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Smithsonian to document craft beer history

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced today 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 […]

AB Inbev acquires Birra del Borgo

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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 […]

A-B acquires Devils Backbone Brewing

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Anheuser-Busch announed it has struck a deal to acquire Virginia’s Devils Backbone Brewing Co. The sale is set to close in the second quarter, A-B said. Financial terms were not disclosed. Devils Backbone’s flagship beer is Vienna Lager, which accounted for about 60% of its sales last year. Devils Backbone joins what A-B calls The […]

BA releases annual ‘Top 50’ list

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

The Brewers Association has 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 (according to the BA definition). “The top U.S. brewers continue to drive demand, growth, innovation and exponential interest […]

Deschutes headed to Roanoke, Virginia

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Deschutes Brewery announced that after a long search it has chosen Roanoke, Virginia, as the location for its East Coast brewery. The new facility will begin shipping beer in about five years. The company is calling the future brewery “Brew 4.” The original brewpub in downtown Bend, Oregon, is Brew 1, the production facility in […]

Craft beer retail sales pass $23 billion

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Craft brewery production volume grew 13% in 2015 and 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 sales of $22.3 billion of represent 21% all retail sales. “For the past decade, […]

Victory, Southern Tier form alliance

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Mid-Atlantic breweries Victory Brewing Company and Southern Tier Brewing Company announced an alliance under a under parent company Artisanal Brewing Ventures (ABV). A press release stated, “This new strategic framework between ABV, Victory and Southern Tier provides capital, security and vision for the future. ABV, formed to unify independent craft brewers and distillers, embraces the […]