Dick Cantwell Joins BA as QA Ambassador

The Brewers Association has announced the appointment of Dick Cantwell as Quality Ambassador. In this role, Cantwell will make presentations across the country at state guild conferences and other places where brewers gather. “A commitment to ensuring high quality craft beer is a top priority for the Brewers Association,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association…. Read More…

Duvel Moortgat Joins Firestone Walker

Belgian-based Duvel Moortgat and California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Company and have announced they will combine their two companies in the United States. FW founder David Walker and Adam Firestone and Michel Moortgat, CEO of Duvel Moortgat, signed an agreement earlier this week, and the transaction is expected to close later this year. Because it is… Read More…

FDA Delays Menu Requirements

The anticipated FDA requirement to force chain restaurants (with 10 or more locations) to post calorie and other ingredient information on menus for beer has been postponed for one year. The date has now been delayed until December 1, 2016 to allow for more industry input. More details to follow on this story as they… Read More…

M & A’s Continue – Durango Brewing Sells Majority Stake

The rapid pace of mergers and acquisitions of craft brewers is at “an all time high” as 2015 continues to churn out one M&A after another. The latest is Durango Brewing Co. in its namesake Colorado town. According to an article in the Durango Times, the 25 year-old brewery has sold a majority interest in… Read More…

Half of Worlds Beer Brewed by Top 4

According to a new report released by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the top four global brewers, ABInBev, SABMiller, Heineken, and Carlsberg now account for 47% of the total global beer produce and 74% of the profit. Massive consolidation in the worldwide brewing industry during the last 10 years is responsible for the “new era”… Read More…

And Then There Were Three

Lagunitas Brewing Company owner Tony McGee made the big announcement the way he always breaks the news; via Twitter. Tony (@LagunitasT) announced that Lagunitas will be building a third brewery, this one in southern California in the town of Azusa, a small suburb in the San Gabriel Valley. Tony said a new building is already… Read More…

UC Davis Brewing School Receives $1 Million Donation

Carlos Alvarez, founder and owner of The Gambrinus Company of San Antonio, Texas, announced a $1 million gift to the brewing science program at UC Davis. The gift will fund new brewing and laboratory equipment at UC Davis to create the brewery of the future. Alvarez previously announced a similar gift, also worth $1 million,… Read More…

BrewDog confirms it will build brewery in Ohio

Scottish-based BrewDog confirmed today that it will build a new brewery in Columbus, Ohio, with a plan to make it the base of further expansion into the U.S. market. “Columbus has got a fantastic beer scene already, so it’s going to be fun to brew our beer in this vibrant Midwestern metro,” the company stated… Read More…

And Then There Was One – Tax Bill

After a ‘battle of the bills” between two competing beer tax bills in Congress, an Oregon Senator has stepped forward with a singular solution; a one-size-fits-all tax reduction bill for wine, spirits and beer. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced today the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S. 1562) which aims to reduce excise… Read More…

Brooklyn Continues European Partnerships

Brooklyn Brewery and Denmark’s Carlsberg have announced another brewing collaboration, this time with Ringnes in Norway. The three companies will develop a new brewery with pub, restaurant, conference facilities and visitor center established at the existing Ringnes E.C. Dahls brewery site in Trondheim, Norway. The brewery will produce both popular local Dahls beer and new… Read More…