A Message From the Publisher
FILED AUGUST 25, 2016 First of all, I am pleased to announce that Molson Coors vice chairman Pete Coors will be joining us as a speaker at our Beer Summit in late January next year. Read More
Yuengling Has Had a Good Summer
FILED AUGUST 25, 2016 Our readers keep us honest. After CBD reported, via the latest round of IRI numbers to August 7, that Yuengling Lager was up almost 8% YTD and up to almost 9% the latest four weeks, one reader said, "yeah, but isn't that mostly the new market?" Recall that the Pottsville, Pennsylvania-based brewer just entered Louisiana. Earlier this year they hit Mississippi. Read More
New CBA, A-B Agreement Includes Potential Acquisition
FILED AUGUST 24, 2016 Craft Brew Alliance brass revealed all the financial details of a new and enhanced commercial agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev on an analyst call last night. CBA chief Andy Thomas walked listeners through the "four pillars" of the deal and tallied up the "quantifiable financial benefits" of each. Read More
BA: No Craft Bubble
FILED AUGUST 23, 2016 There have been a rash of "craft beer is in trouble" stories running in the mainstream and trade press lately. You'll find the latest one this weekend in Thrillist, titled ominously Craft Beer's Dark Secrets, which cites an anonymous marketing exec at a medium-sized craft brewer. The themes of all these articles are similar: Too many breweries creating a crowded marketplace, too much capacity, too much bad/infected beer being produced, too much old beer on the shelves, and interestingly in this article, craft employees are way under-paid relative to their wine and spirits counterparts. Read More
UK Court Rules SABMiller Shareholders Can Vote Separately
FILED AUGUST 23, 2016 The UK Scheme directions hearing on whether SABMiller can treat its two biggest shareholders as a separate class of voters came to a conclusion early this morning. Read More
Will SABMiller Have Two Shareholder Votes? We'll Know Today
FILED AUGUST 22, 2016 Today is a big day in the fate of MegaBrew: a UK High Court is slated to decide whether SABMiller's two biggest investors, Santo Domingo and Altria, can be treated as a separate class of voters for the brewer's seemingly imminent purchase by Anheuser-Busch InBev, per the tie-up timetable outlined by brewers earlier this month [see BBD 08-02-2016]. Read More
Off-Premise Craft: A Tough Summer
FILED AUGUST 19, 2016 While taprooms and brewpubs continue to boom, off-premise craft seems to be showing early signs of tapping out. Amid yesterday's news that North Texas' Grapevine Brewing ceasing distribution and focusing solely on their taproom, and comments from several local and regional craft brewers lately telling us they make a majority of profits from their taprooms, the new reality is that more and more beer is flowing to the consumer outside of the three-tier system. As we know, the on-premise (outside of tap rooms) has been struggling for some time. But now that malaise is leaking into the off-premise chain arena as well, apparently. Read More
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