Starbucks to Expand Beer Concept

Starbucks has announced it will expand its beer and wine availability beginning early next year. Those store units will also contain an expanded food menu. The company first experimented with the concept in its home town of Seattle in 2010. With that success, it added beer and wine to stores in six major cities across… Read More…

2014 craft beer in review

The numbers are in from the Brewers Association in Colorado. “It’s remarkable to see how beer has evolved in the past century. Year over year we’re seeing tremendous growth in the craft beer sector and 2014 proved that craft beer is moving into the mainstream,” Bart Watson, BA chief economist said for a press release…. Read More…

Reyes Takes #1 Spot with Florida Acquisition

Reyes Beverage Group, with the recent acquisition of Gold Coast Beverage Distributors in Florida has sent the company into the number one slot of largest wholesaler in the country. The top veer wholesaler before? Anheuser-Busch InBev, which now falls to the #2 position. Gold Coast Beverage Distributors Inc. of Doral, Florida, distributes 27 million cases… Read More…

A More ‘Beer’ Friendly Skies

In an increasing trend, Delta Air Lines announced that they will begin adding a selection of regional craft beers to many of their flights. The airline currently serves beer from Boston Beer Company on all flights and beer from Sweet Water Brewery on a few routes. The airline will add to that beers from Ballast… Read More…

AB Announces Layoffs

Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced that it will lay off a number of positions. This comes as no surprise – the company has trimmed its workforce significantly since it was purchased by InBev. North American division staff has fallen from 21,800 in early 2009 to 17,000 as of the end of 2013. There has been no… Read More…

Green Flash & Alpine Brewing Create Unique Partnership

Green Flash Brewing and Alpine Beer Company have announced a unique partnership in which the breweries “will join forces, teaming up to share resources, knowledge and experience.” In a press release, Alpine founders Pat and Val McIlhenney and Green Flash founders Mike and Lisa Hinkley described the affiliation as mutually beneficial. The press release describes… Read More…

ABInBev Takes Cue from Craft – Will Open Tasting Room & Restaurant

Anheuser-Busch will take a cue from the craft brewing segment and open a new restaurant and beer garden at their Fort Collins plant. Construction is now underway to transform the tasting room and tour center into a gift shop, educational classroom, restaurant and bar with outdoor seating. There will be up to 30 beers on… Read More…

ABInBev Buys Yet Another

In news that has reverberated throughout the craft brewing industry, Anheuser-Busch announced yesterday that it has acquired 10 Barrel Brewing Company, located in Bend, Ore. This is the second craft brewery acquisition this year for ABInBev. It acquired New York’s Blue Point Brewing in February and now owns outright three craft breweries (including Goose Island)… Read More…

A Stone’s Throw Away – Virginia Picked for East Coast Brewery

San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. has announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination… Read More…

Tit for Tat – As the Industry Turns

As the craft beer industry grows and becomes more and more crowded, it will surely begin to exhibit symptoms of ‘too many rates in the cage.” One sign of this may be the tweeter-complaining by Pretty Things Beer and ale Project based in Massachusetts about retail accounts in Boston who sell their tap handle space… Read More…