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New Belgium brewmaster has new venture

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Longtime New Belgium Brewing brewmaster Peter Bouckaert had announced he will leave the Fort Collins brewery to form a new one, also in Fort Collins. He will team up with Zach and Laura Wilson, formerly of 1933 Brewing, to form Purpose Brewing and Cellars. Bouckaert will begin working with his new partners immediately, but no […]

Marston’s acquires Charles Wells business

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

English brewer Marston’s has agreed to a £55 million deal to buy the brewing arm of Charles Wells Group, which will enhance the pub chain’s presence in London. As part of the acquisition, the brewer will supply all beer, wine and spirits to the Charles Wells pubs estate. Charles Wells has a portfolio of more […]

Speakeasy Ales sold, remains in San Francisco

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Hunters Point Brewery has purchased San Francisco’s Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, both the company’s brewing equipment and the brands. Hunter Point is a new company founded by Ces Butner, former owner of Horizon Beverage Company in Oakland. “I worked with Speakeasy Ales & Lagers for five to six years as a distributor,” said Butner. “We […]

A-B’s High End division acquires Wicked Weed Brewing

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Anheuser-Busch’s The High End division is not done shopping. The brewing giant’s business unit focused on its specialty brands announced this morning that it has acquired Wicked Weed Brewing. Founded in Asheville, N.C., in 2012 by Walt and Luke Dickinson and lifelong friends Ryan, Rick and Denise Guthy, Wicked Weed is one of the breweries […]

Craft brewery production up 6%

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The Brewers Association announced that craft breweries* produced 24.6 million barrels of beer in 2016, 6% more than in 2015. It was the smallest increase since 2008. Retail dollar sales grew 10% to $23.5 billion. Microbreweries and brewpubs delivered 90% of the growth. “Small and independent brewers are operating in a new brewing reality still […]

And the 50 largest breweries are . . .

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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, 40 were craft brewing companies. For details, a larger version of the map, and the list of the 50 largest breweries visit the […]

Sierra Nevada owners donate $2 million to UC Davis program

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and his wife, Katie Gonser, have presented UC Davis with a $2 million gift to support the campus’s brewing science program. The gift establishes an endowment to provide ongoing funding for a full-time staff brewing position, focused on excellence in hands-on brewing education in the UC Davis Department […]