Dear Client: Rhinegeist co-founder Bryant Goulding characterized 2019 as a good year for the company – even if not as “good” as had been planned. “We’re doing well,” he told CBD, but acknowledged that “it’s a competitive environment. Seltzer is a really interesting phenomenon” that’s hit their backyard even harder than the rest of the … Continue reading “Rhinegeist Will Grow 6% in Core Markets Despite Challenging Dynamics”

Dear Client: BrewDog USA continues to grow, up 95% in total depletions YTD, per business update from chief revenue officer, Adam Lambert.  With preliminary September trends “coming on strong,” Adam said they should double their business in 2019. That puts the US operation of the international, Scotland-based craft brewer at roughly 23,000 barrels on “this … Continue reading “BrewDog USA on Pace to Double Business in 2019”

Dear Client: Lagunitas did not have big seltzer news at its 250-strong distrib meeting. It’ll just get stronger in IPA, its calling card, by doing things like putting its IPA in cans finally and rolling out a hazy IPA, 8% Hazy Memory (but … aren’t hazy/juicy beers kinda the seltzer of beer anyway? With a … Continue reading “Lagunitas New Brass Dishes Strategy”

Dear Client: A little over five years ago, Great Divide was putting out plans to build out a near $40 million brewery/warehouse/destination atop a five acre plot it had purchased in Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood [see CBD 05-30-2014]. The Denver brewer, who had just produced over 37,000 barrels back in 2013, envisioned a boatload … Continue reading “Great Divide Scraps Plans for Massive Brewery in RiNo, Cuts Deal to Sell Portion of Property”

Dear Client: Today we’re going to shine the spotlight on a brewery we’ve never covered before – Reuben’s Brews. The Seattle-based brewery, which was founded by husband and wife Adam and Grace Robbings in 2012, has quickly made a name for itself in the uber-competitive craft scene in the Pacific Northwest. In seven short years, … Continue reading “Keep an Eye on this Pacific Northwest Brewer”

Dear Client: Four-year-old Roak Brewing is in the works to acquire yet another much older craft brewery in its home state of Michigan. The latest? The 22-year-old Dark Horse Brewing Company out of Marshall, Michigan, per filings with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission obtained by a local NBC affiliate. The acquisition, if approved by the … Continue reading “Roak Brewing Strikes Again, Acquires 22-Year-Old Dark Horse Brewing”

Dear Client: Deschutes Brewery recently conducted their largest consumer research project to date for a new product, and guess what? It wasn’t for a new craft beer.  Nope, the 31-year-old craft brewer carried out the research to launch a flavored malt beverage, or as they’re calling it, a “crafted hard bevy,” dubbed Modified Theory.  Craft … Continue reading “Deschutes Introduces New FMB Line: Modified Theory”

Dear Client: After months of teasing tie ups with several large craft brewers across the U.S., Two Roots Brewing Co, which sells non-alc, alcoholic and cannabis-infused, non-alc brews, today announced it is acquiring Michigan’s Rochester Mills Production Brewery. It will provide Two Roots 60,000 barrels of capacity to “expand the Company’s U.S. market presence” for … Continue reading “Two Roots Acquires 60k Barrels via Rochester Mills Brewery to Expand to Midwest”

Dear Client: There are thousands of breweries nowadays, but there ain’t many like Upland Brewing. Here’s why… Upland, which began in Bloomington, Indiana a little over two decades ago, is the third largest craft brewer in Indiana (sitting behind Sun King and 3 Floyds), but somewhat surprisingly only doing around 16,000 barrels a year, per … Continue reading “How Upland Brewing is Unlike Most Veteran Craft Brewers”

Dear Client: Since it opened back in 2007, Half Acre Beer Company has made a name for itself in Chicago and broadened its horizons to the east and west coasts. And now they’re making a name for a different kind of “craft” with Half Acre Build Company.  About a decade after Gabriel Magliaro helped found … Continue reading “The Latest with Chicago’s Half Acre Beer Co. and its “Build” Arm”

Dear Client: After A-B passed on making a qualified offer for Craft Brew Alliance late last month, CBA said it would update full year guidance and its strategy in the coming weeks.  So this morning, ahead of a planned conference call to do just that, CBA said it would maintain full-year 2019 guidance — except … Continue reading “CBA Revises Shipments/Depletions Guidance to Between Flat and +3%”

Dear Client: Big news out of Florida on Tuesday. Yuengling announced in a press release that it has become the official domestic beer of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights athletic program. The brewery will have signage in the football, basketball, baseball and softball stadiums at UCF. “Yuengling is proud to become the official … Continue reading “Cross Promo Mania: Yuengling, More Striking Sports Partnerships”

Dear Client: After the news about Mahou’s 90% stake in Founders Brewing Co. last week, we got Founders co-founder Mike Stevens on the phone to answer big questions like deal motivation and the way forward.  Some reports noted that Founders original deal with Mahou, struck in 2014, “included a provision allowing Mahou to acquire the … Continue reading “Mike Stevens on Founders’ Future”

Dear Client: Big news coming out of Michigan this afternoon. Founders Brewing is selling a majority stake to its Spanish brewing partner, Mahou San Miguel, per MiBiz report. Mahou, which acquired a 30% stake in the Grand Rapids-based company at the end of 2014, will up its stake to 90% (via Spain’s Best Beer Inc. … Continue reading “Mahou Taking 90% Stake in Founders Brewing”

Dear Client: When word started to spread earlier this year that Massachusetts’ Night Shift Brewing was opening a massive facility in Philadelphia, CBD reached out to Night Shift co-founder Rob Burns and asked him for comment on the rumors [see CBD 05-31-2019]. At the time he said, “We don’t have anything official to report yet … Continue reading “The Lowdown on Night Shift’s Big New Facility in Philly”