Dear Client:  Boulevard/Ommegang parent company Duvel USA seems to be punching above its weight this year — particularly in the regional seltzer game. At only a bit over a year old, Boulevard’s Quirk brand is already a top five seltzer in the Midwest, and looking for a larger national stage. Indeed, as a top five … Continue reading “Duvel USA’s Big Pivots Paying Off”

Dear Client:  Ball dropped some heavy news on “dozens, if not hundreds, of breweries nationwide” this week, according to Westword, as the world’s largest can manufacturer informed its customers that the minimum order on printed cans is increasing five times come January 1. The order minimum on printed cans previously stood at one truckload or … Continue reading “Ball Hikes Printed Can Order Minimums, Leaving Craft Brewers Scrambling”

Dear Client:  JuneShine dropped a big announcement earlier this week, highlighting the closing of a Series B funding round that raised $24 million for the San Diego-based company. And with the announcement came several teasers about where they would use that money like expanding the portfolio beyond hard kombucha, expanding their taproom presence outside of … Continue reading “More Innovation, More Capacity and More Taprooms on Tap for JuneShine”

Dear Client:  New Belgium is on pace to reach a milestone this year that few other craft brewers have achieved – the million-barrel mark. And while the accomplishment will be and should be celebrated, it will likely bring about two very different outlooks for the brewer moving forward… Those viewing the feat through a craft … Continue reading “Here’s to a Million Barrels and a Million More? What’s Next for New Belgium”

Dear Client:  Next Glass’ CEO Trace Smith hopped on the Brewers Association’s latest Collab Hour webinar to tease out what, when, where, and how its U.S. Untappd users were drinking during the course of the pandemic and onward. Next Glass is the parent company to several beer-related brands including Untappd, Hop Culture and BeerAdvocate. While … Continue reading “Untappd Reveals What People Have Been Drinking, and Where”

Dear Client:  The funding keeps a-flowing for San Diego-based hard kombucha maker, JuneShine. After raising an undisclosed amount in a Series A funding round earlier this year, the three-year-old company has now announced the closing of $24M in Series B funding. The latest funding round, which was led by existing investors like Amberstone and Litani … Continue reading “JuneShine Closes $24M in Series B Funding, Looks to Kombucha and Beyond”

Dear Client: Gone are the days where craft smashes it for the holiday period — at least for now. The latest IRI data shows craft YTD dollars are down 4%, and four-week trends are -7.6%. Of course, many — especially the biggest craft brands — face tough comps. Interestingly, Sam Seasonal is really shining. While … Continue reading “Craft Down High Singles in Recent Scandata”

Dear Client:  Allagash brass offered a virtual update today on their ’21 business and plans for ’22.  Founder Rob Tod kicked off the call talking about the obvious: There’s been a “lot of change, a lot to update everyone on.” He started with some tailwinds: They were named GABF brewery and brewer of the year. … Continue reading “Allagash Up 32% After Massive Pivot to Package”

Dear Client:  Australia’s Lion has again made a big move in the U.S. craft beer market with the pending acquisition of iconic Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery, just two years after acquiring New Belgium.  Together, the new group will blow past Yuengling to be a top craft brewer with only Boston Beer larger, and one of the … Continue reading “Kirin’s Lion Platform Acquiring Bell’s Brewery”

Dear Client:  We’ve been teasing a cocktail-inspired collection of seltzers from giant Texas craft brewer, Spoetzl Brewing, of Shiner Bock fame.  Now we have the details. The company has just released a new collection of 100-calorie, 4.5% ABV “cocktail-inspired” seltzers, playing on “Texas classics.” Each mix 12-pack of this new “Tall ‘Tails” offering features a … Continue reading “Shiner Releases Texas Cocktail-Inspired Seltzers”

Dear Client:  Faithful CBD readers won’t be shocked to learn that the total non-alcoholic (“NA”) segment is growing; it’s up more than 16% YTD (in Nielsen US xAOC plus liquor and convenience, YTD for the week ended 10/9). Those gains come against a backdrop of a slowed category: Total beer/FMB/cider is down 3.3% in dollars … Continue reading “Craft Offerings and 6 Packs Driving the Non-Alc Boom”

Dear Client:  Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the latest CGA on-premise report (covering the week to October 30) is not that the channel’s sales velocity is flying above the same week last year, up 46%, or that it’s above 2019 too, up 21%.  Nope, those trends are great, but what’s more noteworthy is how the … Continue reading “Is the “New Normal” for the On-Premise Already Here?”

Dear Client:  The double-digit declines continue for craft in the latest four weeks of NielsenIQ scans through October 23. Craft volume fell 11.7% for the four weeks and dollars dropped 10.2%. It was one of three segments that saw volume and dollars drop double-digits during the frame, the other two being below premium and malt … Continue reading “Sam Adams a Bright Spot in Another Dismal Showing for Craft in Scans”

Dear Client:  Single-serves’ share of off-premise beer dollars is back on the rise this year and growing in nearly all beer segments, including craft, according to the latest monthly update from Bump Williams Consulting. Indeed, after hitting 9.6 share of craft dollars in 2018, single-serves’ share went on a steady descent over the past two … Continue reading “Single-Serves an Area of Opportunity for Craft”

Dear Client:  We got Dogfish Head co-founder Sam Calagione on our Beernet Radio podcast earlier this week to talk about 2021 trends and plans for 2022.   After a relatively quiet year for the brewer, Dogfish has just released The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures, via publishing house Wiley. It’s basically a retrospective … Continue reading “Sam Calagione on Alignment, Canned Cocktails, and Chess”