Brewbound Industry News

Circana: A-B Declines Decelerate Thru Late May; Constellation Back to No. 2 Beer Vendor YTD

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (A-B) trends continue to improve in the latest monthly off-premise scans report from market research firm Circana. Meanwhile, positive growth trends for Molson Coors and Constellation Brands – the two largest gainers from A-B’s declines – decelerated, according to data through May 19.

Brewbound Podcast: Burial Beer’s Doug Reiser on the Importance of Immersive Experiences

Burial Beer Company’s Doug Reiser discusses the culmination of a three-year project to open a rooftop wine bar for the company’s Visuals wine brand in Asheville, North Carolina.

Crowns & Hops Named Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Winner

Crowns & Hops Brewing Company has been selected as the winner of the 13th annual Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Brewing & Business Experienceship.

Investor Lawsuit Accuses Big Storm Brewing of Money Laundering, Brewery Founder Denies Allegations

Clearwater, Florida-based Big Storm Brewery is in the crosshairs of two different legal battles, one accusing the company of embezzlement and money laundering from an organization that has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

CPI: May Beer Inflation Outpaces Total Bev-Alc, Wine and Spirits At and Away From Home

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for beer at home increased +3.1% year-over-year (YoY) in May, increasing just enough to end six consecutive months of the category posting a CPI reading at or below +3%, before seasonal adjustment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Kelce Brothers Buy Into Garage Beer

Pro football stars Jason and Travis Kelce have acquired an ownership stake in light lager maker Garage Beer. The Kelces are referred to as “the largest investors” and “significant investors, partners, owners, and operators” in the business, in today’s announcement.

Pronghorn Makes First NA Investment in Mocktail Club

Mocktail Club, maker of a line of non-alcoholic canned cocktails, announced Monday it has received an investment from spirits industry capital and brand building firm Pronghorn, aimed at helping the Arlington, Va.-based business expand across the country.

Judge Rules in Favor of Anderson Valley in Lawsuit with Reyes’ Harbor

A California superior court judge has sided with Anderson Valley Brewing Company’s (AVBC) parent company Mainsheet Capital in a dispute with Reyes Holdings subsidiary Harbor Distributing/Golden Brands.

Schilling Looks Beyond Cider to Compete in the FMB Big Leagues

Schilling Cider has no plans to jump on the hard tea train, but the Pacific Northwest cidery still plans to meet similar consumer demand with its latest product launch: Schilling Hard Lemonade.

CGA: All 3 Bev-Alc Categories Record Growth Vs. Average Sunday on Mother’s Day

All three bev-alc categories recorded double-digit on-premise sales increases on Mother's Day compared to the average Sunday in 2024, according to NIQ-owned on-premise data firm CGA.

Southern Glazer’s Founder and Chairman Harvey Chaplin Dead at 95

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits chairman Harvey R. Chaplin died at age 95 yesterday at his home in Miami, the company announced.

📜 INSIDER’S Week in Beer: The Next Beer Trend: 3,000-Year-Old Sours

So I think we’ve been looking in the wrong direction all of this time for #innovation – Utah’s Dylan McDonnell has the right idea. He brewed a beer using a recipe from a 3,000 year old Egyptian papyrus, which oddly enough also had “Next year will be the Year of the Craft Lager” written on it, and yeast cultured from a jar that dates back to the 9th century B.C.

Circana: Craft Dollars -5.5% in Last 4 Weeks; 23 of Top 30 Craft in Decline

Craft beer’s dollar sales declines continued to accelerate through late May, according to market research firm Circana. Craft dollar sales in Circana-tracked off-premise channels (multi-outlet plus convenience) declined -5.5% in the four-week period ending May 19, accelerating from -3% in the previous period (ending April 21).

Beer Institute: April Shipments Bounce Back from Steep March Declines

April domestic tax paid shipments declined an estimated -4.3% year-over-year (YoY), to 12.3 million barrels, according to Beer Institute (BI) chief economist Andrew Heritage, citing estimates from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Kings & Convicts Cuts Ballast Point Staff, Sells Home Brew Mart to Former Employee

Following news that Kings & Convicts-owned Ballast Point had ceased production at its Miramar, California brewery and sold the facility to an unnamed buyer, the company has confirmed two rounds of layoffs, San Diego Beer News reported last week.

🎶 A Round With Rhythm Brewing’s Alisa Bowens-Mercado

Alisa Bowens-Mercado is on a mission to make Rhythm Brewing the first nationally distributed beer brand owned by a woman of color. She discusses that goal and all the stops along the way, including a pop-up summer beer garden in the brewery’s hometown of New Haven, Connecticut, and ready-to-drink espresso martinis.

A Round With… Alisa Bowens-Mercado of Connecticut’s Rhythm Brewing

In the latest installment of Brewbound’s A Round With – a weekly Insider-exclusive Q&A series with industry leaders – Alisa Bowens-Mercado, founder and owner of Rhythm Brewing, discusses her quest to make the Connecticut brewery the first nationally distributed beer brand owned by a woman of color and all the stops along the way, including a pop-up summer beer garden in New Haven and ready-to-drink espresso martinis.

Brewbound Podcast: Lager Talk with Jack’s Abby, Von Ebert; Marketing & Making Connections with Julie Rhodes

On a special bonus episode of the Brewbound Podcast, we talk a lot about lagers and marketing with leaders from Jack's Abby, Von Ebert and Not Your Hobby Marketing Solutions.

Sapporo-Stone Officially Appoints Zach Keeling as CEO

Sapporo-Stone Brewing is officially making Zach Keeling its new CEO. Keeling was appointed interim CEO in January when then-CEO Maria Stipp stepped down from the role after guiding the Escondido, California-headquartered brewery through its 2022 acquisition by the Japanese brewing giant and through its integration.

Brewbound Live: New Speakers From Full Circle Brewing, NIQ and Bump Williams Consulting

Brewbound is excited to announce three additional speakers for the Brewbound Live business conference December 11 and 12 in Marina del Rey, California.