It’s officially #stoutseason. For some, that may mean simply shifting gears from session IPAs to darker brews. For others, it entails a crowded calendar of special events celebrating the release of sticky, sludgy, boozy barrel-aged beers. These coveted creations cost double, and sometimes even 10 times the amount of an ordinary stout. The elevated price […]
Tecate is more than a Mexican lager. The self-described “true champion of men” claims to provide legendary nights, lifelong memories, and an ideal grilling companion. It also, somehow, thinks it is the perfect light lager for ladies. Originating in Mexico and now available in every state and 16 total markets around the world, Tecate is […]
The world shelled out $661 billion for beer last year. Behemoth breweries dominated sales, with the 50 biggest brewing companies accounting for nearly half of global beer consumption in 2017. This year’s list of top-ranking beers, based on 2017 sales, is similar to last year’s results, with a few key changes.
On Tuesday, the Brewers Association proposed changing some of its bylaws — including redefining what constitutes a “craft brewer.” (Again. The BA has updated its definition two other times.) In an email, the BA wrote the proposal was not “because” of Boston Beer, but is “related” to Boston Beer. In other words, it’s all about Boston […]
Last year, a man who self-identified as a men’s rights activist (MRA) filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock Brewery after he was allegedly denied access to the Women’s Beer Forum, a monthly meetup Eagle Rock has hosted since 2011.
Founders Brewing is being sued for racial discrimination. Former employee Tracy Evans says he was fired as a result of an attempt to make a formal complaint to human resources regarding incidents of racist behavior, including employees using racial slurs and the alleged existence of a “white guy printer” and “black guy printer” in the Founders […]
On Tuesday, Lagunitas Brewing, a Heineken-owned craft brewery based in Petaluma, Calif., announced it will be cutting 12 percent of its workforce. CEO Maria Stipp cited a changing craft beer market as a reason for the downsizing. Lagunitas will also begin brewing Heineken-owned Newcastle Brown Ale at its Petaluma and Chicago facilities, indicated by a […]
Last week, Bellingham, Mass.-based beer distributor, Massachusetts Beverage Alliance (MBA), announced the launch of Homegrown Distribution. The offshoot of MBA will focus on the former portfolio’s overlooked craft brands. Homegrown’s clients will include boutique brands such as Grimm Artisanal Ales, Foley Brothers, and Modern Times. MBA, meanwhile, will continue managing its larger brands such as Boulevard, […]
Hundreds of craft breweries are expected to close by the end of 2018, according to Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson. But the presence of “distressed breweries” is not necessarily a sign of hard times; it’s a sign of a maturing industry, and one that has become increasingly competitive.