BA Announces CBC Keynote Speakers

The annual Craft Brewers Conference has become so large, attracting over 13,00 attendees last year in Philadelphia, that it now takes not one – but two keynote speakers!   The 2017 CBC will be held in Washington DC this spring, with professional speaker, author and adventurist Alison Levine and well-known industry veteran Dick Cantwell picked… Read More…

Simplifying TTB Tax Reporting Finally Goes into Place

The long road to simplifying the TTB reporting and tax payment system has finally concluded. From the Brewers Association statement:   The culmination of an effort started more than a decade ago by the Brewers Association to reduce financial and paperwork burdens for thousands of small brewers was achieved when changes to excise tax due… Read More…

Pabst and New Holland Partner on Distribution

New Holland Brewing Co. in Michigan and Pabst Brewing Co. announced today they will enter into a partnership agreement that focuses on the national distribution and sales of New Holland’s full portfolio of craft beer.   “This partnership allows us to distribute our beer brands to more consumers throughout the country by leveraging PBC’s robust… Read More…

Grossman Gives Big to UCD Brewing School

Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Katie Gonser, presented the University of California at Davis with a $2 million check for the campus’ brewing science program.   Announced last Thursday, a few days before Christmas, the donation will establish an endowment for a full-time brewing position at UC Davis. The first Sierra… Read More…

Craft Count Hits 5000

The Brewers Association (BA) released a “2016 Craft Beer in Review” report today, with the standout statistic being that the number of craft breweries in the U.S. has now surpassed the 5000 mark.   Touching on the chaotic changes in the industry during the last year, Bart Watson, chief economist at the BA said, “In… Read More…

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…