Dear Client: Today, Chicago-based Revolution Brewing is announcing their move West of the Mississippi.  They’re opening Iowa and Minnesota with wine/spirits/beer house, Johnson Brothers of Iowa, and Artisan Beer Company (which is Johnson Bros’ Minnesota craft beer arm). They’ll launch Iowa in March and Minnesota in April, in time for the Craft Brewers Conference, which … Continue reading “Revolution Brewing Opening Iowa and Minnesota with Johnson Brothers”

Dear Client: Meanwhile, in another edition of “Real Life, or The Onion?…” After news of the Monster/CANarchy tie-up hit, the Brewers Association sent out a statement clarifying that CANarchy is still considered a craft brewer under its definition, despite the fact that the brewer will likely be fully owned by one of the largest global … Continue reading “BA: CANarchy Still a Craft Brewer For Now”

Dear Client: One of the largest craft brewery platforms, CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective, was acquired today by one of the top beverage companies, Monster Beverage. News hit this morning that Monster has struck a definitive agreement to acquire CANarchy, which produced nearly 490,000 barrels in 2020, for $330 million in cash. The deal is expected … Continue reading “CANarchy to be Acquired by Monster for $330 Million”

Dear Client: The year-end report card for craft in scans is here, and as you could have guessed, craft did indeed finish 2021 in the red. The segment saw volume fall 6.6% and dollars drop 4.6% YTD, per IRI multi-outlet and convenience data ending December 26. It lost 0.49 points of dollar share YTD, representing … Continue reading “The Year-End Report Card for Off-Premise Craft”

Dear Client: With a brand-new line of colorful, dynamic beyond beer drinks, a still-hot IPA brand and a new CEO, Rhinegeist is poised to have as hot a year (and beyond) as any.  We got on the phone with co-founder Bryant Goulding and VP of sales Matt Steinke to pick their brains about the theory … Continue reading “How RGBevs Could Help Rhinegeist Reach New Drinkers (and Markets)”

Dear Client: US Beverage, a sales and marketing company representing everything from Innis & Gunn to Malibu Splash, today announced it has formed a joint venture to acquire Utah’s largest independent craft brewer, 29-year-old Uinta Brewing.   Details were sparse and price wasn’t disclosed. But the companies said that Uinta leadership, operations and staff will remain … Continue reading “US Beverage Acquires Uinta Brewing”

Dear Client: The expansions keep on coming for North Carolina’s Hi-Wire Brewing. The brewer – which has opened three new outposts within the past 13 months, including a taproom in Wilmington, N.C., its first KY-based taproom in Louisville, and a third location in its hometown of Asheville that’s part beer garden and part distribution center … Continue reading “Hi-Wire Hoping to Hit 30,000 Barrels This Year”

Dear Client: Here’s a heads up to readers: in 2022 and beyond, Craft Business Daily will cover the beyond beer space more than ever before. It makes sense, since many such beverages are in the spirit of “craft” made: Their makers are very often small, coming from independent startup beginnings, whether spirits or malt-based.  But … Continue reading “More Big Beyond Beer Brands Coming, from Coke and Constellation to Molson Coors and Beyond”

Dear Client: A couple months back, the world’s largest can manufacturer, Ball Corporation, informed its brewery customers that the minimum order on printed cans would increase significantly at the start of the New Year. Starting January 1, brewery customers would have to order five truckloads worth of cans instead of one, according to the November … Continue reading “Ball Postpones New Minimum Order Requirements for Non-Contracted Customers to March 1”

Dear Client: Sierra Nevada is taking its signature hoppiness to the sparkling water space. The brewer has announced a new product, Hop Splash, a sparkling hop-infused water, on its webpage, available for pre-order to ship to the contiguous U.S. starting this week. It’s $10 a 6-pack.  It’s a non-alcoholic, zero-calorie beverage with “an IPA-inspired hop … Continue reading “Sierra Rolls a Hoppy Sparkling Water”

Dear Client: Tilray-owned SweetWater Brewing Co. has today announced the acquisition of Green Flash and Alpine Beer, San Diego-based makers of well-known West Coast IPA brands.  The company lauded Green Flash and Alpine’s “high-quality and highly-respected craft brew staples that seamlessly join SweetWater’s portfolio of flavorful and innovative craft brews and heady lifestyle,” particularly as … Continue reading “Tilray’s SweetWater Buying Green Flash and Alpine Beer”

Dear Client: As we get ready to disconnect the platinum keyboard and close down the (now virtual) Schuhmacher Publishing office for the holidays, your editors here at Craft Business Daily decided to sift through the near 250 issues we published this year and uncover which ones grabbed the most eyeballs from readers. Our top ten … Continue reading “Our Most Popular Stories of 2021”

Dear Client:  Three-year-old, San Diego-based Scout Distribution, a craft beverages wholesaler, is officially announcing its move to open Los Angeles County. (Indeed, we hinted at the expansion earlier this month, as Scout has been launching Jetway wine seltzer in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties [see CBD 12-03-2021].) You may recognize the distributor for … Continue reading “Scout Distribution Expands to LA County, Eyes More Markets”

Dear Client:  ​​You might have seen that SweetWater Brewing’s new parent company, Tilray, announced another acquisition last week with the purchase of Colorado-based Breckenridge Distillery.  It marks the second bev alc acquisition for the global cannabis company in as many years, with SweetWater being the first last year. What’s the strategy here for Tilray? How … Continue reading “What’s Next for SweetWater Parent Company, Tilray?”

Dear Client:  Some big craft (and commercial) moves coming down the pike at Anheuser-Busch, and they’re getting announced pretty much as we speak.  Today A-B is telling its company and wholesaler partners that Andy Thomas — current general manager of Kona Brewing Co., Omission Balanced Brewing, and the Brewers Collective Business Unit — will succeed … Continue reading “Andy Thomas New Brewers Collective Chief as Mika Michaelis Heads up Labatt”