Dear Client: It’s looking like another year of low single digit growth for craft in IRI scans. Total craft trends are pretty consistent across the board in the latest batch of IRI scans to November 3. The segment is putting up its best performance in the convenience channel with dollars up 3.3% YTD. Craft’s dollar … Continue reading “How Will Craft and Some of its Top Players Finish the Year in Scans?”

Dear Client: In a move to “extend beyond craft beer and meet the needs of the changing adult beverage consumer,” Artisanal Brewing Ventures today announced “a partnership agreement” to bring Bold Rock, the number two cider company in the U.S., on board. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year. Terms … Continue reading “Artisanal Brewing Ventures Brings on Bold Rock”

Dear Client: Japanese giant brewer Kirin has been poking around the U.S. craft beer scene for the past few years, but now they’re officially knee deep in U.S. craft with the acquisition of the fourth largest craft brewer doing it here in the states. After taking a 24.5% stake in Brooklyn Brewery in 2016, and … Continue reading “Kirin’s Lion Little World to Acquire New Belgium”

Dear Client: When recently asked by the Press Democrat for his assessment of Bear Republic Brewing Company in 2019, chief Richard G. Norgrove responded with a four-word answer: “I took my lumps.” Indeed, it’s been a “rough” year for the near 25-year-old brewery out of Sonoma County, California. VOLUME DROPPING, SALES SLUMPING, WORKFORCE SHRINKING. Bear … Continue reading “Bear Republic Looks to Broaden Portfolio After Tough 2019”

Dear Client: We got a sizable brand move going down in Texas. Austin Eastciders, the top cider brand in Texas grocery, is teaming up with a new distributor in San Antonio, the second biggest city in the state.  The new wholesale partner for Eastciders in the area? Silver Eagle Distributors LP.  The move into the … Continue reading “Austin Eastciders Switches San Antonio Footprint to Silver Eagle”

Dear Client: BrewDog has announced a slew of U.S. initiatives as part of its imminent third round of “Equity for Punks” in the U.S.. Proceeds from the round will go toward big state-side projects, including: “Building a West Coast Outpost in California, enabling production and distribution of BrewDog beers from coast to coast”;”Launching BrewDog Distilling … Continue reading “BrewDog’s Third Round of U.S. Equity for Punks Will Help Open West Coast Facility, Launch Distillery”

Dear Client: Craft Brew Alliance held a relatively short earnings call today, a little over 30 minutes, and as you could imagine, most of that half hour centered on Monday’s announcement that Anheuser-Busch would indeed buy the remaining stake in CBA. When the combination with A-B was discussed on the call, the overarching theme was … Continue reading “Third Quarter a “Mixed Bag” for CBA”

Dear Client: Busy week for Craft Brew Alliance. After wrapping up their sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev yesterday, CBA had third quarter earnings to report. The results just hit, the call is set for tomorrow morning.  So how did they do?  Well, as you may recall, CBA’s depletions creeped into positive territory during the second quarter … Continue reading “CBA Depletions Up 2% in Q3”

Dear Client: CBA will soon join A-B’s Brewers Collective (subject to obligatory red tape). After A-B passed its August deadline to scoop up the remaining shares of Craft Beer Alliance at $24.50 (about $475 million) as per their commercial agreement struck in 2016, the two breweries are reporting that A-B will indeed seal the deal … Continue reading “A-B Buying CBA After All”

Dear Client: Founders Brewing shared a couple of big announcements this morning, including what’s next for their Detroit taproom, which they temporarily closed last month, and how they plan to fill in the vacancy left behind by Graci Harkema, their former diversity director, who departed the company last month. As you likely know, the two … Continue reading “With Suit Settled, Founders Shares Next Steps”

Dear Client: Yesterday we shared news via the Lincoln Journal Star that Green Flash appeared to have closed its year-ish old taproom in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Today, VP of marketing Ben Widseth confirmed to CBD that they have in fact closed the pub.  “As reported, it was [once] a full-time restaurant that was transitioned to a … Continue reading “Green Flash Shuttering Lincoln Brewpub to Focus on Things like New Hazy IPA, Saturhaze”

Dear Client: Did Green Flash close its Lincoln location? That’s what a local paper thinks. The Lincoln Journal Star is reporting that the Green Flash Brewhouse and Taproom in Lincoln, Nebraska is potentially closed, as it “has not been open since at least Friday,” although no statements have been made, they said. (Nobody is answering … Continue reading “The Latest on Green Flash’s Lincoln Location”

Dear Client: It’s taken a while for Lagunitas to pull the 12-oz. can lever on flagship brand, IPA, but they’re finally pulling it, and they’re marketing the move in a very Lagunitas way. The California brewer will promote the recent rollout of Lagunitas IPA in 12-packs of 12-oz. cans [see BBD 09-18-2019], by launching the … Continue reading “Lagunitas Spoofs HSN in “First Major Integrated Marketing Campaign””

Dear Client: CBD readers may recall that Boulder-based Fate Brewing closed its doors earlier this year [see CBD 05-22-2019].  Now Westword is reporting that Durango, Colorado-based Ska and its sister distillery venture, Peach Street, plan to open in their building next spring, with a flagship concept called Ska Street.  It will be much higher visibility … Continue reading “Ska Building Big Flagship Boulder Location Showcasing Distillery”

Dear Client: Founders Brewing Co. sent notice this afternoon that the lawsuit involving the brewery and former employee Tracy Evans “has been dismissed after the parties reached a settlement agreement.”  “Terms of the settlement will not be disclosed,” the notice said. As you may know, the case has been going on for over a year … Continue reading “Founders Strikes Settlement in Racial Discrimination Suit”