Industry Icon, Fred Eckhardt Passes

Fred Eckhardt, American’s first beer writer and one of the earliest pioneers of the homebrewing and craft beer movement, died at the age of 89 on Monday at his home in Portland. Oregon. Fred can be credited with starting the homebrewing movement along with Charlie Papazian in the 1970s with his books on lager brewing… Read More…

Jordan to Step Down at New Belgium CEO

New Belgium Brewing’s Chief Operations Officer and President, Christine Perich, has been named CEO as Co-founder Kim Jordan transitions exclusively into the Executive Chair of the Brewery’s Board of Directors. The move will allow Perich to focus on short-term strategy, leading the executive team, industry leadership and running day-to-day operations. Jordan will focus on long-term… Read More…

Beer Industry Economic Impact Double that of Wine

According to a new study released by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association, the U.S. beer industry contributed a staggering $252.6 billion to the economy last year; more than twice the impact of the wine industry. The study also concluded that the industry (which includes brewers, wholesalers, retailers, suppliers and induced industries)… Read More…

Craft Mid-Year Volume Up 16%

The Brewers Association posted their mid-year growth numbers with craft beer volume up 16% through end of June, down slightly from 18% growth through the same period last year. Total production was approximately 12.2 million barrels, up from 10.6 million barrels during the first half of 2014. “Industry growth is occurring in all regions and… Read More…

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…