ABInBev to Open Goose Island Pub in London

According to the Telegraph, Anheuser-Busch InBev has said it will open a Goose Island pub in London by the end of the year. A second London location and a Belgium location are slated for some time next year. he brewing giant behind Budweiser is to roll out its first European chain of pubs based on… Read More…

TTB Gets Record Trade Practice Settlement

The Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has signaled a possible crackdown on “pay-to-play” in the beer industry by announcing yesterday a major settlement with the Craft Brewers Guild for illegally paying retail licensees money to stock their brands.   Craft Brewers Guild, a beer wholesaler in Massachusetts, had already admitted to state alcohol regulators… Read More…

AB Buys Its Ninth Craft Brewery

Anheuser-Busch InBev announced today the acquisition of its ninth craft brewery, Karbach Brewing Company in Texas. The deal was announced just two months after the U.S. Department of Justice closed its antitrust investigation following the AB acquisition of Devil Backbone Brewing. The DOJ stated at that time that they would “scrutinize any future craft acquisitions.”… Read More…

GABF; 35 and Alive and Bigger in All Ways

The 2016 Great American Beer Festival was, yet again, bigger, and I suppose better, than ever before. The massive festival has become overwhelming on almost all fronts. But the near perfect execution by the Brewers Association, host of the GABF, has created a festival that is just plain epic in scale and in performance. Yes,… Read More…

French Company Buys Seattle Brewer & Cidery

Cider Company and Two Beers, a jointly-owned and operated Seattle craft brewery and cidery announced that they have sold to a French cooperative called Agrial. The sale is intended to provide the two companies with the capital for expansion.   “The merger and further partnership will help Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing grow… Read More…

The Billion Dollar Impact of Homebrewing

Research by the American Homebrewers Association suggests that the total impact of homebrewing on the American economy was $1.225 billion in 2015, and that homebrewing created 11,672 jobs.   An AHA survey found that 815 shops sold home beverage-making supplies to the nation’s estimated 1.2 million homebrewers in 2015, with collective revenues estimated at $764… Read More…

Foundation Offers Full Scholarship to ABG Course

In collaboration with the American Brewers Guild, Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering a full-tuition scholarship to the Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering program. The Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course is a 22-week distance education program with a final week of residential instruction.  The course is designed for brewers and homebrewers who lack… Read More…

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…

DOJ Closes Investigation of ABI’s Devils Backbone Acquisition

After a four month inquiry, the Department of Justice has concluded its investigation of the Anheuser Busch InBev’s acquisition of Devils Backbone Brewing Company. The DOJ stated in a press release that “after careful consideration, the division has determined that, in light of the distribution relief secured in the ABI/SABMiller settlement, the competitive implications of… 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…