through the winter.

Brewery Openings: Jolly Pumpkin Opens Ninth Location; Uinta Airport Pub Debuts; Other Half Expands to Washington, D.C.

Brewery Openings: Jolly Pumpkin Opens Ninth Location; Uinta Airport Pub Debuts; Other Half Expands to Washington, D.C.

Dexter, Michigan-based Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales has opened a new cafe and brewery in East Lansing, Michigan, the company’s ninth location. Uinta Brewing’s new pub at Salt Lake City International Airport marks its first offsite expansion since opening in 1993. Brooklyn, New York-headquartered Other Half Brewing opened its third brewery and taproom in Washington, D.C., last week.

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.

Surly Management, Workers Agree to Union Election

Surly Management, Workers Agree to Union Election

Surly Brewing management and workers attempting to organize a union at the Minneapolis-based craft brewery have reached an agreement on a union election after several weeks of negotiations, Unite Here Local 17 announced Thursday.

Philadelphia-Based Dock Street Brewing Changes Front-of-House Service Model

Philadelphia-Based Dock Street Brewing Changes Front-of-House Service Model

After some tense weeks of picketing and negotiating, Philadelphia-based Dock Street Brewing announced it would change its service model so that front-of-house employees at its West Philadelphia location would be paid regular hourly wages, rather than relying on tips.