Fly On the Wall: Austin Eastciders
FILED APRIL 29, 2016 What cider slowdown? One of the biggest regional cider producers, Austin Eastciders, is opening a new facility and gearing up to produce 30,000 barrels this year. The new space will allow them to hit the chains harder and seed more of the Northeast, so expect to see them in more markets soon. Did we mention hot pineapple and hopped flavors? We pinged co-founder Mark King for a fly on the wall. Here are Austin Eastciders 2016 plans, in his words: Read More
Fruit Salad Beers Currying F[l]avor
FILED APRIL 28, 2016 Sorry for the annoying title, but it speaks to some interesting style and flavor developments. Latest IRI to April 17 shows some interesting trends. The most top of mind for you editor involves the continued slowing growth of IPA. Sure, it's still gaining beaucoup dollar share, but not like it was. Particularly in supers: Here, for the latest 12 weeks, IPA is up 22.5% in dollars, and gained a little more than 3 dollar share of craft. That's quite impressive, but consider that 52-week numbers show 33% dollar growth and almost 4 dollar share of craft gained. Read More
Austin Beerworks Does 20,000 Barrels in a 15-Mile Radius
FILED APRIL 27, 2016 Talk about opportunity: This time next year, Austin Beerworks' workspace will be three times its current size. Read More
Not All NC Brewers are Worried about Self-Distribution Cap: In Fact, Most Aren't
FILED APRIL 26, 2016 North Carolina, like a lot of states, has a self-distribution cap that forces brewers in the state to partner with a wholesaler once they eclipse a certain mark in production. That threshold is 25,000 barrels in The Tar Heel State, and the majority of the state's brewers are nowhere near this limit. But there are a few that are knocking on the door, specifically, NoDa Brewing, Old Mecklenburg in Charlotte and Greensboro's Red Oak Brewery. Read More
The Latest in Online Beer Trends
FILED APRIL 25, 2016 Many producers talk about the increasing importance of technology in beer sales. But allow us to try and help quantify that. Drizly, one of the largest players in the on-demand alcohol delivery space, started in two markets in 2013. They're now in 20 markets, with hopes to be in 30 by year's end. Read More
ABI Snags Popular Italian Craft Brewer Birra del Borgo
FILED APRIL 22, 2016 Ever-acquisitive Anheuser-Busch InBev is at it again, this time with a craft purchase overseas, albeit one pretty well known to U.S. craft beer fans. Read More
Boston Q1 Depletions Down 5%; Outlook Revised to Between Down 4% and up 2%
FILED APRIL 21, 2016 Boston's last round of earnings have been underwhelming for a brewer who has in recent years posted double-digit depletions growth, even on a large base. Recall that their Q4 earnings saw depletions and core shipments down 3% (though shipments and depletions were up 4% for 2015). Their 2016 outlook was a modest growth projection of mid-single digits for shipments and depletions. But they seeded innovations like Rebel Grapefruit and Nitro offerings in Q1 to help combat those trends. Read More
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