Abita first partner for Enjoy Beer

April 7th, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

Abita Brewing in Louisiana has signed on as the founding brewery partner of Enjoy Beer, a new enterprise created to provide resources on a national scale to a select group of top independent U.S. craft brewers.

Harpoon Brewery co-founder Richard Doyle, who last year sold his stake in the Boston brewery, created Enjoy Beer. A press release explains that company “partners will share their collective wisdom and resources, and those of craft industry experts, in order to bring competitive strength to their individual craft breweries in an ever more competitive marketplace.”

“As the craft brewing industry continues to evolve, there is enormous pressure on brewers to compete against the big breweries,” Doyle said in a press release. “Local brewers like David Blossman at Abita, have been committed to innovation and finding new opportunities to compete while ensuring the company’s independence and local roots.”

Enjoy Beer plans to take on more craft brewing partners “who wish to preserve their local independence, while gaining shared resources in areas such as marketing, sales, purchasing, logistics, and finance in order to compete with large-scale corporate competitors.”

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CEO, New Belgium donate $1 million to Colorado State

April 6th, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

New Belgium Brewing and CEO Kim Jordan will donate $1 million to Colorado State University that will update and renovate facilities housing the university’s Fermentation Science and Technology program. Jordan will personally give $500,000 to the project and the remaining $500,000 will be allocated over five years through New Belgium’s philanthropy program. The gifts will be used to build a new fermentation science laboratory, significantly strengthening the long-standing relationship between CSU and New Belgium.

“We’ve had a great relationship with the university over the years and it’s personally meaningful to me to be able to give something back,” said Jordan. “Craft brewing has afforded opportunity to more than 100,000 people working in our industry and it’s important to support the next generation of brewers who will take us into the future.”

CSU has provided a Brewing Science and Technology course since 2005 and formally launched the Fermentation Science and Technology undergraduate degree program in August 2013. There are 76 students currently enrolled in the major. The renovated space will be named the New Belgium Fermentation Science and Technology Laboratory and will house analytical, brewing, kitchen, and sensory room space. It is slated for completion in August 2015.

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Royals’ stadium upgrades beer lineup

April 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

The Craft & Draft experience has replaced the .390 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, where the Kansas City Royals play their home games. The new space is the result of an expanded partnership with Boulevard Brewing Company and their wholesaler, Central States Beverage.

“We’re excited to be joining with the Royals and Central States in bringing more craft beers to Kauffman,” said Jeremy Ragonese, director of marketing for Boulevard Brewing. “The organization has demonstrated a clear commitment to creating a welcoming new space that will feature a wide assortment of specialty beers. It’s a big win for fans of Boulevard, craft beer, and the team.”

In addition to Boulevard’s Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Single-Wide I.P.A., and Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, an assortment of beers from Brewery Ommegang, Lagunitas, Founders, Mother’s Brewing Company, Santa Fe, Breckenridge, and many others, will also be available.

Craft & Draft is located in the left field corner of Kauffman Stadium.

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Brewers Association lists 50 largest craft breweries

March 31st, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

The Brewers Association has released ts annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the United States. Because the BA rewrote its definition of what constitutes a craft brewery last March, Boston Beer Co. was bumped from the top spot by Yuengling.

“The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category. As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy.”

1 D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc, Pottsville PA
2 Boston Beer Co, Boston MA
3 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Chico CA
4 New Belgium Brewing Co, Fort Collins CO
5 Gambrinus, Shiner TX
6 Lagunitas Brewing Co, Petaluma CA
7 Bell’s Brewery, Inc, Galesburg MI
8 Deschutes Brewery, Bend OR
9 Stone Brewing Co, Escondido CA
10 Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe WI
11 Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn NY
12 Duvel Moortgat USA, Kansas City & Cooperstown MO/NY
13 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton DE
14 Matt Brewing Co, Utica NY
15 Harpoon Brewery, Boston MA
16 Firestone Walker Brewing Co, Paso Robles CA
17 Founders Brewing Co, Grand Rapids MI
18 SweetWater Brewing Co, Atlanta GA
19 New Glarus Brewing Co, New Glarus WI
20 Alaskan Brewing Co, Juneau AK
21 Abita Brewing Co, Abita Springs LA
22 Anchor Brewing Co, San Francisco CA
23 Great Lakes Brewing Co, Cleveland OH
24 Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont, CO
25 Shipyard Brewing Co Portland, ME
26 Stevens Point Brewery Co, Stevens Point WI
27 August Schell Brewing Co, New Ulm MN
28 Summit Brewing Co, Saint Paul MN
29 Victory Brewing Co, Downingtown PA
30 Long Trail Brewing Co, Bridgewater Corners VT
31 Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, San Diego CA
32 Rogue Ales Brewery & Headquarters, Newport OR
33 Full Sail Brewing Co, Hood River OR
34 Odell Brewing Co, Fort Collins CO
35 Southern Tier Brewing Co, Lakewood NY
36 Ninkasi Brewing Co, Eugene OR
37 Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick MD
38 Uinta Brewing Co, Salt Lake City UT
39 Bear Republic Brewing Co, Cloverdale CA
40 Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont CO
41 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe, San Francisco CA
42 Allagash Brewing Co Portland, ME
43 Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe, Eureka CA
44 Troegs Brewing Co, Hershey PA
45 Karl Strauss Brewing Co, San Diego CA
46 Saint Arnold Brewing Co, Houston TX
47 Narragansett Brewing Co Providence RI
48 Green Flash Brewing Co, San Diego CA
49 Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries, Chattanooga & Louisville TN/CO
50 Breckenridge Brewery, Denver CO

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Worldwide thirst for American craft beer grows

March 24th, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

The Brewers Association reports that exports of craft beer increased almost 36% in 2014 as brewers shipped 383,422 31-gallon barrels valued at an estimated $99.7 million.

US Craft Beer Exports

In 2014, the fastest growing markets were Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The strongest growth was found in Brazil, which was up 63.9%; Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan), up 38.1%; Western Europe, up 36.6%; Canada, up 32.3%; and Japan, up 31.7%.

The top five markets for American craft beer remained nearly the same in 2014, with South Korea surpassing Japan for fifth place. In terms of market share, Canada accounted for 53% of exports, Sweden for 12%, the United Kingdom for 10.7%, Australia for 5.1%, and Korea for 3.4%.

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LongShot contest adds ‘East vs. West’ theme

March 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

Boston Beer Co. has added to new twist to its Samuel Adams LongShot contest from homebrewers. For the first time it will feature an “East vs. West” battle. Judges will choose one winning beer from east of the Mississipi River and one from the west. Each will be brewed by Samuel Adams and sold in the 2016 LongShot six-pack along with a beer from the winner of the Samuel Adams employee contest.

The submission window for the contest is May 1-16 and details are available at the company website. Winners will be announce at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

While Samuel Adams is accepting entries for the 2015 contest, the Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest variety six-pack with winning brews from the 2014 winners will be available nationwide in select retail stores this spring. This year’s winners include Forestville, Calif., resident Greg Rasmussen; Smithtown, N.Y., resident Matthew Knott; and Brooklyn, N.Y., resident and Samuel Adams employee John Marra. The variety pack will include two bottles each of Greg’s “Raspy’s Robust Porter,” Matthew’s “Smokehouse Rauchbier” and John’s “Dark Night in Brooklyn” Dunkelweiss.

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Craft beer surpasses 10% market share

March 16th, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

The Brewers Association announced today that for the first time craft breweries reached double-digit share of the beer marketplace. Back in 2003, Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewing had challenged industry members during her keynote address at the Craft Brewers Conference to strive to reach 10% share. To many that looked to a goal that might take decades to reach. Now the BA has set a target to reach 20% share in just five more years.

In 2014, craft breweries — as defined by the BA — produced 22.2 million barrels, and 18% increase in volume. Retail dollar value was estimated at $19.6 billion, representing 19.3% market share.

Craft brewing growth - Brewers Association

“With the total beer market up only 0.5 percent in 2014, craft brewers are key in keeping the overall industry innovative and growing. This steady growth shows that craft brewing is part of a profound shift in American beer culture—a shift that will help craft brewers achieve their ambitious goal of 20 percent market share by 2020,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association.

The number of operating breweries in the U.S. in 2014 grew 19%, totaling 3,464 breweries, with 3,418 defeined as craft. They include 1,871 microbreweries, 1,412 brewpubs and 135 regional craft breweries. Throughout the year, there were 615 new brewery openings and only 46 closings.

Combined with already existing and established breweries and brew pubs, craft brewers provided 115,469 jobs, an increase of almost 5,000 from the previous year.

“These small businesses are one of the bright spots in both our economy and culture. Craft brewers are serving their local communities, brewing up jobs and boosting tourism,” Watson said.

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