Craft Up 18% in First Half

Craft brewers (as defined by the Brewers Association) increased volume by 18 percent during the first half of the year. “From January through the end of June 2014, approximately 10.6 million barrels of beer were sold by craft brewers, up from 9.0 million barrels over the first half of 2013. (Note: The 18 percent growth… Read More…

Europe, Here We Come!

San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Co. has announced an alliance with Belgium-based Brewery St-Feuillien to brew, bottle and ship Green Flash’s West Coast IPA to 11 European countries throughout Europe. The announcement comes at the same time that Stone Brewing Co. made headlines saying they plan to build a brewery in Berlin, Germany. Green Flash… Read More…

GABF Tix Go on Sale July 29th

Great American Beer Festival tickets go on sale July 29 for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association. The general public sale begins (and ends) the next day. Remember, the festival has sold out each of the past six years, and in a matter of minutes in 2013. Sales begin each day at… Read More…

More Prime Time for Craft

A new reality show on The History Channel will follow the Dark Horse Brewing Co. of Michigan. According to the show’s official website;  “Dark Horse nation is not only about crafting great beer, it’s a way of life. Their recipe for success is as much about experimentation and trouble-shooting as it is self-taught skill and… Read More…

Stone Announces New Brewery in Germany

Stone Brewing Co. announced today that they will be opening a new brewery in Germany. “This is a historic moment for Stone,” said Stone CEO and Co-Founder Greg Koch in a prepared statement. “I’ve wanted to say these next words for many years now: We’re coming to Europe. We’re coming to Germany. We are coming… Read More…

Stroh Brewing – From 3rd Largest Brewery to Zero

A history lesson. Because if we care to, we can learn from history. Few people remember that the Stroh Brewing Company was the third largest brewery in the US in the 1980’s. Today, the family has literally gone from a $9 billion (yes, that is a “B”) fortune to virtually zero. “We made the decision… Read More…

Another ESOP

Not surprisingly, in an industry that is rooted in passion, collaboration and commitment to product and company values, a number of craft brewers have become employee-owned companies in recent years as the pioneering generation edges towards retirement age. Perhaps the most visible craft brewery to sell to its employees is the New Belgium Brewing Co…. Read More…

Prez Has a Pint at Wynkoop

President Obama, in Denver yesterday, made a surprise and unannounced visit to the Wynkoop Brewery in the LoDo section of Denver. After dining at a restaurant down the street, the president strolled up to the Wynkoop where he was met by Colorado governor and Wynkoop founder John Hickenlooper.   The two shared a pint of… Read More…

GABF Entries Rise by 80%

An amazing 1,360 breweries will enter beers into the Great American Beer Festival competition this year, an increase from 750 entries last year, according to the Brewers Association.   The BA used a new registration process that allowed any brewery to enter, but limited the number of entries to a maximum of four.   The… Read More…

TTB Offers Online Tool for Label Changes

The TTB has just launched the “Label Generator Tool” for industry members to help brewers better understand what changes are allowed to your approved labels without submitting a new Application for and Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval (COLA). This will allow brewers who want to make small changes to an existing beer label to skip the… Read More…