Dear Client: At today’s General Session, BA leadership encouraged their membership to maintain “an air of civility in these very competitive times.” Bob Pease took the stage to paint just how competitive this industry has become. In the year 2000, there were 1,566 small and independent craft breweries, he said.  Ten years later, that number … Continue reading “BA Leadership Admits “New Normal” at CBC Opening”

Dear Client: At today’s General Session, BA leadership encouraged their membership to maintain “an air of civility in these very competitive times.” Bob Pease took the stage to paint just how competitive this industry has become. In the year 2000, there were 1,566 small and independent craft breweries, he said.  Ten years later, that number … Continue reading “BA Leadership Admits “New Normal” at CBC Opening”

Dear Client: We reported last December that Reyes had picked up Flying Embers, the organic hard kombucha brand from Kevita founder, Bill Moses, for its Southern California footprint. Bill co-founded Kevita, the non-alc “sparkling probiotic drink” that Pepsi acquired back in 2016 or ’17 (at the time of the sale Reuters estimated Kevita to be … Continue reading “Flying Embers Flying Across the States with Big Beer Distributors”

Dear Client: On the heels of the news that BrewDog would become the proud new parent of the former Stone Berlin facility (see below), new BrewDog USA Chief Revenue Officer Adam Lambert shared some deets about their Q1 sales trends, stateside. They finished 2018 at roughly 25,000 barrels between their wholesale and pub business in … Continue reading “BrewDog USA Depletions Up 150% as They Hit More States”

Dear Client: The fine folks over at Nielsen backed up a dump truck full of data and hit unload during today’s Power Hour, there waiting underneath this data dump was CBD sifting through the pile of numbers, charts and graphs to bring you all the highlights. Some of the data you likely know or may … Continue reading “When it Comes to ABV, This is Craft’s “Sweet Spot””

Dear Client: Yesterday we reported that Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel and Michigan’s Founders Brewing Company are “coming on together as 70% majority investors and long-term strategic partners” in Colorado’s Avery Brewing Company. We got Founders co-founder Mike Stevens on the horn this morning to ask more about the strategy behind their stake. We wondered … Continue reading “More On the Founders/Mahou Stake in Avery: Yes, They’re Looking at More Brands”

Dear Client: The Brewers Association released craft’s annual report card for 2018 this morning. As BA chief economist, Bart Watson, summed it up, “craft maintained a fairly stable growth rate in 2018 and continued to gain share in the beer market.” Indeed, BA-defined brewers grew volume by 4% last year, and produced a total of … Continue reading “Craft Volume Up 4% in 2018”

Dear Client: Brew Pipeline, a new company focused on revenue innovation in the beer industry, is rolling out an interesting new program this spring, dubbed Guest Brewer, which aims to bring “exclusive beers” from a wide array of U.S. craft brewers to “untapped markets for limited time sales.” Wait, what? But how? Basically, Guest Brewer … Continue reading “Making Rotation Nation Work For All”

Dear Client: Following this week’s news that Jack’s Abby would hit its ninth state, New Jersey, CBD caught up with co-owner Sam Hendler to get a check-up on the popular Massachusetts brewer. ON PACE TO HIT 55K BARRELS IN 2019. Between their two businesses — Jack’s Abby, which is known for lagers, and their “experimental … Continue reading “Jack’s Abby Running Toward a Top 50 Craft Brewer Spot”

Dear Client: Craft Brew Alliance is bringing on a well-known beverage executive, Christine Perich, as its new Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, effective April 1. She will oversee financial operations and strategy for CBA, reporting to CEO Andy Thomas. CBA’s former CFO, Joe Vanderstelt, left the company last July. Christine is perhaps best known for … Continue reading “CBA Names Christine Perich as Chief Financial and Strategy Officer”

Dear Client: The Brewers Association is back with their list of the 50 Fastest Growing U.S. Craft Brewing Companies. And just like last year (when the BA debuted the list), most of the breweries making the cut in this latest list probably won’t ring a bell. Case in point: Anyone ever heard of Lake Time … Continue reading “Brewers Association Reveals Top 50 Fastest-Growing Breweries of Last Year”

Dear Client: The wait is over. Boston Beer has announced that Lesya Lysyj will take over their CMO position next month. The spot has been vacant since the end of July 2018, when it was vacated by Jon Potter. If the name rings a bell, perhaps that’s because Lesya was CMO of Heineken USA from … Continue reading “Boston Beer Has a New CMO”

Dear Client: Kansas City’s Boulevard had a tough 2018. They were down low singles, at least in volume. But Boulevard chief Jeff Krum and Co. think they’re going to have an up year in 2019. (Between themselves and Ommegang U.S. sales, in fact, they expect to do about 200,000 barrels.) Things are already looking better … Continue reading “With a Barrel of High-Profile Partnerships, Boulevard Looks to Grow Volume”

Dear Client: We’ve been grokking some of the fast-movers from the new Top 50 Craft Brewer list, which hit in early March. Hershey, Pennsylvania-based Troegs is one of those brewers. In fact, they’ve been hop-scotching their way up the list the last few years, landing at No. 38 in 2016, No. 30 in 2017 and … Continue reading “What’s Driving Troegs’ Growth”

Dear Client: We caught up with Modern Times founder Jacob McKean in the wake of his small-but-blockbuster San Diego brewer, which hit the new Top 50 Craft Brewers List, at no. 45, for the first time in 2018. We wanted to know what any journo would after such a showing: What the heck are they … Continue reading “On the Modern Times”