Archive for February, 2008

Craft beer sales climb 12% in 2007

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

The Brewers Association reports it estimates sales of what it defines as craft breweries rose 12% by volume in 2007 and 16% in dollars. Craft brewers’ share of the beer category is 3.8% of production and 5.9% of retail sales. “Since 2004, dollar sales by craft brewers have increased 58 percent,” Paul Gatza, Director of […]

KLCC Brewfest fieldtrip report

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

By Banjo Bandolas A combination of bass and brass flooded the room as I entered Eugene’s KLCC Brewfest. Classic R&B from local UofO student band “The Essentials” played to the crowd who leaned more towards 40-somethings like me than beer guzzling 20-somethings. I found myself singing along to almost every song as I perused the […]

Matt Venzke 2008 Beerdrinker of the Year

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Matt Venzke of Yorktown, Va., has won Wynkoop Brewing Company’s 2008 Beerdrinker of the Year contest. Venke, an aircraft maintenance manager, is the second straight Virginia resident to win the competition. Diane Catanzaro of Norfolk won in 2007. Venzke beat out finalists J Mark Angelus Oregon and and Richard Pedretti-Allen of Texas. As the 2008 […]

Colorado may OK Sunday beer sales

Monday, February 25th, 2008

The Colorado Senate has approved a bill that would allow Sunday alcohol sales. Sponsor Jennifer Beiga said that when the old law was passed, most businesses already were closed Sunday. Now, she said, Sunday has become a day when consumers do a large amount of their shopping and businesses get a sizable amount of their […]

A-B upbeat about 2008 outlook

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Anheuser-Busch August A. Busch IV presented analysts with a positive outlook for 2008 despite the increasing price of production. Busch told analysts at a conference in Boca Raton, Fla., that A-B is focused on raising U.S. beer sales and strengthening its core brands such as Budweiser, Bud Light, Natural Light and Busch beer. The country’s […]

Heineken prices going up, but not in U.S.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Heineken expects the cost of producing beer to increase 15% in 2008 and plans to pass those costs along to consumers, reports the Morning Advertiser in Great Britain. Heineken’s announcement is the third warning of rising beer prices in two days following Carlsberg and S&N yesterday. Heineken said the intended acquisition of S&N’s UK business […]

Sam Adams shares hops with smaller breweries

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Boston Beer founder Jim Koch revealed a plan Thursday to supply smaller breweries with 10 tons of hops they might not otherwise have access to. “. . . we looked at our own hops supplies at Boston Beer and decided we could share some of our hops with other craft brewers who are struggling to […]