Dear Client: If you were wondering if A-B’s craft buying spree is over, wonder no more. The brewer just announced that they’ve purchased Ohio’s Platform Beer Co. for their Brewers Collective, which is now roughly 12 partners strong.  If you haven’t heard of Platform Beer Co., well, they’re already eyeing 40,000 barrels of production this … Continue reading “A-B Adds Ohio’s Platform Beer Co. to Brewers Collective”

Dear Client: This morning, the Brewers Association dropped their midyear tally for craft growth in 2019.  The category is up 4% in production volume half way through the year, which is on pace with the growth recorded over the full year in 2018, but a notch below the 2018 half-year trend, which was up 5%. … Continue reading “Craft Staying Steady, if Challenging, Up 4% At Midyear”

Dear Client: Noah Brown is back at Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing.  Noah left his post as director of national accounts at Uinta in April of last year, as some of you may recall, to become director of national accounts at Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist Brewery. Fun fact: Rhinegeist, which produced 100,000 barrels last year, is now … Continue reading “Noah Brown Returns to Uinta as VP of Sales”

Dear Client: Dogfish Head got the low-cal IPA ball rolling this year with Slightly Mighty – the 95-calorie, 4% ABV beer, brewed with monk fruit. It started shipping in late March, [see BBD 04-16-2019] .  A couple months after that, news hit that Anheuser-Busch’s very own Goose Island was piloting a 98-calorie, 3% ABV IPA, … Continue reading “More Top 50 Craft Brewers Eyeing Low-Cal IPAs”

Dear Client: It’s been a while since we’ve heard news on Atwater Brewery. What’s the Detroit brewer up to? Well, like a lot of brewers nowadays, they’re making a run at the hard seltzer category. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my 20 years of business in this industry, something like this come in … Continue reading “Atwater Rolling Out 100-Calorie Hard Seltzer Line”

Dear Client: As BBD reported this morning, Tamarron came out with its annual Malt Beverage Supplier Performance Survey, where distributors rate supplier performance “against supplier roles and responsibilities,” per Tamarron.  Not surprisingly, Boston took top honors again for the second year running. It snagged the top “overall average performance score,” at 3.61 (up 0.08 over … Continue reading “Boston Tops in Tamarron Again; What about Other Craft?”

Dear Client: While visiting the San Francisco Bay Area last week, we had to check out the largest area brewery, 21st Amendment. And they’re still growing, albeit slowly: Last year they did 113,000 barrels; this year, they’ll eke out a few more, producing about 116,000. Co-founder Nico Freccia was kind enough to give us a … Continue reading “San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Still Growing, Entering More Markets”

Dear Client: Odell, which just opened its first pilot brewery in Denver at RiNo Art District last year, has just announced a second location in Denver.  “The new facility, located in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood at the corner of 17th and Perry, will feature a 10-barrel pilot brewhouse and scratch pizza kitchen,” per brewer.  Odell … Continue reading “Odell Opening Another Denver Pilot Brewery Next Year, As Innovations Pull”

Yesterday, we reported midyear trends from CANarchy, up 28% YTD in IRI, with new markets. But Boston Beer is that little publicly traded brewer with no U.S. markets to open, and has the unenviable position of having a flagship brand that is an amber-colored lager, not exactly what’s on fire these days.  But, truly (get … Continue reading “Boston On Fire: Q2 Shipments, Depletions up 17%”

Dear Client: Yesterday, we reported midyear trends from CANarchy, the consortium that represents the no. 8 Brewers Association-defined craft brewer (as of the 2018 list), having produced more than 421,000 barrels.  Given their size and continued moves, we had some big “outlook” questions for president and COO Matt Fraser. You, dear reader, are a fly … Continue reading “CANarchy COO on Consolidation, Capital and More”

Dear Client: Hidden toward the bottom of a release about CANarchy brands’ YTD growth trends (they’re up 28% YTD in IRI, far outpacing craft’s general low-single digit growth) was news of an imminent new offering from Oskar Blues: One-y, a 100-calorie hazy IPA.  The company said the innovation (and other new offerings, noted below) are … Continue reading “Oskar Blues Announces One-y, 100-Calorie Hazy IPA”

Dear Client: It’s a sign of the times.  Karen and Richard Wood, a Colorado couple that founded Grand Lake Brewing in 2002, were planning to hand the reins to their two sons earlier this year, per Westword report, when one of the sons said he wanted to do something different. The son, Hunter Wood, wanted … Continue reading “Inside One of the Country’s First Seltzer Taprooms”

Dear Client: Can’t say this news surprises us. With A-B purchasing a company, Cutwater Spirits, to get into the ready-to-drink category, and Boulevard Brewing partnering with spirits companies to enter into the space with Fling Craft Cocktails… It only makes sense for Rogue to take advantage of its well-established distilling arm and join in on … Continue reading “Rogue Rolling Out Sparkling Canned Cocktails”

Dear Client: Today, the Nielsen crew presented a Power Hour with the Brewers Association probing the latest on craft drinker trends. It depicted the latest trends from their annual Craft Beer Insights Poll, which they’ve now done for five years, in conjunction with the Harris Poll and the BA.  Many of the trends were generally … Continue reading “Four Takeaways from the BA’s “Craft Consumer” Power Hour”

Dear Client: Yesterday we told you that New Belgium chief Steve Fechheimer thinks they can get Fat Tire back to growth. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen the brand grow in scandata.  In the latest Nielsen, the brand is down -6.9% on volume. “This is +5.9pts better than our YTD trend,” Steve says.  But looking … Continue reading “Fat Tire Launches New Campaign: “Finding Common Ground””