Dear Client:   The sale of Modern Times Beer is underway and emerging as a suitor of the California company is fellow Top 50 craft brewer, Maui Brewing. HOW WE GOT HERE. Modern Times, which publicly stated that it faced an “unsustainable” financial state back in February, “voluntarily entered into a California receivership” on April … Continue reading “Maui Brewing Emerges as Bidder for Modern Times Beer”

Dear Client:   The May/June edition of The New Brewer aka the annual Industry Review issue has hit, giving us a detailed look at how craft brewers of all shapes and sizes performed in 2021. By now, you know the big picture from 2021: total craft volume (as defined by the Brewers Association) grew 8% … Continue reading “The Standout Regionals in 2021”

Dear Client:   Growth for the country’s fastest-growing brewery, Athletic Brewing, rolls on, as the brewer has just announced a move that should send its on-premise business flying. Indeed, the leading non-alc craft brewer has struck a partnership with America’s largest on-premise beer chain buyer, Buffalo Wild Wings, which will result in over 1,000 B-Dubs … Continue reading “Buffalo Wild Wings Brings on Athletic’s Flagship Beers Nationwide”

Dear Client:   In his first interview since becoming chief of A-B’s Brewers Collective –and also leading the company’s Premium/Super Premium portfolio under a new commercial structure –High End Business Unit chief Andy Thomas shared his blueprints for summer and beyond.  If you know Andy, such blueprints are always informed by 30,000-foot measures on the … Continue reading “A-B’s High End Chief Andy Thomas Peers Into a Hazy Crystal Ball”

Dear Client:   Bishop Cider is making big moves. The Dallas-based company announced a pair of Texas brewery acquisitions this morning – including Fort Worth-based Wild Acre and Arlington’s Legal Draft – as well as the procurement of several properties for new entertainment concepts in the Metroplex area. BISHOP BACKGROUND. If the 20,000-barrel cider brand … Continue reading “Bishop Cider Going Big: Strikes Two Brewery Acquisitions and Plans Several New Locations”

Dear Client:   Seltzer is looking rather sluggish in 2022, but Boston Beer brass doesn’t believe that that will prevent them from putting together a positive year this year, per note from Goldman Sachs analyst Bonnie Herzog covering company founder Jim Koch’s presentation at the Global Staples Forum earlier this week. The company is still … Continue reading “Boston Maintains it Can Still Achieve a Positive Year Without Truly Growth”

Dear Client:   A pair of cases for attorney Marc Randazza and the two craft breweries he has been representing – Flying Dog and Sycamore Brewing – came to a close in North Carolina Federal Courts this past Friday.  The conclusions of those cases?  Flying Dog emerged victorious in its First Amendment dispute with the … Continue reading “Flying Dog Wins First Amendment Fight; Sycamore/Stone Suddenly Settle”

Dear Client:   Spencer Brewery, the “first and only certified” Trappist brewery in the U.S., has announced its closure. The monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey – the Spencer, Massachusetts-based monastery that houses the brewery – explained in a press release over the weekend that “after more than a year of consultation and reflection… [they] have … Continue reading “The Only Trappist Brewery in the U.S., Announces It’s “Time to Close””

Dear Client:   Longtime California craft brewer, Moonlight Brewing, no longer has any ties to Lagunitas/Heineken. The half owned by Heineken, which it came into after Lagunitas entered into a joint venture with Moonlight back in 2016, has been purchased by The Bruery founder, Patrick Rue. Recall that Patrick is more than just The Bruery … Continue reading “Heineken’s Half of Moonlight Brewing Purchased by Bruery Founder, Patrick Rue”

Dear Client:   According to the BWC company, there are roughly 1,189 RTD spirits brands in tracked off-premise channels, YTD to 4/23. That’s up 21% vs. the same period last year – and already higher than 2021’s full-year count of 1,175.  Clearly, despite the segment’s triple-digit growth rates, it takes some serious differentiation to stand … Continue reading “An OG Spirits RTD With Serious Edge: Fishers Island Lemonade”

Dear Client:   Molson Coors has appointed Jeff Agase as the new chief of its craft division, Tenth & Blake. The company’s blog paints Jeff as a sharp individual (Harvard Law School graduate), with a deep understanding of Molson Coors business (having spent the past 12 years at the company) and its craft partners (serving … Continue reading “Molson Coors Names Jeff Agase as New Head of Tenth & Blake”

Dear Client:   Sparkling hard tea brand Owl’s Brew is making big moves.  The company just announced that it is opening the Ohio market with giant Bud houses, House of LaRose and Heidelberg (which is also a big wine & spirits wholesaler, recently acquired by Redwood Capital Investments). Owl’s Brew is also launching a 19.2oz … Continue reading “Owl’s Brew Hits Ohio with Heidelberg and House of LaRose”

Dear Client:   Historic Cincinnati beer brands like Christian Moerlein, Hudepohl and Little Kings have once again come under new ownership, per the Cincinnati Business Courier. Cincinnati Beverage Co. or CinBev, the company in control of the brands for the past couple years, confirmed to the outlet that they have indeed sold, but did not … Continue reading “Cincy’s Historic Beer Brands in New Hands Again, As CinBev Acquired”

Dear Client:   A longstanding player in the Austin craft beer scene says it’s closing for good later this year. Adelbert’s Brewery, which set up shop in North Austin a little over a decade ago, recently took to its Instagram page to share that it will be “pushed out of” its current location after Halloween … Continue reading “Austin’s Adelbert’s Brewery to Close for Good”

Dear Client:   As we pull ourselves out of a pandemic and into an uncertain world rife with economic and social challenges ranging from inflation, to racial and gender injustices, all the way to up to full-blown war, the 2022 Craft Brewers Conference contained messages of resilience and hope. The General Sessions contained impactful messages … Continue reading “CBC 2022: Staying Optimistic, Finding Purpose and Celebrating Industry Leaders”