Among craft distributors, World Class is seen as one of the thought leaders in social media. This is aided by its popular Beer Spy program, which allows users to search breweries and brands by geography and retail location, and its peoples’ strong presence on even the more esoteric mediums like Twitter…

This hasn’t been a very good year for barley worldwide. Droughts, flooding, the rise of competing crops, demand, and pricing have conspired to drastically reduce the quantity and quality of malting barley in key growing regions including Western Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Canada and Australia…

Christopher Gallant worked as an independent consultant for Heineken in business development and sales. He spent a year and a half in Brazil working on the FEMSA acquisition. Now he’s general manager of Bronx Brewery, whose Bronx Pale Ale has just started hitting draft accounts in that storied borough and beyond…

Garrett Oliver says it means craft’s unprecedented arrival into the mainstream:

Here’s an important subject: tap handle trends. With thousands of breweries and literally countless more in planning, it is often how a consumer identifies what’s new, sexy or trusted on-premise…

Recall that New Belgium lost 14-year branding chief Greg Owsley in late April. Today the company announced his successor as Josh Holmstrom, most recently associate director of marketing at WhiteWave Foods, makers of Silk and Horizon Organic…

Longtime vice president of sales Mike Vitale has resigned from the Brooklyn Brewery after 23 years, effective today. So says a letter to distributors this afternoon…

Many have long had the selection. But now liquor stores are starting an unprecedented craft push via features, samplings and aggressive couponing. Case in point: Florida-based ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. The 143-unit outfit has been making a concerted push for craft, especially in 2011…

We couldn’t wrap our Florida spotlight without consulting the other Tampa nominee for distributor of the year, MillerCoors house J.J. Taylor. Among market-specific insights like how Florida’s nationally renowned Cigar City got to be that way in three short years, the guys also revealed to CBD yet another national casual chain testing craft in a big way on-premise…

SymphonyIRI just released the latest 4-week numbers ending Sept. 4, the lead-up to the actual Labor Day holiday. Craft was strong, but imports stronger, with sub-premium right on our tail in terms of actual dollar sales change vs. YA. Overall beer category case sales were flat compared to the same period last year, but dollar sales were up 2.8% vs. YA in SIG combined channel data…

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. One crafty restaurant’s bev director summed Florida’s momentum thus:

Forget all that stuff we’ve said about session beers for a moment. Holy Mackerel label outta Greenville, S.C. (nee Melbourne, Fla.), differentiates with a two-beer portfolio of big, age-worthy beers. Flagships include the 8.5% subtly spiced Special Golden Ale, and a 10% Belgian-style tripel/saison called Panic Attack. Mack in Black (8%) imperial black ale makes an appearance as a winter seasonal…

Move over, Cigar City. There’s a new brewery in Florida – Jacksonville, to be exact – gaining some street cred. Intuition Ale Works is only coming up on year one, and they’re already in over 100 draft accounts and planning for their impending canning line (draw another line in the camp for cans) so they can start going off-premise.

It’s usually Jim Koch on the speaking circuit. But Boston Beer Co. President and CEO Martin Roper took the stage at Barclays Back to School Consumer Conference, which was chock-full of non-school-age beverage companies. Martin gave listeners a peek through the keyhole revealing Boston’s current philosophy on pricing and when they’ll act…

The Southeast is on fire. After years of latency in the craft space, it’s starting to make up case sales. According to SIG’s Dan Wandel, the region could surpass the South Central region for craft in 2012 the way the trends are going. And average dollars and cases per store are down in every region except for the South Central and Southeast…