Craft Partnering Continues

Huss Brewing Co. of Tempe, Arizona has acquired fellow Arizona brewery Papago Brewing Company, located in Scottsdale. Well known Papago, now 15 years old and known for its Orange Blossom wheat beer will keep the Scottsdale brewpub and restaurant open and continue to operate as usual. Meanwhile, Huss Brewing has added additional tanks and will… Read More…

Bubble? What Bubble?

The consistent and prolonged success of the craft brewing industry seems to have confounded many people, including those in the mainstream media. There has been a steady trend of articles suggesting that there are simply too many breweries in the U.S. and that the craft beer bubble could pop at any time. Many have compared… Read More…

Mitch Steele Leaves Stone to Start Own Project

One of the most well-known brewers in the industry, Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing Co., has announced he will be leaving the company to start his own brewing project. He did not announce details of the project, only to say that he would be partnering with a handful of investors. His last day at Stone… Read More…

Massive CBC Concludes in Philly

For those of you who were in Philadelphia last week for the annual Brewers Association Craft Brewers Conference, it was a sight to behold. Over 13,000 industry members descended on the city, taking over the nightlife, city-life and massive convention center for the week. This was a big jump in attendance even over just one… Read More…

George Hancock Passes

George Hancock, craft brewery pioneer and legend has sadly passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 71. George was the former president of the Pyramid Brewing Company, which was a merger of two early pioneering breweries, Thomas Kemper Brewing and Hart Brewing. The two breweries merged into one company in 1985 and later… Read More…

POP! There Goes Another

MillerCoors announced today that they have bought a controlling interest in Saint Archer Brewery of San Diego. The sale price was not disclosed. In the classic post-sale announcement, Saint Archer said that the funders will continue to operate the brewery and all employees will stay on with no changes to the product. Yet in a… Read More…

AB Gobbles Up the Industry

Can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. That seems to be the path that Anheuser-Busch is taking these days. Two major announcements came out of AB this week. Seemingly unconnected. But perhaps part of a master plan. The first was the acquisition of two beer wholesalers in the craft-rich San Francisco Bay Area. AB announced that they… Read More…

M & A’s Continue – Durango Brewing Sells Majority Stake

The rapid pace of mergers and acquisitions of craft brewers is at “an all time high” as 2015 continues to churn out one M&A after another. The latest is Durango Brewing Co. in its namesake Colorado town. According to an article in the Durango Times, the 25 year-old brewery has sold a majority interest in… Read More…

AB Fires Back at Craft in Super Bowl Ad

The question is, did they just hit themselves in the foot? There’s a whole lotta talkin going on in the industry about the Budweiser Super Bowl ad heard round the world. Within our industry, maybe even more talk than the final interception catch. Anheuser-Busch has taken its shots at the craft category before, which is… Read More…

The ABC’s of Marijuana and Beer

The annual National Conference for State Liquor Administrators was held last week in San Antonio, TX. This conference is attended by state alcohol beverage regulatory agencies and other liquor control departments along with many trade associations and stakeholders in the industry. One panel discussion addressed the regulation and enforcement of both medical and recreational marijuana…. Read More…