In Philly for CBC? Here’s Your Crib Notes

2016 CBC Crib Notes   BA Events Page – www.craftbrewersconference.com/conference/cbc-week-events   Find CBC Crib Notes on Probrewer – www.probrewer.com/category/specialty-industry-news   Download CBC 2016 Mobile App https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/craft-brewers-conference-brewexpo/id955918864?ls=1&mt=8   2016 CBC Symposium Beer – Brotherly Suds, Ryebock Lager – Brewed at Sly Fox Brewing Company in conjunction with Flying Fish Brewing Company, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurants,… Read More…

ABInBev Spreads Craft Shopping Spree

Birra del Borgo has announced a deal that makes it a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev. The Italian brewery characterized this as a partnership in the press release announcing the sale. AB InBev will provide the support to allow Birra del Borgo to expand its brewery know how and infrastructure, continue to innovate and bring… Read More…

BA Releases Annual Style Guidelines

The Brewers Association released its annual Beer Style Guidelines for 2016. Constructed yearly by the BA, these guidelines serve as a reference tool for beer experts and judges, highlighting and celebrating beer styles from around the world.   Over 100 total changes were made to this year’s version including eight new styles.   The Beer… Read More…

AB Buys Yet Another

Anheuser-Busch has just announced that they will to acquire yet another craft brewery. This time it will be Devils Backbone Brewing Company of Virginia.   The purchase is not unexpected, as AB will likely continue to buy more craft brands in an effort to control the high end beer segment. The deal also follows what… Read More…

Craft Distillers in US hit 1,000 Milestone

Following on the coattails of the 35 year old craft beer movement, the craft distilling industry is booming, with exponential growth in openings of new distilleries across the country. According to Michael Kinstlick, CEO of Coppersea Distilling, who gave a presentation at the American Distilling Institute’s annual conference in San Diego this week, there are… Read More…

Top Five-O

The Brewers Association today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 43 were craft brewing companies. “The top U.S. brewers continue to drive demand, growth, innovation and exponential interest in beers from small and… Read More…

Billy Beane to Deliver CBC Keynote

Considered one of the most progressive baseball executives in the game, Billy Beane popularized the application of statistical analysis to players, which has consistently allowed his Oakland A’s to outcompete clubs with much larger payrolls.   Beane was named Major League Baseball Executive of the Year for the second time by Baseball America in 2013,… Read More…

Craft Beer Retail Sales Pass $23 Billion

Craft brewery sales volume grew 13% in 2015 an sales volume 16%, leaving craft beer with a 12% share of the overall beer industry. Craft brewers — as defined by the Brewers Association produced 24.5 million barrels in 2015 and retail of $22.3 billion of represent 21% all retail sales. “For the past decade, craft… Read More…

TTB Posts Results of Label Non-Compliance Survey

One of the roles of the TTB’s is to ensure that alcohol beverages in the marketplace are properly labeled and do not mislead consumers. The TTB maintains an “Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program” (ABSP) which is a random survey of products in the marketplace to evaluate the success of the TTB label approval process and to… Read More…

George Hancock Passes

George Hancock, craft brewery pioneer and legend has sadly passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 71. George was the former president of the Pyramid Brewing Company, which was a merger of two early pioneering breweries, Thomas Kemper Brewing and Hart Brewing. The two breweries merged into one company in 1985 and later… Read More…