Dear Client: Modern Times has taken to crowdfunding platform Wefunder to invite fans to join them as owners of the company. The San Diego-based brewery, as you may recall, is already employee-owned, having announced back in the summer of 2017 that 30% of Modern Times would be held in an employee-stock ownership program. Now they’re … Continue reading “Employee Owned Modern Times Now Opening Ownership to Fans”

Dear Client: The latest set of scan data from Nielsen, which covers the four weeks to April 6, is about as ugly as we’ve seen for craft. Yes, there’s a bit of a timing issue to blame here, as Easter fell on April 1 in 2018. Still, total craft volume, as measured by Nielsen, dropped … Continue reading “Craft Takes a Nosedive in Latest Nielsen”

Dear Client: Who is moving, who is growing, and what’s the overall mandate at A-B’s Brewers Collective, their craft business unit? We caught up with Brewers Collective chief, Marcelo “Mika” Michaelis, on it all. This is part II of our conversation. As you may know, at least in IRI, Brewers Collective is the no.1 craft … Continue reading “What’s Moving at the Brewers Collective”

Dear Client: We can’t talk about the state of the union of craft, as we have been this week, without mentioning A-B’s Brewers Collective. Brewers Collective (formerly known as A-B’s High End) is the new name of A-B’s band of 11 craft breweries (plus Virtue Cider), led now by Marcelo “Mika” Michaelis.   In fact, … Continue reading “A-B Brewers Collective Testing More Very Low Cal Craft”

Dear Client: As reported earlier this month, the Brewers Association pegged 2018 craft volume growth at just under 4% last year. During CBC’s annual “Bart and Paul Show” on the state of the industry, BA economist Bart Watson put that into perspective. “4% growth in a category the size of ours is a lot of … Continue reading “Bart and Paul Show: We Need New Drinkers!”

Dear Client: At today’s General Session, BA leadership encouraged their membership to maintain “an air of civility in these very competitive times.” Bob Pease took the stage to paint just how competitive this industry has become. In the year 2000, there were 1,566 small and independent craft breweries, he said.  Ten years later, that number … Continue reading “BA Leadership Admits “New Normal” at CBC Opening”

Dear Client: At today’s General Session, BA leadership encouraged their membership to maintain “an air of civility in these very competitive times.” Bob Pease took the stage to paint just how competitive this industry has become. In the year 2000, there were 1,566 small and independent craft breweries, he said.  Ten years later, that number … Continue reading “BA Leadership Admits “New Normal” at CBC Opening”

Dear Client: We reported last December that Reyes had picked up Flying Embers, the organic hard kombucha brand from Kevita founder, Bill Moses, for its Southern California footprint. Bill co-founded Kevita, the non-alc “sparkling probiotic drink” that Pepsi acquired back in 2016 or ’17 (at the time of the sale Reuters estimated Kevita to be … Continue reading “Flying Embers Flying Across the States with Big Beer Distributors”

Dear Client: On the heels of the news that BrewDog would become the proud new parent of the former Stone Berlin facility (see below), new BrewDog USA Chief Revenue Officer Adam Lambert shared some deets about their Q1 sales trends, stateside. They finished 2018 at roughly 25,000 barrels between their wholesale and pub business in … Continue reading “BrewDog USA Depletions Up 150% as They Hit More States”

Dear Client: The fine folks over at Nielsen backed up a dump truck full of data and hit unload during today’s Power Hour, there waiting underneath this data dump was CBD sifting through the pile of numbers, charts and graphs to bring you all the highlights. Some of the data you likely know or may … Continue reading “When it Comes to ABV, This is Craft’s “Sweet Spot””

Dear Client: Yesterday we reported that Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel and Michigan’s Founders Brewing Company are “coming on together as 70% majority investors and long-term strategic partners” in Colorado’s Avery Brewing Company. We got Founders co-founder Mike Stevens on the horn this morning to ask more about the strategy behind their stake. We wondered … Continue reading “More On the Founders/Mahou Stake in Avery: Yes, They’re Looking at More Brands”

Dear Client: The Brewers Association released craft’s annual report card for 2018 this morning. As BA chief economist, Bart Watson, summed it up, “craft maintained a fairly stable growth rate in 2018 and continued to gain share in the beer market.” Indeed, BA-defined brewers grew volume by 4% last year, and produced a total of … Continue reading “Craft Volume Up 4% in 2018”

Dear Client: Brew Pipeline, a new company focused on revenue innovation in the beer industry, is rolling out an interesting new program this spring, dubbed Guest Brewer, which aims to bring “exclusive beers” from a wide array of U.S. craft brewers to “untapped markets for limited time sales.” Wait, what? But how? Basically, Guest Brewer … Continue reading “Making Rotation Nation Work For All”

Dear Client: Following this week’s news that Jack’s Abby would hit its ninth state, New Jersey, CBD caught up with co-owner Sam Hendler to get a check-up on the popular Massachusetts brewer. ON PACE TO HIT 55K BARRELS IN 2019. Between their two businesses — Jack’s Abby, which is known for lagers, and their “experimental … Continue reading “Jack’s Abby Running Toward a Top 50 Craft Brewer Spot”

Dear Client: Craft Brew Alliance is bringing on a well-known beverage executive, Christine Perich, as its new Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, effective April 1. She will oversee financial operations and strategy for CBA, reporting to CEO Andy Thomas. CBA’s former CFO, Joe Vanderstelt, left the company last July. Christine is perhaps best known for … Continue reading “CBA Names Christine Perich as Chief Financial and Strategy Officer”