Everyone needs to keep innovating. Especially the guys at the top, who have to fight hardest to stay there. To that end, a smattering of new brands landed at the GABF’s 30th anniversary, which sold out to 49,000 attendees (roughly the size of The University of Texas at Austin) in a record week…

Until 3 years ago, Fort Collins’ Odell was only in 7 states, in a longish centralized pattern stretching north and south of Colorado. The last three years they’ve entered Idaho, Minnesota and Arizona, and they’re estimating 60,000 barrels by EOY, which exceeds the 10% – 12% they had forecast…

As we reported earlier this week, Boston Beer Co. is suing Anchor Brewing Co. and a former Boston employee named Judd Hausner for alleged breach of a non-compete, according to the Boston Business Journal….

New Belgium CEO Kim Jordan will tell you there are things she didn’t know while raising her 20-year-old beer baby; sometimes, she had to just do “what felt right.” That formula was still good enough to turn NBB into No. 3. So she’s a great sage for the segment. In fact, some of what she had to tell us about the future of craft – especially for its veterans – is at once sobering and practical….

Boston Beer Co. filed a suit in Boston’s U.S. District Court today over a former marketing executive who it claims violated a noncompete by signing on with Anchor Brewing…

We are on the ground in Colorado for GABF. First stop: New Belgium, for a state of the industry fireside chat with craft visionary Kim Jordan. That – including her thoughts on the incoming class of brewers, the overall business savvy of our segment and the low-down on NBB’s newest branding chief – in tomorrow’s issue…

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…