Dear Client: We’d seen Bell’s new 180-ish calorie hazy IPA, Official, practically everywhere this year. Besides that, flagship Two Hearted continues to grow (albeit now in low-single digits) in scandata. So we reached out to founder Larry Bell to learn about the brewer’s year so far.  “We’re up 3% overall on shipments, and that’s with … Continue reading “Bell’s Shipments Up 3%, Despite Losing 5% of Business in VA”

Dear Client: Lord Hobo Brewing Co. has secured a spot to place its second outpost. The Massachusetts brewer is coming to Boston’s Seaport District to build the “Taj Mahal of breweries,” in the area, Lord Hobo founder and CEO Daniel Lanigan told the Boston Globe. Lord Hobo has inked a lease to “occupy all of … Continue reading “Lord Hobo Planning New Brewery & Restaurant in Boston’s Seaport District”

Dear Client: Couple bits of big news from Austin, Texas this afternoon. First, local bev alc company Uncle Billy’s has closed their brewery and restaurant in South Austin. Taking over the location will be none other than the high-flying cider brand based in the city, Austin Eastciders, per Austin 360. Recall, Eastciders, which is now … Continue reading “Big Moves in Store for These Two Austin Suppliers”

Dear Client: At our annual Beer Summit in 2018, we asked Rhinegeist Brewing co-founder Bob Bonder about a possible sale of the company. The Cincinnati-based brewer was red hot, hitting 90,000 barrels worth of annual production in just five short years, and could’ve likely named their price at the time [see CBD 01-25-2018]. But Bob … Continue reading “Rhinegeist Sticks to its Word, Taking the ESOP Route”

Dear Client: Night Shift Brewing is set to debut a new line of hard seltzers, called Hoot, next week, per Boston.com. And although it may look like another craft brewer jumping on the bandwagon after the summer of seltzer, Night Shift has actually had a seltzer line in the works for some time now. Indeed, … Continue reading “Popular IPA Brewer Night Shift Plunging into Seltzer”

Dear Client: Don’t look now, but Golden Road Brewing could very well finish the year up triple digits. The brewer’s total business is up 98% YTD, “surpassing the budget/forecast and what we thought we would do this year by quite a bit,” founder Meg Gill told Craft Business Daily. The biggest driver of this overperformance, … Continue reading “Golden Road Blows Past 2019 Forecast, Here’s How”

Dear Client: We’ve got a host of expansion news for you today, which may seem jarring in this time of slowed growth for craft.  But perhaps the most notable expansion, for its size and tenure, is the one coming from Victory. Downingtown, Pennsylvania based Victory Brewing is adding yet another location to its ranks — … Continue reading “Victory Plans Innovation Hub Brewery in Downtown Philadelphia”

Dear Client: Some big news on this otherwise sleepy Columbus Day: Boston Beer has just announced a revamp of their 13 Truly Hard Seltzer flavors, to be more “crisp” and “refreshing.” The other headline: They’re also rolling out a Truly Lemonade Hard Seltzer flavor early next year.  The retooled Truly has a stronger flavor, with … Continue reading “Truly Reformulates to be more “Crisp” and “Refreshing”; Also Launching Lemonade”

Dear Client: We reported back in May that Great Lakes Brewing CEO Bill Boor left to join the non-beer world (specifically, to head up Cavco Industries, a giant producer of manufactured homes in the U.S.) [see CBD 05-13-2019].  Now Great Lakes is reporting his replacement will be Mark King.  BBD readers will remember Mark most … Continue reading “Mark King is the New Great Lakes CEO”

Dear Client: We got A-B’s Brewers Collective chief, Marcelo “Mika” Michaelis, on the horn this morning to talk about some big bets for 2020.  Spoiler alert: A-B distribs and retailers everywhere should make room for a sessionable hazy brew from Elysian, and a low-cal IPA from Goose that aims to taste more like the full-cal … Continue reading “Brewers Collective Rolling Goose So-Lo IPA, Elysian Contact Haze Nationally”

Dear Client: We’ve gotten a few different reads on craft’s health within the past week. The data is a little conflicting, but the bottom line is this: craft is putting up its best numbers in convenience, and that is mainly off the back of IPAs, naturally.  We’ll get into craft’s performance in convenience shortly, but … Continue reading “Making Sense of the Latest Craft Data: C-Stores, IPA Still Seeing Best Trends”

Dear Client: Boulevard Brewing Co. turns 30 next month. We took the occasion to catch up with chief, Jeff Krum.  Truth be told, we were particularly interested in how some of their new innovations, many released around Q1 and Q2, have been doing in market.  YTD, Boulevard is up low single digits. Given the competitive … Continue reading “Innovation, Flagship Stabilization Will Help Boulevard Grow in 2019”

Dear Client: On Friday, Eric “Smitty” Smith, a 25-year vet of 30-year-old Odell Brewing, announced during the Brew Talks session at GABF that he would be taking over the reigns as CEO from co-founder Wynne Odell.  Eric explained that Odell founders [Corkie, Wynne and Doug Odell] started thinking about their succession plan about five years … Continue reading “All About Eric “Smitty” Smith’s Turn as Odell CEO”

Dear Client: It’s GABF time, and you know what that means: Boston Beer’s annual Beer & Brunch event that unveils their big innovations.  This year, it’s hardly a surprise that they’ll capitalize on their newly minted merger with Dogfish Head.  They’ve just announced the limited release, 4.9% ABV CollaBEEration, their first collaboration since the merger. … Continue reading “Boston’s Big GABF Unveil: A Dogfish Head Collabo, Plus Utopias News”

Dear Client: Latest IRI revealed a surprising detail about recent craft trends: The 12 weeks to September 8 — basically, summer — craft saw slightly better growth trends than YTD. It was up 2.9% in dollars for the more recent period, vs. 2.8% YTD, in multi-outlet and convenience. Still, craft lost almost half a dollar … Continue reading “Craft’s Summer Growth Better Than YTD Trend; Top Shakers and Breakers”