Dear Client: Seeing as our publication’s name is Craft Business Daily, we thought it would be fitting to bring you some of the most recent numbers surrounding the U.S. craft spirits industry. As sister publication Wine & Spirits Daily reported earlier this week, the Craft Spirits Data Project – a research initiative led by the … Continue reading “Sizing Up Craft Spirits; How Does it Compare to Craft Beer?”

Dear Client: How many craft brewers can say their fall volumes are “solid”? Sierra Nevada says theirs are. We caught up with VP of sales Ellie Preslar to check in on year-end trends for the million-plus-barrel brewer.  Overall, “especially if we look at the more recent period — our volume is trending really solid,” said … Continue reading “Sierra’s Fall Volumes are “Really Solid””

Dear Client: Scottish craft brewer BrewDog held a grand opening reception for its new massive 30,000-square-foot location on the Las Vegas strip Friday, which US CEO Jason Block told CBD was incredibly “well-received and well-attended.” The westward move marks a foray into new US territory for BrewDog, which has mainly stuck to the Midwest with … Continue reading “BrewDog Bets on Vegas Building Brand Awareness”

Dear Client: As BBD reported this morn, we had some time with the High End brass at A-B this week to take stock of their year and peek at some blueprints for the future.  Leading the “high end” of the beer business has moved to Anheuser-Busch’s second commercial priority (taking the place of seltzer from … Continue reading “A-B Craft Bets on Both National and Slowly Scaled Plays”

Dear Client: How are distributors managing relationships – new and old- with suppliers in the age of innovation? It’s not easy, Jessica Muskey, VP of craft and innovation at Reyes Beer Distributing, and Jeff Hansson, CEO of Scout Distribution, acknowledged during a discussion at Brewbound Live this week.  ON COMMUNICATION WITH BOOTS ON THE GROUND. … Continue reading “Wholesalers Dish on What They Need From Brewers in Innovation Era”

Dear Client: Oklahoma City-based COOP Beverage Works, makers of Sonic Hard Beverages, has just announced a deal to bring yet another non-alc brand into the bev alc space. They’ve entered into a “multiyear licensing agreement” with Chicago-based, fruit-flavored drink producer, Tampico Beverages, to make a Tampico-branded Hard Punch. (Check out the brewpic of the new … Continue reading “COOP Beverage Works Strikes Deal with Tampico Beverages for Hard Punch”

Dear Client: Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson took the stage at Brewbound Live this morning to announce a grim prediction for the craft beer industry: “I think, unfortunately, in the short term, this is going to get worse. I think this challenge is here for the foreseeable future.”  He’s, of course, referring to down … Continue reading ““This is Going to Get Worse”: BA Chief Economist on Where Things Stand On-Premise And Beyond”

Dear Client: Stone Distributing Company has made a lot of news this year. Readers will recall that it was of course cut out of the deal for Sapporo to buy Stone Brewing for $165 million, announced this summer. As a standalone entity, it still appears to be thriving. As we reported earlier this month, when … Continue reading “Stone Distributing Co.’s New GM on What’s Driving Recent Trends”

Dear Client: Lagunitas wants to bring back “the theater” of in-person drinking as consumers return on-premise post-Covid.  And they plan to entertain consumers – and try out new trends – through their new innovation brewery, called Disorderly House of Brewing, slated to open early December.  CBD got to tour the new facility recently at Lagunitas’ … Continue reading “Lagunitas Embraces Beyond Beer Innovation at New Disorderly House Of Brewing”

Dear Client: There aren’t many top craft brewers growing their business this year, even less growing off the back of their original beer, and we can hardly think of any that are gearing up to launch their first year-round IPA ever. But that’s astonishingly all the case for Allagash Brewing. Indeed, the brewer hosted a … Continue reading “Allagash Up 6% in 2022, as Flagship Grows Double Digits”

Dear Client: Among a sea of (floundering) alcoholic seltzers, there’s NOCA: the self-described “world’s first non-carbonated boozy beverage brand.”  Drawing a line in the sand over bubbles in their water has resonated with their over 160,000 TikTok users, arguably some of the most important consumers to reach. Their on-trend lemonade FMB offerings are hot with … Continue reading “Built on TikTok: NOCA, A Top Alcohol Brand on the App, Gearing up to Double Distribution”

Dear Client: Today, OG craft brewer Brooklyn Brewery is announcing a pivotal move: The company will remain in its iconic Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood, but relocate four blocks away from its current North 11th Street location, into the new Greenpoint-Williamsburg Industrial Business Zone at 1 Wythe Avenue, where it will be the anchor tenant.  Brooklyn hopes … Continue reading “Brooklyn Brewery Moving HQ to 1 Wythe Ave in 2024”

Dear Client: Flying Dog, the 35th largest craft brewer in the U.S., is leveraging a new beyond beer division to debut a hard tea ahead of the holidays.  The 8% ABV “Killer Hard Tea” Lemon flavor represents the first offering from Gonzo Drinks. It’s hitting Flying Dog’s Maryland backyard this week, slated to hit all … Continue reading “Flying Dog’s New Beyond Beer Unit, Gonzo Drinks, Debuts High Octane “Killer Hard Tea””

Dear Client: The current state of affairs in the three tiers – which sees brewers presenting a more focused approach to innovation, distributors taking and ordering less, and retailers culling shelf space from certain segments (like craft) – bring about a less-than-ideal setting for craft heading into 2023.  But the Brewers Association’s chief economist Bart … Continue reading “Bart: Craft is in Store for “A Good Reset””

Dear Client: This morning, Stone Distributing Company announced it would take on longtime Southern California craft brand, 35k-barrel Coronado Brewing Co., starting next month.   “Stone Distributing Co. will represent Coronado Brewing’s brands in territories including San Diego County, Orange County, Los Angeles County, as well as large portions of San Bernardino and Riverside County,” per … Continue reading “Stone Distributing Picks Up Coronado Brewing Co.”