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New Sam Adams entrant for next yr in line with a bunch of much-discussed trends these days: cans (see above), sessionability, hop flavor instead of bitterness. Sam ’76 coming early next yr in 6- and 12-pks of 12oz cans and single-serve 16oz cans, Boston Beer shared this morning during media brunch at GABF. Sam Adams calls out beer as a “crisp & refreshing lager” on cans, but beer actually made with a blend of lager and ale yeasts. Clocking in at 4.7% ABV, the bright, golden lager focused squarely on balancing hints of fruity esters from ale yeast, blend of classic and new hops du jour (mostly employed for flavor and very little bitterness) and “a light-bodied refreshing crispness.” Sam ’76 doesn’t slap drinkers in the face or call too much attention to itself. Instead, it fits in with session craft launches over last few years. But unlike other Sam mainstays that may fit similar bill, like Boston Lager, Sam ’76’s use of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Galaxy hops alongside classic Cascade clearly establishes it in modern craft brewing era. Interestingly, though these hops clearly a key piece of the beer’s flavor, can artwork doesn’t reflect that, certainly in the…

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  • Year 2017
  • Volume 8
  • Issue # 87
Questions about flyin’ taproom biz; testy takes on supplier-distributor disputes; acknowledgement of stepped-up trade practice enforcement: plenty of hot topics discussed at recent CLE Wine, Beer and Spirits Law conference. Lawyers, economists and regulators, not always known for bringing the heat, ratcheted up rhetoric and shared some notable insights during the meeting. Collaborative presentation from industry economists Lester Jones of NBWA and Bart Watson of Brewers Assn wasn’t exactly the “Rumble” promised. But it did come with Lester’s assertion that “we just don’t know how much beer is going direct to consumers” right now. “How much verification is going on in this world?” he asked, raising further questions about whether small brewers are tracking and paying taxes for all beer sold on site. “I think the idea that small brewers aren’t paying their taxes is quite frankly fairly ridiculous,” Bart shot back, arguing that inconsistent or lack of reporting just ain’t widespread enough to be big concern. “I didn’t know that distributors were the only people who can keep track of beer volumes,” he quipped. (Note: pieces of this article previously appeared in sister-pubs INSIGHTS Express and beer marketer’s INSIGHTS.) Bart and Lester did agree that “where people are drinking…

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  • Year 2017
  • Volume 8
  • Issue # 84
Tho recent restructuring at AB resulted in over 300 jobs cut – mainly from High End unit – and elimination of High End sales team, the High End’s “overall strategy hasn’t changed,” prexy Felipe Szpigel insisted. It’s all about “more simplification.” And that’s based on feedback from wholesalers. Now sales will be “more integrated,” so the “mothership” team can put some focus on High End brands. AB will “make sure we don’t drop any balls there,” with proper personnel training, as well as better support and forecasting on supply side. “One of the key priorities” is working on capex projects (i.e. additional 400K bbls of craft capacity at NH facility – see Sep 20 issue) to provide “better forecast and service level[s] on the craft brands.” All in, Felipe and co “very confident” in its craft portfolio going forward. Even as Goose Island sales declining lately, collectively AB craft acquisitions continue to build upon ~1.2 mil bbls in 2016 (CBN estimate), outpacing total craft segment growth by 3-4x this yr.

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  • Year 2017
  • Volume 8
  • Issue # 89
Questions about flyin’ taproom biz; testy takes on supplier-distributor disputes; acknowledgement of stepped-up trade practice enforcement: plenty of hot topics discussed at recent CLE Wine, Beer and Spirits Law conference. Lawyers, economists and regulators, not always known for bringing the heat, ratcheted up rhetoric and shared some notable insights during the meeting. Collaborative presentation from industry economists Lester Jones of NBWA and Bart Watson of Brewers Assn wasn’t exactly the “Rumble” promised. But it did come with Lester’s assertion that “we just don’t know how much beer is going direct to consumers” right now. “How much verification is going on in this world?” he asked, raising further questions about whether small brewers are tracking and paying taxes for all beer sold on site. “I think the idea that small brewers aren’t paying their taxes is quite frankly fairly ridiculous,” Bart shot back, arguing that inconsistent or lack of reporting just ain’t widespread enough to be big concern. “I didn’t know that distributors were the only people who can keep track of beer volumes,” he quipped. (Note: pieces of this article previously appeared in sister-pubs INSIGHTS Express and beer marketer’s INSIGHTS.) Bart and Lester did agree that “where people are drinking…

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  • Year 2017
  • Volume 8
  • Issue # 84
Buzz-buzz: catch the latest? There aren’t any “crushable” craft beers so some folks wanna bring beers that drink “macro” but feel “craft” to the masses. Oh, and “Everyone is Suddenly Obsessed With Sour Beer.” Not quite. But these “news” stories include some notable tidbits. First, you may have seen handful of recent launches that fit the above description: an easy-drinking lager, perhaps even light lager, from a brand new brewing outfit, often contract brewing production of the beer, but hyper-focused on marketing fairly generic beer brands. You’ve heard this story before. House Beer has been in the market for a little while now. Folks from Colorado’s Dive Bar brand did interesting interview with Westword earlier this month. Music industry vets behind Day Beer from 24 Hour Beer co talked with Brewbound about their launch this week. Today, writer for Food & Wine roundly derided these launches as their “ideology is as flawed as their name is paradoxical,” referring to Day Beer’s insistence that it’s the “anti-craft craft beer.” Whatever your view of these attempts, note that the folks behind this last brand, certainly taking cues from at least some consumers, associate a certain hipness with the notion of “anti-craft.” Also note that the…

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  • Year 2017
  • Volume 8
  • Issue # 82
Last week’s CA Craft Beer Summit in Sacramento, put on by Calif Craft Brewers Assn, amply demonstrated continued health and vibrancy of movement.  Tho many now focusing on clouds, “there’s still lots of sunshine,” said exec director Tom McCormick. “The industry has grown so much,” he added, noting it’s still “growing.” And even tho there are “headwinds” and “storm clouds,” with many craft brewers “not growing as fast as they were,” there’s “a lot of enthusiasm” and “plenty of room to grow” further.  There were 2000 attendees at summit.  Sizable trade show sprawled over 65,000 sq ft. It was bustling with activity, brimming with enthusiasm.  Featured speakers included craft luminaries like BA chair Charlie Papazian, Sierra founder Ken Grossman and Firestone Walker co-founder David Walker. That’s for starters.   Consumer event the day after featured 6,000 folks.  All this showcased right in seat of state govt.  It hadda make an impression on state legislators and their staff. Many attended.  CA Secy of State Alex Padilla addressed CCBA knowledgeably, very familiar with what’s happening in CA craft.  CCBA, more so than any other state craft guild, has become a force.  California has 850 craft brewers. Over 500 are CCBA members.  CA still…

Publishing Info

  • Year 2017
  • Volume 8
  • Issue # 81
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