The brewpub industry in Southwest Ohio is overflowing – it has increased eight-fold in the past eight years.
The Ohio Craft Brewers Association reported in 2018 that craft brewers contributed a $967 million and 8,300 jobs to the Ohio economy. In 2011 there were 45 independent breweries in Ohio, now there are more than 300. Greater Cincinnati is home to 55 of them.
Via Local 12
If BrewDog was a person its full throated salesmanship and audacity would make PT Barnum seem mild mannered in comparison. (Who could ever forget the taxidermy squirrel bottle)
What started in 2007 as a small brewery in Scotland has now transformed into an international brewery, bar chain, destination hotel, TV show, etc etc etc.
New breweries opening soon in Mobile, Alabama – It’s a region that doesn’t get a lot of beer-press. Here’s a look at what’s new and what’s next for the brewing industry in coastal Alabama.
Every year, the firm “Brand Finance” compares the revenues of the world’s largest brands to determine which has the largest market share.
The ranking is determined by estimating a proportion of parent company’s annual revenues attributable to a brand, and also forecasting revenues by taking into consideration historic revenues, equity analyst forecasts, and economic growth rates. Some were no surprise, others I’d never even heard of.
Via The Drinks Business
In order to prevent people from selling their bottles on at inflated prices, Belgian Trappist monks are launching an online reservation system.
A crate of Westvleteren XII costs €2.50 per bottle, but has been reported to sell as much as €12 in Brussels.
Brother Godfried said the monastery decided to act after discovering a Dutch supermarket had stockpiled a large order of beer and began selling them for €9.95 each.
“It really opened our eyes,” he said.
“It was a sort of wake-up call that the problem was so serious, that a company was able to buy such volumes. It really disturbed us.”
Via The Drinks Business
Catherine Wiest and Jaron Shepherd were selected from an outstanding group of talented applicants to receive the 2019 Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Siebel Brewing Scholarships. Catherine Wiest is from Pelican Brewing Company (Pacific City, OR) and Jaron Shepherd is from 21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, CA).
The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation scholarship program encompasses over half of the United States geography and the scholarships draw candidates from throughout that region.
Via Falconer Foundation Press Release
In collaboration with the Siebel Institute of Technology, the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering two full-tuition brewing education scholarships in 2019. Both scholarship are full tuition grants and come with generous travel/lodging stipends.
The first scholarship is to the World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology in Chicago in November 2019. The Concise Course in Brewing Technology is a two-week intensive program that covers every topic critical to successful brewery operations. The program is designed for brewers pursuing a wider knowledge of professional brewing standards and techniques in order to advance their brewing careers as well as individuals planning to enter the brewing industry. The Concise Course scholarship includes a $1,000 stipend to help offset travel and lodging expenses.
The craft beer industry which has been on fire in the United Kingdom is signaling that it might be slowing somewhat…
According to HMRC, shorthand for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs department, the number of new craft brewery openings is slowing. In spite of recent data from national accountancy group UHY Hacker Young which showed craft beer increasing its market share in pubs and supermarkets, a total of 430 new breweries opened in the United Kingdom in 2017, down from a record 520 the previous year.
We’re excited to continue our RadCrafter series! Each volume of Craft Marketing showcases a Featured Crafter – a craft marketing professional who is crafting content, telling stories, and curating resources about the beer industry. For this edition we reached out to Chris Herron, co-founder and CEO at Creature Comforts and picked his brain about beer, brewing, and what it takes to build a strong brand that resonates with consumers in today’s craft beer market.
Surprising news came down late Friday that Fuller, Smith & Turner Brewing, better known as just Fuller’s had agreed to sell it’s brewery and brands (but not pubs) to Asahi UK.
Roger Protz takes a look at some of the business issues that may have led to the sale:
The second burning question is: Why did Fuller’s want to sell? It’s a highly successful business with profits of around £43 million a year.
But 90 per cent of the profits come from retailing. Profits from brewing have been falling for several years and this has led Fuller’s to join the well-worn path of brewers selling their production plants and becoming pub retailers. As some critics of Fuller’s have suggested, the writing has been on the wall for some time as the company busily built its retail side. As a result, it now owns more hotels than pubs.
While Boak & Bailey take a look at the more personal feelings the come around when a well respected and trusted brewery “sells out” and disappoints long loving fans:
And we worry about whether this means Fuller’s, as a brewery, will stagnate. What will motivate disenfranchised staff to try new things, or throw themselves into reviving old recipes? It’s been hard to find London Porter in any format for a couple of years – will this finally kill it off for good, along with poor old Chiswick? Look at Meantime: the quality or the core beer may be good, but the breadth of the offer is now distressingly bland.
We don’t know how this will turn out. We’re not going to boycott Fuller’s. We’re not ‘butthurt’. But something in the relationship has changed, and we will probably end up drinking less Fuller’s beer without thinking much about it.
Even Fuller’s own head brewer seemed a bit distressed:
All in all it’s a key turning point for London’s most storied brewery. I, personally a huge fan of Fuller’s, am hoping it’s be beginning of a fantastic new chapter.