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…

Bubble Talk

At the annual Beer Marketer’s Insight conference in Chicago last week, two industry economists shared the podium together to talk numbers. Bart Watson from the Brewers Association and Lester Jones, who is leaving a long term post at the Beer Institute to take a new seat at the National Beer Wholesalers Association, were both in… Read More…

Craft Going to TV?

A few larger craft brewers have gently experimented with TV advertising in the past, but for the most part, craft brewers have stayed away from the high cost of TV. That may be changing. Once the sole domain of the major brewers, two new TV ads from craft brewers have just launched. “Mainland” from Kona… Read More…

To the Skies We Go!

Craft beer, long ago once found only at specialty wine shops, natural food stores and beer geek pubs, has found its way into just about every retail outlet. Even the “C” stores. And perhaps one of the biggest retail barriers to fall in recent years is the major sports stadiums – once the sole domain… Read More…

Jeff Becker Passes

Beer Institute CEO and industry advocate will be missed Jeff Becker, Beer Institute CEO and friend of many in our industry passed away yesterday. Becker died peacefully at his home following a brave battle with cancer. He was a tireless advocate and a true champion of the beer industry. I had many opportunities to chat… Read More…

‘Killer’ Tax Proposed in Oregon

The 1900% beer tax hike would be a knife in the heart of Oregon’s craft beer industry I recently made a trip up to Portland to attend the “No New Oregon Beer Tax Rally” at the Green Dragon. What I found out about the tax hike proposed by Oregon House Bill 2461 shocked me and… Read More…

A Personal GABF Journey

Surviving the GABF – by Banjo The 27th annual Great American Beer Festival is over and, now that my liver and other assorted organs have sufficiently recovered, I can tell you all about it. This was my 8th foray into the lunacy that is the GABF. The week of the event is always a very… Read More…

Affordable ‘Luxury’

Craft beer seemingly thrives in tough economic times A lot of gloom and doom out there. Higher prices across the board, consumer spending down, volatile stock market and bad economic news just about every day. And yet, the craft beer market continues to thrive. OK, maybe not boom like it has the past few years…. Read More…

Costco – Beginning of the End?

Guest commentary by Jay Brooks In one of the most watched legal battles in recent years, the judge yesterday in the Costco case in Washington state may have signaled bad times ahead for small retailers and small breweries. Her short-sighted ruling followed most courts’ bias in recent years that favor big business over the consumer… Read More…

Amazing A-B Turnaround! Wow, That Was Fast!

Guest commentary by Jay Brooks Wow, these guys are good. Just a few weeks ago A-B was talking about their earnings dip like the sky was falling, running around doing anything they could think of. “Pick up more imports” (Grolsch), try to buy up some microbreweries, “create an ad campaign to celebrate beer” (Here’s to… Read More…