Dear Client: If you’re curious as to how Craft Brew Alliance performed in the fourth quarter of 2019, well, so are we. The brewer, which as you may know is in the midst of a pending tie up with Anheuser-Busch, reported its results “for the full year and fourth quarter” this afternoon. But there wasn’t … Continue reading “CBA 2019 Depletions Down 1%”

Dear Client: If you needed further evidence that non-alc beer could be a thing in the U.S. – here’s your sign.  Athletic Brewing Company, a Connecticut-based company that came on to the scene less than two years ago with their non-alc craft beer, has just closed a $17.5M Series B funding round and is using … Continue reading “Athletic Brewing Acquires Ballast Point’s Old Trade Street Brewery”

Dear Client: Last April we reported on a small but interesting innovation play from A-B: a beverage fermented from green tea and coconut water, produced at 10 Barrel. Dubbed LQD, it piloted in California and parts of the Pac Northwest [see BBD 04-26-2019]. Now it appears the LQD entity has been expanded to an entire … Continue reading “Meet A-B’s New Crafty FMB Platform, LQD”

Dear Client: SweetWater has been a bit quiet the last couple of years, maybe leading some to think they perhaps don’t have much good news to share.  On the contrary, the brewer told CBD that they closed 2019 at 266,000 barrels, up almost 7% in depletions and growing net revenue almost 9%.  The majority of … Continue reading “SweetWater Depletions Grew 7% Last Year”

Dear Client: Outside of the press release that announced Constellation’s decision to shed Ballast Point late last year, we haven’t heard the company publicly comment a whole lot on what went wrong and why they decided to sell the brand.  Well, now we have some more detailed explanations to bring you.  Constellation Beer president Paul … Continue reading “Constellation Speaks on Ballast Point: “We Got our Hypothesis Wrong””

Dear Client: We first reported on Deschutes’ big, new, enterprise FMB launch, Modified Theory, last September.  The 5.5% ABV “hand-crafted,” “all-natural” line of this “crafted hard bevy” has no preservatives, and no added sugar. It’s shipping now, in Tahitian Lime & Agave, Tarocco Orange & Vanilla and Northwest Berry & Lavender flavors.  Configurations include a … Continue reading “Deschutes On-Premise Friendly FMB Ships Now”

Dear Client: “With all regulatory permits and licenses finalized,” Ballast Point and its six brewery/taproom locations spanning California to Chicago are officially owned by Kings & Convicts Brewing Co., as of yesterday.  To commemorate the occasion, “company wide” employees (which total more than 500) “signed an open letter signifying the return to the brand’s iconic … Continue reading “Meet the New Ballast Point”

Dear Client: If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed: Most of the biggest craft brewers that are growing have overhauled their portfolios in the last five or so years.  You see it in New Belgium, once basically known as the Fat Tire brewery. Now their 3ish-year-old Voodoo Ranger franchise greatly eclipses that brand: … Continue reading “Deschutes’ “Fresh” Family Gives Brewer Hope for Growth”

Dear Client: Earlier this week, Troegs Brewing Co. announced it would bring a 5.5% hazy IPA to market, Haze Charmer. That will help the top Pennsylvania craft brewer grow more in its tight footprint of 10 states and DC. Its home state is 65% of overall sales.  Troegs ended 2019 at 105,089 barrels, up 3%.  … Continue reading “The 2020 Skinny on Top Pennsylvania Craft Brewer, Troegs”

Dear Client: Leinienkugel’s had a leinie’s share of the craft talk at Molson Coors’ Distributor Conference. There was lots of chatter about potential for 93-calorie Leinie’s Spritzen, which we reported on last September after the distributor meeting in Vegas. As CBD/BBD readers know, Leinie’s is back under the Tenth and Blake umbrella, having moved from … Continue reading “Leinie’s Will Leverage Baseball and Cans to Lift Summer Shandy; Plus, Get Ready for Spritzen”

Dear Client: The tie-up between Craft Brew Alliance and Anheuser-Busch is one step closer to coming to fruition. CBA shareholders held a vote today on the “expanded partnership” with A-B, in which A-B has agreed “to purchase the remaining CBA shares it does not already own in a merger transaction for $16.50 per share, in … Continue reading “CBA Shareholders Vote in “Overwhelming Support” of Merger with A-B”

Dear Client: Founders Brewing Co. has just announced that they are making their coveted and top-rated Russian Imperial Stout release, KBS, available year-round, for the first time since its 2003 inception.  This year’s KBS will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft beginning on February 28 in Founders’ Grand Rapids and … Continue reading “Founders, Up 2.5% in ’19, Kicks off ’20 Making KBS Year Round”

Dear Client: SweetWater Brewing Company says their consumer family has been begging them for “seltzer options.” The Atlanta-based brewer claims their consumers are looking for a “true craft option, easy drinking, clean and light, and in a (not skinny) 12 oz can.”  So they’re giving the people what they want. SweetWater’s new line of seltzers, … Continue reading “SweetWater’s “Hard & Heady Seltzer” is Here, with Terpenes”

Dear Client: After 5 years leading Lagunitas, Maria Stipp is stepping down as CEO, the California-based, Heineken-owned company announced this morning.  Dennis Peek, Managing Director Heineken Canada, will assume the CEO position on February 21. “Maria has decided to pursue a different challenge in her career. I would like to thank Maria for her leadership … Continue reading “Lagunitas Getting a New CEO from Heineken Canada”

Dear Client: For the seventh straight quarter now, Boston Beer is posting double-digit growth. For Q4, the company reported depletions up 25%, and 22% for the year. (Recall, Boston Q3 depletions had been up 30% for the quarter.)  Excluding Dogfish Head, they’re a touch lower, but still stellar: Up 19% for both time periods.  Shipments … Continue reading “Boston Q4 Depletions Up 25%, But Seltzer is Expensive to Produce”