Lagunitas Buys Three Breweries

Lagunitas Brewing announced that it is taking a stake in three breweries in different parts of the country and it will open up buildings in Portland, Oregon, and San Diego that nonprofits can use for fundraisers. Financial terms of the investments were not disclosed. The purchases were all funded by Lagunitas and did not require… Read More…

Craft Sales Slow

Latest IRI scan data indicate yet again that craft beer sales are beginning to slow as expected. As the category get larger with a bigger and bigger base, most industry analysts have predicted a gradual slowing rate in sales going forward. According to IRI, craft volume sales in multi-channel outlets are up 6.2% year-to-date through… Read More…

Mitch Steele Leaves Stone to Start Own Project

One of the most well-known brewers in the industry, Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing Co., has announced he will be leaving the company to start his own brewing project. He did not announce details of the project, only to say that he would be partnering with a handful of investors. His last day at Stone… Read More…

EU OK’s Mega Merger. AB Incentive Plan Looked at in US

Anheuser-Busch InBev got the thumbs up from European regulators to proceed with its $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller. The decision was not unexpected after ABInBev shed numerous brands to satisfy regulators antitrust concerns.   U.S. regulators are continuing to review the merger and a decision was said to be expected soon. But that soon may… Read More…

Virginia Chalks Up Another

Constellation Brands plans to invest about $48 million to convert an existing building in Virginia into a new brewing facility for San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing, which the global alcohol beverage supplier acquired late last year for $1 billion.   Ballast Point produced about 275,000 bbls in 2015 at its San Diego brewery. Company officials… Read More…

AB Fined in WA for Trade Practice Violations

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board has fined Anheuser-Busch $150,000 charging AB with exerting “undue influence” at multiple entertainment venues in the Seattle area.   The WLCB is charging that AB, working through their branch-owned distributor, entered into sponsorship contracts at the venues to achieve a monopoly position, at the exclusion of all non-AB brands…. Read More…

Craft Goes to the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced at the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia that it will launch a three-year initiative to “collect, document and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers and the beer industry to explore how the beverage and brewing connect to larger themes in American history.” A press release stated… Read More…

Massive CBC Concludes in Philly

For those of you who were in Philadelphia last week for the annual Brewers Association Craft Brewers Conference, it was a sight to behold. Over 13,000 industry members descended on the city, taking over the nightlife, city-life and massive convention center for the week. This was a big jump in attendance even over just one… Read More…

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…