A Brewpub on the High Seas

According to an article in USA Today, Carnival cruise lines has announced that its next ship, the Carnival Vista, will have a brewpub on board. Craft beers are not new to the cruise line industry, but the RedFrog Pub, which will produce up to three beers on the 4,000-passenger ship will be this would be… Read More…

KABOOM Again! Craft Rocks Another Year

Still lots of figures to come in including production numbers from the Brewers Association member’s survey which just concluded. But based on scan data and some preliminary numbers-crunching by industry observers, craft grew a rock solid 18% for a total of 3 million barrels over previous year. That would put craft at nearly 20 million… Read More…

The “Big One” is Announced – AB buys Elysian

Many industry people knew that Anheuser-Busch has been shopping for a “big one” on the west coast. It’s no secret that the global company has been knocking on a lot of doors up and down the west coast looking for a willing seller. They found one. AB announced today that they have agreed to purchase… Read More…

The Million Barrel Club Just Doubled

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. became the second craft brewer to surpass one million barrels of annual production as it grew by nearly 83,000 barrels in 2014 to end the year 1,067,000 bbls. Boston Beer is the leader of the pack at 4.4 mil bbls. The Million Barrel Club will soon get even larger, with New… Read More…

Lawsuit – No Lawsuit

First there was, then there wasn’t. Lagunitas Brewing Company, which filed a lawsuit Monday against Sierra Nevada Brewing Company over alleged trademark infringement on its new Hop Hunter IPA label, quickly withdrew from the dispute in true Lagunitas fashion – via Tweeter. On a quick series of tweets posted by Tony McGee, the founder and… Read More…

Lagunitas Sues Sierra in Trademark Dispute

Lagunitas Brewing Co. has sued Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. for trademark infringement. The disputed label is Sierra Nevada’s new Hop Hunter IPA. Lagunitas apparently claims that the use of all capital, large “IPA” lettering is too similar to the Lagunitas IPA label. The suit was filed Monday in the federal district of northern California. Sierra… Read More…

BA Intro’s Small BREW Act

For a third consecutive year, the Brewers Association sponsored Small BREW Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps Erik Paulsen (R-Minn) and Richard E Neal (D-Mass). The Senate companion bill is expected soon. The bill to recalibrate the federal excise tax on beer is the same as last year’s bill. The bill… Read More…

Happy (and of course Hoppy) Holidays!!

To all and each of you, the family of brewers, around the world – a heartfelt Happy Holidays. We all share the community, spirit and passion of the art and science of brewing. Let’s toast to beer! Cheers, The ProBrewer Team

Mergers, Acquisitions, Partnerships Heat Up

In what promises to be just another in a growing trend, the brewing group Mahou San Miguel of Spain has purchased a 30-percent stake in Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. Founders said the partnership would help the brewery tap the growing international market for craft beer, as well as allow Mahou to become directly involved… Read More…

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…