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Hop Take: Calm Down Everyone, Craft Beer Prices Aren’t Spiking

Hop Take: Calm Down Everyone, Craft Beer Prices Aren’t Spiking

This week, scary reports warned craft beer drinkers that our pints are about to get more expensive. This, allegedly, is due to snowy weather “[flattening] barley crop” and “[roiling] malt supplies” in Canada, one of the U.S.’s top barley imports. This led to a 12 percent price jump in spot prices for barley grown in […]

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Hop Take: Heineken Heads to China, the World’s Largest Beer Market

Hop Take: Heineken Heads to China, the World’s Largest Beer Market

In a deal worth more than $300 million, Heineken is joining forces with China Resources Enterprise (CRE) and China Resources Beer (CR Beer), the largest beer company in the world’s largest beer market. CRE and CR Beer reportedly acquired seven of Heineken’s businesses as part of a long-term strategic partnership in mainland China, Hong Kong, […]

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Hop Take: All About Beer Is Dying, May Already Be Dead

Hop Take: All About Beer Is Dying, May Already Be Dead

On Tuesday, the award-winning Beervana blog shared sad news: After 39 years, All About Beer is dead. Of course, this being the craft beer community, controversy followed. Beervana’s Jeff Alworth, who was a contributor, said he received a tip that the decades-long-running print publication would soon be defunct. All About Beer publisher Christopher Rice had […]

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Hop Take: Founders Under Fire for Alleged Racism, Homophobia

Hop Take: Founders Under Fire for Alleged Racism, Homophobia

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 […]

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Hop Take: Lagunitas Cuts 100 Employees, Starts Brewing Newcastle Brown Ale

Hop Take: Lagunitas Cuts 100 Employees, Starts Brewing Newcastle Brown Ale

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 […]

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Hop Take: The Smartest Small Brewers Are Finally Figuring Out Distribution

Hop Take: The Smartest Small Brewers Are Finally Figuring Out Distribution

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, […]

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Hop Take: Brewery Closings Are Not a Bad Thing. They’re a Mark of a Healthy Beer Industry.

Hop Take: Brewery Closings Are Not a Bad Thing. They’re a Mark of a Healthy Beer Industry.

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.

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Hop Take: Craft Beer Needs to Be More Like Wine, and Vice Versa

Hop Take: Craft Beer Needs to Be More Like Wine, and Vice Versa

At the California Craft Beer Summit last week, Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson announced some good news: A record 7,000 brewers will be operating in the U.S. this year. This compares to just over 6,200 at the end of 2017, marking a 13 percent increase in breweries year over year. And more are angling […]

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