Yesterday we went over the major themes of Dan Wandel’s Power Hour address on the state of craft. Today we thought we’d give you the more digestible bits, since it’s Friday…

It’s craft report card time again. SymphonyIRI Grand Poobah Dan Wandel laid out the good, the bad, and the overindexing in his mid-year assessment, deemed, “Craft Beer Sales Still Have the ‘Golden Touch.'”…

Wisconsin gets its fair share of coverage in craft circles. And why not? Its residents, as we parroted another article yesterday, drink the fifth-most beer per person in the U.S. They have a long brewing tradition, exemplified by breweries like pre-Prohibition era Stevens Point Brewery. Certainly there’s a farming community continuum that has fostered the development of the brewing community; Lakefront Brewery’s Russ Klisch points out that the reason Wisconsin is known for great lagers is because of the wide availability of cheap dairy equipment…

Journalists just love doing “listicles” for their pasta-dinner-like throwtogetherability. Pick a topic, cobble together some random criteria and a generous dash of otherwise guiding bias, and voil√†. Copy. But when a resource like The Street focuses one such icle on “The 10 Best Beer States of 2011” under the “managing your money” section, it means something…

These days you might think the guys at Tenth and Blake are making rap albums: Project Apollo? The Brewprint? They’re Tenth’s new market-specific maximization plans for craft distributors and retailers, respectively. A little deep dive primer follows…

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…