BA Announces Mid-year Growth Numbers

The Brewers Association announced that mid-year craft beer production volume increased by 8%.   “While the craft brewing industry is entering a period of maturation, most markets are not near saturation,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “As craft’s base gets larger, as with any industry, it becomes more difficult for it to grow… Read More…

DOJ Approves Mega-Merger; with Stipulations

As expected, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the acquisition of SABMiller by ABI. This was no surprise at all, but what, if any stipulations the DOJ would require as a condition of the merger has been of keen interest to the entire industry.   In addition to the expected divestiture of  its SABMiller’s U.S…. Read More…

North American Hop Acreage Surges

No surprise, demand for hops has increased dramatically with the swelling ranks of craft breweries in the U.S. and around the world. Fortunately, a record number of hops were planted in North American for the fourth year in a row. According to Hop Growers of America, 8,303 new acres of hops were planted this year,… Read More…

BI Announces Labeling Initiative

The Beer Institute has announced a new initiative to encourage its member companies to display specific consumer information on products, packaging or websites.  The “Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative” is a voluntarily program in which BI members will include a serving facts statement on their products, as well as disclose ingredients on either the label or… Read More…

Lagunitas Buys Three Breweries

Lagunitas Brewing announced that it is taking a stake in three breweries in different parts of the country and it will open up buildings in Portland, Oregon, and San Diego that nonprofits can use for fundraisers. Financial terms of the investments were not disclosed. The purchases were all funded by Lagunitas and did not require… Read More…

Craft Sales Slow

Latest IRI scan data indicate yet again that craft beer sales are beginning to slow as expected. As the category get larger with a bigger and bigger base, most industry analysts have predicted a gradual slowing rate in sales going forward. According to IRI, craft volume sales in multi-channel outlets are up 6.2% year-to-date through… 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…

EU OK’s Mega Merger. AB Incentive Plan Looked at in US

Anheuser-Busch InBev got the thumbs up from European regulators to proceed with its $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller. The decision was not unexpected after ABInBev shed numerous brands to satisfy regulators antitrust concerns.   U.S. regulators are continuing to review the merger and a decision was said to be expected soon. But that soon may… Read More…

Virginia Chalks Up Another

Constellation Brands plans to invest about $48 million to convert an existing building in Virginia into a new brewing facility for San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing, which the global alcohol beverage supplier acquired late last year for $1 billion.   Ballast Point produced about 275,000 bbls in 2015 at its San Diego brewery. Company officials… Read More…

AB Fined in WA for Trade Practice Violations

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board has fined Anheuser-Busch $150,000 charging AB with exerting “undue influence” at multiple entertainment venues in the Seattle area.   The WLCB is charging that AB, working through their branch-owned distributor, entered into sponsorship contracts at the venues to achieve a monopoly position, at the exclusion of all non-AB brands…. Read More…