Reyes Buys Craft Distrib Windy City

Reyes Beverage Group has reached an agreement to purchase Windy City Distribution, the distributor of craft beers in Chicago that was founded by brothers Jim and Jason Ebel in 1999. Windy City operates in eight northern Illinois counties with about 40 craft breweries. Reyes’ Chicago Beverage Systems and Windy City will not integrate their operations…. Read More…

New Belgium to Boost Capacity to 1.2 Million BBls

From a company press release; Two cranes, 16 tanks, six days. New Belgium Brewing will install 12 new fermentation vessels and four bright beer tanks (all 2,200 hectoliter) between December 17 and 22. The additional capacity will help New Belgium achieve a potential capacity of 840,000 barrels of beer production in Fort Collins. The increased… Read More…

BA Takes Stance on ‘Faux’ Craft Beer

The Brewers Association issued the following statement regarding the increase in production and promotion of craft-like beers by large, non-craft breweries: An American craft brewer is defined as small and independent. Their annual production is 6 million barrels of beer or less and no more than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or… Read More…

Fosters Helps Fuel SABMiller Growth

SABMiller posted a 12% increase in first half (six months through September) profits with beer volumes up 4%. The acquisition of Foster’s helped the world’s second largest brewer offset slowing growth in some emerging markets and tough economic conditions in Europe and the United States the company said. SABMiller spent $11.8 billion to buy Foster’s… Read More…

Craft Brewers Represented at the White House

Co-founder Deb Carey of New Glarus Brewing met with President Barack Obama yesterday at the White House. Deb was one of 15 small business owners to speak with the president about the Presidents economic plan including addressing the fast approaching change to the tax code unless Congress enacts alternative solutions.. Carey and her husband, Dan,… Read More…

Beer to Honor Ben Harris

Redhook has announced that Ben Harris Beer, a beer brewed in honor of Ben Harris, the Redhook brewery employee who died in an accident at the Portsmouth brewery earlier this year will be available throughout New England and other markets. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Benjamin Harris 2012 Memorial Fund. “Ben Harris… Read More…

Hall to Leave Goose Island

Major-brand wanna-be faux craft brand Anheuser-Busch has announced that John Hall, founder of Goose Island Beer Company will step down as CEO. John, who founded Goose Island Beer Company in 1988 and sold it to Anheuser-Busch last year will be replaced by longtime AB executive Andy Goeler who most recently served as AB’s vice president… Read More…

Brewbound Agenda Announced

The Brewbound Craft Beer Session, which will take place at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego, Calif. on Thursday, November 29 has just announced the full agenda for the day. Billed as a “strategic learning opportunity for craft brewers,” for the craft beer industry, the conference features a number of talks and… Read More…

SAVOR Moves to NYC for 2013

After five consecutive years of hosting SAVOR in Washington, D.C., the Brewers Association announced that it will hold the event in New York City. In 2013, SAVOR will be held on June 14 and 15 at the Metropolitan Pavilion and adjoining Altman Building in Manhattan. The two-night event will return to the National Building Museum… Read More…

High Country Buys CBD in CO

High Country Beverage based in Northern Colorado announced the acquisition of Colorado Beverage Distributing, Inc. The purchase will result in two new branch operations along the Western Slope of Colorado, located in Grand Junction and Montrose, Colorado. With the acquisition of Colorado Beverage Distributing, Inc., High Country Beverage’s market will grow to include Delta, Gunnison,… Read More…