Dear Client:   The Brewers Association Top 50 Craft Brewers List for 2020 just hit. Despite a year that was as tough and transformational as it gets, the list seemed to stay largely stable from year prior.  “The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed where Americans purchased alcohol in 2020,” the BA said in its list release announcement.  … Continue reading “The New Top 50 Craft Brewers”

Dear Client:   Legion Brewing – a small, five-year-old brewery based in Charlotte, North Carolina – is dropping some big money this year to build out its presence in its home city. Big money indeed, Legion is currently wrapping up two expansion projects in the city that are expected to cost the brewer a total of … Continue reading “Charlotte’s Legion Brewing Spending $13 Million on Two Expansion Projects”

Dear Client:   The reopenings of own-premise locations continue to roll in… Sierra Nevada announced this week that it plans to reopen its respective taprooms and gift shops in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina in May, per Chico Enterprise-Record. Both taprooms have been closed for over a year. (Sierra joins a number of breweries … Continue reading “Sierra Nevada Reopening Taprooms in Chico and Mills River in May”

Dear Client:   It would appear Stone Brewing’s new leadership team is all in place. Within the past month or so, the California craft brewer has hired a vice president of strategy, a VP of marketing, and today announced a senior vice president of sales in Tom McReavy. Tom, who will oversee national sales as well … Continue reading “Stone Rounds Out New Leadership Team with SVP of Sales Hire”

Dear Client:   Yesterday, Boulevard brass filled us in on new leadership, and a push for more collaboration among Duvel USA brands. So: How did Belgian-inspired Brewery Ommegang, which overindexes on-premise, finish last year?  “Brewery Ommegang finished down in 2020 due to the on-premise environment and our relative [concentration] in that area,” Duvel USA sales and … Continue reading “Ommegang Poised for “One of its Strongest Years” in its History”

Dear Client:   Anyone who follows beer knows that Boulevard had a reckoning earlier this year when accusations of harassment surfaced, starting in January. Since then, several leaders and employees have departed in the wake of the company’s investigations into allegations of harassment and workplace hostility, including Duvel USA chief Jeff Krum and VP marketing, Natalie … Continue reading “What’s Next for Boulevard”

Dear Client:   The city of Boston is slowly starting to reopen, and Boston Beer’s Sam Adams is letting residents know “that it’s back in full force,” reports the Boston Business Journal. Indeed, this week the brewer is unveiling some of its new marketing material for the upcoming baseball season at Fenway Park, reopening its relatively … Continue reading “Sam Adams Springing Back in Boston”

Dear Client:   Alltech Lexington Brewing Company has been around for 20-plus years now, and you know what’s fascinating? They’ve never put out a product that didn’t have the work “Kentucky” on it. Well, until now. Yes, the brewer, known for their barrel-aged brews, is stepping outside of their comfort zone and launching a new line … Continue reading “Lexington Brewing Launching Cantiki Cocktail Co.”

Dear Client:   When we write about suppliers and distributors fighting over termination, it’s usually small craft brewer versus big distributor, or big distributor versus big supplier. You don’t often see small supplier and small distributor getting into it. But if it had to happen somewhere, Massachusetts, with its long history of franchise reform fracas, would … Continue reading “More Franchise Drama in Mass: Night Shift, Loverboy Grapple Over (Any) Compensation”

Dear Client:   Toppling Goliath, the revered brewer whose stouts top the “top rated” lists on the likes of BeerAdvocate and Untappd, is entering the Texas market.  We snagged a couple details on the move from president Clark Lewey.  The 12-year-old brewer out of Decorah, Iowa is bigger than we realized: Clark told CBD that they … Continue reading “Toppling Goliath Entering Texas”

Dear Client:   Last week, the TTB accepted a $1.8 million offer in compromise from Stone Brewing for a handful of alleged violations that occurred between July 1, 2017 through January 31, 2020, per TTB site.  Over this near three-year stretch, the California brewer is largely accused of failing to pay certain excise taxes and falling … Continue reading “TTB Accepts $1.8 Million Offer in Compromise from Stone Brewing”

Dear Client:   UK-based C&C Group announced this morning the sale of Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC to Northeast Drinks Group, a “privately owned holding company with members originally from the Northeast that have experience across the beverage sector,” per Vermont Hard Cider Company (VCC) memo to distributors. It appears Northeast Drinks Group (NDG) will also … Continue reading “C&C Selling Vermont Hard Cider Co. to Private Holding Company”

Dear Client:   How’s this for a differentiation point in seltzers? A hard seltzer whose alcohol content is derived from actual fruit.  Yes, that’s the proposition with Ficks Hard Seltzer, which bills itself as “the first seltzer crafted from real fruit juice.” (Note: There are tons of seltzers out there so, who knows… but that’s the … Continue reading “Ficks Hard Seltzer Claims to be the First Crafted “From Real Fruit Juice””

Dear Client:   Massachusetts’ brewers and distributors finally came to a monumental agreement on franchise reform early this year. Prior to this legislation, brewers were pretty much locked into a distributor for life.  But now, one dispute between a local craft brewer and distributor is putting those new laws to the test.  Recall, the franchise reform … Continue reading “Mass Distributor Tries to Block Termination, Claiming Franchise Law Reform Unconstitutional”

Dear Client:   A few lucky Asheville breweries are making their TV debut this month on the docuseries “Crafted,” including one of the oldest breweries in the region, Green Man Brewery.  The docuseries, which premiered on Amazon Prime last year, explores the craft brewing scene of a different region each season. Each 14-minute episode (four per … Continue reading “NC’s Green Man Brewery to be Featured in “Crafted” Docuseries on Amazon”