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…

The Billion Dollar Impact of Homebrewing

Research by the American Homebrewers Association suggests that the total impact of homebrewing on the American economy was $1.225 billion in 2015, and that homebrewing created 11,672 jobs.   An AHA survey found that 815 shops sold home beverage-making supplies to the nation’s estimated 1.2 million homebrewers in 2015, with collective revenues estimated at $764… Read More…

Foundation Offers Full Scholarship to ABG Course

In collaboration with the American Brewers Guild, Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering a full-tuition scholarship to the Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering program. The Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course is a 22-week distance education program with a final week of residential instruction.  The course is designed for brewers and homebrewers who lack… Read More…

Craft Partnering Continues

Huss Brewing Co. of Tempe, Arizona has acquired fellow Arizona brewery Papago Brewing Company, located in Scottsdale. Well known Papago, now 15 years old and known for its Orange Blossom wheat beer will keep the Scottsdale brewpub and restaurant open and continue to operate as usual. Meanwhile, Huss Brewing has added additional tanks and will… Read More…

DOJ Closes Investigation of ABI’s Devils Backbone Acquisition

After a four month inquiry, the Department of Justice has concluded its investigation of the Anheuser Busch InBev’s acquisition of Devils Backbone Brewing Company. The DOJ stated in a press release that “after careful consideration, the division has determined that, in light of the distribution relief secured in the ABI/SABMiller settlement, the competitive implications of… Read More…

Bubble? What Bubble?

The consistent and prolonged success of the craft brewing industry seems to have confounded many people, including those in the mainstream media. There has been a steady trend of articles suggesting that there are simply too many breweries in the U.S. and that the craft beer bubble could pop at any time. Many have compared… Read More…

Bottling and Canning Get Married

Meheen Manufacturing and Wild Goose Canning have announced that they have combined their businesses, bringing together a long established manufacturer of bottling machines with a new and innovative canning machine manufacturer. “We’re thrilled about the Meheen-Wild Goose partnership and the opportunities it creates for  our customers and employees,”. We know some craft producers prefer cans,… Read More…

Big Beer Buying Spree Continues

MillerCoors announced yesterday that they have acquired a majority stake in Revolver Brewing of Granbury Texas. This is the third craft brewery deal in the last month which includes Terrapin and Hop Valley. Saint Archer Brewing was acquired last fall. Like the previous craft brewery acquisitions, Revolver will operate under the Tenth and Blake high-end… Read More…

Screeech….Mega-Merger on Hold

The “Mega-Merger seems to have come to a screeching halt. AB InBev’s takeover bid for SABMiller has apparently been suspended after shareholders have said the deal is no longer solid after the pound’s recent Brexit plunge. The “integration” process to merge the operations of the two breweries together which begun some time ago has been… Read More…

BA Announces Mid-year Growth Numbers

The Brewers Association announced that mid-year craft beer production volume increased by 8%.   “While the craft brewing industry is entering a period of maturation, most markets are not near saturation,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “As craft’s base gets larger, as with any industry, it becomes more difficult for it to grow… Read More…