Archive for August, 2010

As expected, Magic Hat & Pyramid sold

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Announcing a deal that’s been rumored for a while, North American Breweries has acquired Independent Brewers United — the producers of the Magic hat, Pyramid and MacTarnahan brands. The acquisition is the fourth by NAB since its formation. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. A quick bit of backround: KPS Capital Partners formed […]

Former A-B Brewer To Open Craft Brewery in St. Louis

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

This is excellent news. I just got an e-mail from Florian Kuplent, one of my favorite brewers at A-B (including Mitch Steele, of course). His Bavarian Wheat beer is/was divine. Last week he left A-B and along with fellow ex-A-B employee David Wolfe to open a new craft brewery in St. Louis. The new brewery, […]

Sierra Nevada partners with Trappist monks

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has announced a partnership with the Trappist-Cistercian Abbey of New Clairvaux to create a new brand of Belgian-inspired beers called Ovila. A press release from the brewery states, “Sierra Nevada and the Trappist-Cistercian Abbey of New Clairvaux are working to bring this centuries-old tradition to America with Ovila — the nation’s […]

Nottingham’s Castle Rock brews Britain’s best

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Britain’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Tuesday announced that Castle Rock Harvest Pale earned that title of “Best Beer in Britain” at the Great British Beer Festival in London. Harvest Pale, 3.8% abv, is described in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2010 as “blonde and refreshing with distinctive citrus hop.” The silver went to Timothy Taylor […]

Craft beer sales surge in 2010

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The Brewers Association reports that growth of craft beer sales accelerated in the first half of this year. Sales volume increased 9% in the first six months of 2010 compared to a 5% increase in 2009. The income from sales was up 12% in the first six months, better than 9% growth the year before. […]