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…

CBA Has Strong Growth on Kona Coattails

Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) announced an increase of 6.4% in net sales compared to same period last year, driven mostly by the 23.9% increase in the Kona brand-family. It was the strongest quarterly earnings report overall for CBA ever with $62.3 million in net sales and 239,000 barrels shipped. Following is the press release provided by… 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…

DOJ Approves Mega-Merger; with Stipulations

As expected, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the acquisition of SABMiller by ABI. This was no surprise at all, but what, if any stipulations the DOJ would require as a condition of the merger has been of keen interest to the entire industry.   In addition to the expected divestiture of  its SABMiller’s U.S…. Read More…