Will the non-alcoholic beer segment continue to grow? One leading craft brewer thinks so. Sierra Nevada Brewing, a bellwether for the industry, has released a non-alcoholic beer for the first time.
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In a dreaded scenario for any brewery owner who has multiple shareholders, a minority shareholder who owns just 2% of Tree House Brewing Company has sued two of its founders in Superior Court, alleging a misuse of company funds.
The Cicerone Certification Program has announced that six individuals have earned the title of Master Cicerone, joining a group of only 22 other individuals worldwide to earn the title. Candidates earned the certification after completing two days of intense written and oral exams, testing knowledge of beer styles, draft systems, beer evaluation, brewing technology, and beer and food pairings.
Faubourg Brewing in New Orleans, the fantastical brewery that New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson built from the ashes of the former Dixie Brewing, is shutting down operations. The closure comes just 18 months after a majority stake in Faubourg was sold to Made By The Water, a southeast-based company of craft breweries.
Auburn University now offers a master’s program in brewing science and operations. It is designed mostly for students who work full-time but partners with on-campus brewery New Realm Brewing Company to allow a hands-on approach and learn the ins-and-outs of the industry.
The ‘Brick.’ Without question one of the finest beer pubs ever in America. One-time owner and beer legend Dave Alexander sadly passed away on Sunday. He was 73.
The Brewers Association announced the five candidates elected to the Brewers Association Board of Directors.
Portland, Oregon’s Ecliptic Brewing, owned by renowned brewer John Harris has announced that the company will close, and the Ecliptic brand will be sold. Harris is without a doubt one of the most respected and well-known pioneering brewers in the country. After a long career in brewing dating back to 1980, he opened his own brewery, Ecliptic 15 years ago.
Registration for the World Beer Cup (WBC) is now open and will be open through Dec. 7, 2023. Hosted by the Brewers Association, the WBC is held in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference in Las Vegas next year on April 21-24.
Brooklyn-based craft brewery Five Boroughs Brewing Co. has been acquired by Smuttynose Brewing Co. The acquisition is the latest craft-on-craft deal that allows the acquiring company access into new markets and greater efficiencies by consolidating production into one brewery.
Ball Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of beverage cans, announced a 10% drop in volumes in the North and Central America regions due to the dramatic decline in Bud Light sales and slower beer sales overall.
Alaska is one of only a few states where direct shipping to consumer (DTC) is permitted without a license. A legislative bill was passed last year that includes new requirements for DTC starting January 1, 2024.
The Oskar Blues Brewery location in Austin, Texas has closed. It is the fifth brewery to close in Austin in the last two years.
The Cicerone Certification Program is offering a new online course designed specifically for brewery and wholesaler sales teams and will emphasize how to become a trusted advisor to retailers by promoting the beer category and improve profitability.
The use of genetically modified (GM) yeast in brewing is raising a debate, triggered in part by a California yeast supplier who has indicated that it can remove or add certain genes based upon flavor preference.
The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) released the Beer Purchasers’ Index (BPI) for October 2023, which shows increased ordering trends for six out of seven segments. The craft index for October continues to signal contraction, but it is stronger relative to the October last year.
Boston Beer showed negative growth in third quarter financial reports, with core brands all down with the exception of Twisted Tea and Hard Mountain Dew.
Sales of American craft beer in Europe is declining, likely a product of a ‘drink local’ trend and consumers migrating into non-beer beverages. Overall craft beer volume exported to Europe declined by about 20% from 78,994 barrels in 2021 to 63,755 in 2022.
Boston Beer Co. has filed a lawsuit against a former employee, charging that the employee took proprietary information before going to work for Downeast Cider despite signing a non-disclosure and non-compete agreement.
The Chicago Brewseum has officially rebranded itself to the Beer Culture Center. While the non-profit organization currently hosts in-person events at various locations along with virtual programs, their goal is to have a physical home where visitors can take in engaging, interactive exhibits profiling stories of beer history and culture around the world.
Headed to the UK anytime soon? If so, here are four pubs to check out. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced the four finalists in its National Pub of the Year competition, with each certain to pour a perfect pint for visitors.