Bottling and Canning Get Married

Meheen Manufacturing and Wild Goose Canning have announced that they have combined their businesses, bringing together a long established manufacturer of bottling machines with a new and innovative canning machine manufacturer. “We’re thrilled about the Meheen-Wild Goose partnership and the opportunities it creates for  our customers and employees,”. We know some craft producers prefer cans,… Read More…

Big Beer Buying Spree Continues

MillerCoors announced yesterday that they have acquired a majority stake in Revolver Brewing of Granbury Texas. This is the third craft brewery deal in the last month which includes Terrapin and Hop Valley. Saint Archer Brewing was acquired last fall. Like the previous craft brewery acquisitions, Revolver will operate under the Tenth and Blake high-end… Read More…

Screeech….Mega-Merger on Hold

The “Mega-Merger seems to have come to a screeching halt. AB InBev’s takeover bid for SABMiller has apparently been suspended after shareholders have said the deal is no longer solid after the pound’s recent Brexit plunge. The “integration” process to merge the operations of the two breweries together which begun some time ago has been… Read More…

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…