How do you know when cider’s really arrived? SIG numbers certainly seem to say so. Yes, it’s on a small base, but cider’s growth is outpacing that of craft, and its progressive pricing power blows it away: three-channel data from the latest SIG numbers (4-week period ended Oct. 2, on a base of 128,000 cases) have cider’s price per case up $1.33. The “craft” cider segment, as some call it, has inevitably benefitted from craft’s promotion of innovative, artisanal beverages…

Alaskan is one of those craft breweries that everyone is after. Alaskan Smoked Porter has the winningest record at GABF, having secured 20 medals since 1988. Possibly because of this and their distinct terroir, hailing from the land of caribou and Sarah Palin, they are also among the most courted among the distributors of “The Lower 48…

What makes a Craft Beer Distributor of the Year, by NBWA/BA standards? The news release crowning MillerCoors house Powers Distributing Company (or more specifically, its 2004-formed specialty International Beverage Company) praised its social media prowess, attention to beer and food, and retail staff training and support featuring not one but two Certified Cicerones, the middle, hardcore level of Mr. Ray Daniels’ program…

File under things you don’t see everyday: A 53-ft delivery truck promising

The Street’s Jason Notte is covering craft again. This time he extols the (capitalistic, anyway) virtues of bigger-format bottles, especially the coveted 22 oz. bomber. It’s been a hot seller, according to SymphonyIRI data that cited craft single 22-ounce glass sales are up 34.4% for the first half of 2011 (over YA of course)…

CBD has obtained an employee-facing e-mail from Terrapin founder John Cochran announcing the brewery’s request that Tenth and Blake convert a portion of their loan to a minority stake in the Athens, Georgia-based company…

We’ve heard some industry members bemoan GABF as too “consumer facing” — somewhat odd, considering beer’s end user…

…You know, in a friendly way. Even though they only supply to Wisconsin, the 110,000-barrel brewer always creates a lot of national buzz, especially at GABF. Many brewers and beer geeks recounted rushing to the Midwestern brewer’s table before supplies started to run dry, as they always do early on in the fest…

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…