Hard Fought Branch Bill Passes in KY

A Kentucky bill that will prevent breweries from holding distribution and retail licenses has passed the state legislature and the Governor has said in a statement yesterday that he will sign the bill. The bill has been closely watched by the beer industry as a potential “sign of the times.” This means that Anheuser-Busch will… Read More…

Falconer Foundation Offers Scholarships

In collaboration with the Seibel Institute of Technology, the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering two full-tuition brewing education scholarships in 2015.  Both scholarship are full tuition grants and come with generous travel/lodging stipends. The first scholarship is to the World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology in Chicago in October 2015. The Concise Course… Read More…

Diageo Jumps in to Craft Category

The red hot craft beer industry is sucking in the global beer giants, venture capital and any investor chasing a buck. It was only a matter of time that Diageo, one of the world’s largest alcohol beverage companies with brands that include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Smirnoff, Baileys and Guinness would jump in too. Diageo… Read More…

Market Share – Spirits Up, Beer Down

Here are the market share numbers in dollar sales for 2014 by each alcohol beverage category; spirits = 35%, beer = 48% and wine = 17%. Compared to previous year, wine was flat while spirits picked up half a percentage point at the expense of beer. Here’s a comparison to 10 years ago to show… Read More…

BI Intro’s Tax Bill – BA Opposes

The Brewers Association has issued a press released indicates it opposed the BEER Act, legislation introduced in the U.S. house and supported by the Beer Institute. It begins by explaining that legislation was introduced in Congress that is supported by the BA and called the Small BREW Act. Bob Pease, CEO of the Brewers Association,… Read More…

BA Hires DC-based Gov’t Affairs Staffer

The Brewers Association has stepped up the legislative advocacy game by hiring a full-time, DC-based governmental affairs staff member. The BA press release in full;  Katherine “Katie” Marisic has been named Federal Affairs Manager at the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers. Based in Washington, D.C. Marisic… Read More…

BA Defines ‘Quality Beer’

The Brewers Association quality subcommittee has introduced a definition of quality beer, along with a vision and mission. The committee vision is stated as, “a membership that consistently produces beer of high quality.” Quality Beer is defined as, “a beer that is responsibly produced using wholesome ingredients, consistent brewing techniques and good manufacturing practices, which… Read More…

A Brewpub on the High Seas

According to an article in USA Today, Carnival cruise lines has announced that its next ship, the Carnival Vista, will have a brewpub on board. Craft beers are not new to the cruise line industry, but the RedFrog Pub, which will produce up to three beers on the 4,000-passenger ship will be this would be… Read More…

KABOOM Again! Craft Rocks Another Year

Still lots of figures to come in including production numbers from the Brewers Association member’s survey which just concluded. But based on scan data and some preliminary numbers-crunching by industry observers, craft grew a rock solid 18% for a total of 3 million barrels over previous year. That would put craft at nearly 20 million… Read More…

The “Big One” is Announced – AB buys Elysian

Many industry people knew that Anheuser-Busch has been shopping for a “big one” on the west coast. It’s no secret that the global company has been knocking on a lot of doors up and down the west coast looking for a willing seller. They found one. AB announced today that they have agreed to purchase… Read More…