Let’s talk about culture. Most consumers don’t, but the industry knows Tenth and Blake’s Blue Moon as MillerCoors. But to understand the way this segment of the global brewer will evolve, one must realize that this division is in fact different, and on its one-year birthday, it’s evolving. Big time…

Here at CBD we like to seek out and find craft brewers who are about to break out. To call Grand Rapids’ Founders Brewing Co. a sleeper brewery obscures the fact that it has gone from about 5,000 barrels of its Dirty Bastard, Centennial IPA and Kentucky Breakfast Stout barely four years ago to a projected 42,000 barrels this year…

Andy Thomas, new chief of commercial ops, was the star of CBA’s Q2 call today, outlining the portfolio strategy and market milieu with a swagger not usually heard through the crackling ether…

Alaskan Brewing Co. is partnering with six Wisconsin distributors to help share the products throughout the state starting next month. The brewery will enter with Gold Rush-era inspired Alaskan Amber. Alaskan IPA and White Ale will be available in mid-September, and a number of their year-round and seasonal beers will be available in kegs and caseware in the state later this fall…

Twenty-five-year-old Great Taste of the Midwest is one of the oldest craft festivals in the country. Certainly older than most of the 125 or so Midwestern brewers it hosted Saturday for some 6,000 beer pilgrims…

If there’s a question of whether wine distributors can do as good or a better job of peddling craft beer, well, Click Wholesale Distributing does both. CWD is a fine wine and specialty beer distributor based in Kent, Washington. Their 2008-formed Click Distributing East arm is a closely aligned

CBD has learned that Oskar Blues president John Bryant is leaving the brewery after a little over two years with the No. 36 craft brewer and fomenter of the growing craft canning movement…

“We’d like to assure you that we do not have any intentions of pulling out of any states that we are currently selling beer in.” Those comforting words from Bell’s update on capacity constraints, penned in part no doubt for the fact that each of their brands is being sold on allocation right now, usually a rule reserved for Two Hearted, their fastest-growing…

Chicago’s Hopleaf is one of the most iconic craft-import bars around. And one of the oldest: Michigan native and owner Mike Roper says the joint has been around about 20 years, which is, of course, before craft’s first prophetic dip. The place is a pretty good barometer for craft trends past and present…

If we needed proof that the beer industry is more competitive than ever, we got it in yesterday’s report of some 700-plus new breweries just waiting to be born. Among the great concerns now is whether this “long tail” of local brands will displace some decently performing shelf stockers. And could this outpouring be the weight suppressing some seasonals’ performance? We checked in with a few different-channel buyers – one Midwest super, one Southeast C-store, and one club – to examine this and more…

The numbers keep climbing – are we at almost 1,800, 1,900 or 2,000 breweries? The BA has your answer. The U.S. now boasts 1,790 breweries–an extra 165 breweries since June 2010. And breweries-in-planning? There are 725 of those today vs. 389 a year ago. Additionally, the count of craft brewers was at 1,740 as of June 30, 2011…

Big beer may have brand loyalty, but craft has serious evangelism. For that demonstration, one needs look no further than today, International #IPADay, a beer-blogger created holiday to promote the style. Twitter is the virtual leveraging grounds for the

Any specialty beer company whose stated goal is to tap mainstream drinkers is worth a regular strategy visit. I’m talking about Duvel Moortgat USA, which just wrapped the 3,000-strong Belgium Comes to Cooperstown annuality at the lush brewery Ommegang in upstate New York. Your editor sat with DMUSA chief Simon Thorpe, Duvel’s Daniel Krug and a plastic pint of Ommegang Abbey Ale to get what’s going on in the second half of the year…

You know what they say: If weren’t this it would be something else. Boston’s newest numbers show healthy depletions and somewhat depressed core shipments, though the two seem to be in better tandem than last quarter to achieve Freshest Beer’s target lower inventories…

Ironically, craft seems to have re-branded non-branding as the most valuable thing to sell beer. At our summit earlier this year, Kim Jordan , Ken Grossman and Sam Calagione all vouched for the power of their stories to sell beer. Buzzwords like