The short version: Not much. Well, that’s not completely true. But when we asked the authoritative authors of a new book on sustained-growth brands what lessons they could offer our segment, there wasn’t much. Maybe craft really is in a branding league of its own…

It’s official. Sierra Nevada has announced that it has chosen a site for an East Coast brewery near Mills River, North Carolina. The brewery will start at a capacity of 300k barels. Here is the release…

It surprised your editor to learn that the No. 1 request coming through Dogfish’s “info” e-mail, Milton brewery tour, and Rehoboth pub was for a gluten-free beer. Sam Calagione says the comments reflected a want for something outside the realm of straightforward lager. They knew Dogfish could do gluten-free differently…

We first introduced you to Tenth and Blake’s Project Apollo and The Brewprint last August. And almost a half-year later, those distributor and retailer-facing initiatives are crystallizing, with more details to be announced at MillerCoors’ national distributor conference in March…

Die-hard, brand-specific craft loyalty exists in Southwest Virginia, a market that probably has roughly half the national craft share. People go crazy for Dogfish Head 60 Minute, according to P.A. Short Distributing’s Craft Brand Manager Aden Short. It’s not his brand, but it’s particularly noteworthy in its divergence from the national norm…

We promised yesterday a roundup of craft’s struggle in certain top food markets across the U.S. As you know, being down is usually a bigger-guy problem. But where, and who? (Data for U.S. Food markets YTD to Dec. 25.)…

Bump Williams Consulting company has released a summary of the top-selling craft beer brands in the food channel, YTD to Dec. 25. Read on – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be really glad you didn’t have to read all 130 pages at once because you subscribe to CBD…

It’s a trend we think will accelerate. Many entrepreneurs are finding defunct heritage brands’ built-in sense of place and latitude for reinvention allows them to come back with one foot in the craft space…

You may recall California’s Hangar 24 as one of the fastest-growing craft breweries of all time. In 2011, they did just over 15,000 barrels, about 50% growth. A new expansion project will bump them up about 3 times their current volume at the brewery…

The continued relevancy of top craft brewers is an enduring concern for 2012. You know the deal; many flagships have shown a bit soft in some markets. But some producers have shown that the way forward is to flank with the right newer offerings to generate and retain interest and occasions. Even if they can’t make up the volume, these brands reignite interest…

How big is the American cider market? Well. Things will change if, say, a big brewer decides to literally buy into all the recent hoopla around the beverage. But the total American cider market was about 350,000 barrels in 2011, and growing at about a rate of 18%, according to data from Lester Jones of the Beer Institute. Coincidentally, the number’s small size even surprised Jim Koch…

Call it the year of hybridized craft models: Another Angel City-like deal has just gone down. But it’s not under Boston Beer Co. It does, however, involve Boston’s former district manager of the Pacific Northwest. As of yesterday, Jeff Hansson has become national sales director for Coronado Brewing Company, which has also acquired Jeff’s burgeoning brewery in the deal…

The year already feels different, doesn’t it? Deals have gone down on the supplier side, and you can bet the wheels are turning in the second tier. We polled some sources for their top-line concerns in the craft distribution space in the coming months…

always like the smaller festivals for the chance to observe a few craft beer drinkers in their natural habitat. The way they interact with the booths can provide a roadmap for consumer trends: What are they asking for in their drunken and base needstate? Who gets the long lines? At last weekend’s Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines festival, there were also a few innovative sessions that pointed the way forward…

You were promised more on the strategy and vision of Boston Beer Co’s Alchemy & Science, which yesterday announced its first acquisition in LA’s Angel City Brewing. Well. A&S chief Alan Newman is such a character, and with such a candid voice that helps one understand his business M.O. and operations psyche, that this one just must be a Fly on the Wall…