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Craft Brew News

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Dependable, consistent growth has not been easy to come by for the country’s top craft brands over the last few years and it’s gotten that much tougher in 2018. Closing in on the end of the year, more than half of the 30 largest craft brands by $$ in IRI off-premise data are declining yr-to-date thru Dec 2. Two more are brand new. Of the 11 growing brands with more than 11 months of sales data behind ’em, four are up single digits this yr and don’t epitomize consistent long-term growth: an IPA that quickly took over as a new flagship brand but slowed considerably this yr, a catch-all “brand” that isn’t one brand but many and two top seasonals that took wild rides up and down over last few yrs. Seven others are up double digits so far this yr, but 3 are relatively new to growing at this kind of scale. There’s New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, a reboot of what was once Rampant that’s just a year-and-change old. Two others are newly-anointed, national lead horses in larger stables of brands, each afforded more focus and enough capacity to be unbridled and sold in many more markets:…

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  • Year 2018
  • Volume 9
  • Issue # 112
A number of the country’s biggest cities have caught up to smaller metro areas with higher brewery counts, analysis shared this wk by Brewers Assn economist Bart Watson shows. Despite faster growth of brewery counts in urban areas since 2013, rural areas still have more breweries per capita, on average, Bart shares in post focused on this rural/urban split. Impressively, “urban clusters with 2,500 to 10,000 people actually have the most breweries per capita,” compared to other areas organized by population size, he wrote after looking at 2010 Census Bureau stats and brewery locations based on zip codes. “Those areas have 7.6% of the breweries in the country, despite representing only 3.5% of the US population,” Bart wrote. Indeed, he underscores that population remains a far weaker predictor of how many breweries per capita will be in a given city than what state that city is in. That point underscored by map embedded in Bart’s post, which shows brewery count by metropolitan area, compared to US Census Bureau’s ranking of biggest metro areas by estimated 2017 resident population. Eight US metro areas, which often include multiple cities, are now home to over 100 breweries, Bart’s map shows. But just 4…

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  • Year 2018
  • Volume 9
  • Issue # 110
Ahead of plan and propelled by popular hazy New England-style IPA Wrench, New York’s Industrial Arts Brewing never stopped expanding and will now turn to nearby Beacon to build a second site and scale up further. Just over 2 yrs in biz, IA has plans to be anchor tenant of new 150K sq-ft building on 10 acres, using just over a third of that space to build a production facility with plenty of room for many more years, founder Jeff O’Neil explained to Craft Brew News. But first phase of Beacon project will be a taproom/retail location, expected to open next yr, followed by large event space and broader production by 2020. 5+ Yrs Ahead of Schedule: 9,500 Bbls in 2018, Including Three’s Volume, Half Wrench But how’d the 2-yr old co get to place where it’s even considering these moves? In a word: Wrench. The co’s NE IPA is already “two-thirds of what we sell of our own,” Jeff told CBN, and “exactly half of our mix this year.” It wasn’t part of the co’s initial offerings when it opened brewery in Rockland County just northwest of NYC. Recall, Industrial Arts’ original site was never the typical startup brewery,…

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  • Year 2018
  • Volume 9
  • Issue # 108
Wiseacre sold “minority” stake to Memphis-based [financial firm/single-family office], Kemmons Wilson Companies, as part of upcoming project for eventual 100K bbls/yr brewery in Downtown Memphis (see last issue), co-founder Kellan Bartosch confirmed with CBN. Kellan and his brother/brewmaster/co-founder Davin remain majority owners, primary decision makers, and in charge of “day-to-day” operations, he assured. While co met with other potential suitors as well, locally-based Kemmons Wilson Cos had “a lot of mutual friends,” “were fans of what we did” and “realized we had an opportunity to grow.” Figure Out Potential Ceiling and Work Backwards; “Optimistic” and “Reasonable” After nearly maxing out capacity just a few yrs after opening, Wiseacre had to ask itself the “tough question”: “What is your ceiling?” and work backwards. Co realized it wasn’t trying to be the next 1 mil-bbl, or even 300K-bbl brewer, but a 100K bbls/yr brewery feels within reach, Kellan and co concluded. Then co hadda “figure out what makes sense” in terms of equipment and financing. “You want to be optimistic and reasonable,” particularly in this next phase of increased competition in craft. Co consciously avoided scenario of building “another small brewery” that it could potentially grow out of again in short order,…

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  • Year 2018
  • Volume 9
  • Issue # 107
Once upon a time, as craft was the it-segment across all off-premise alc bev categories, the magical mix-a-six pack offered that pesky promiscuous craft consumer the perfect chance to sample to his little heart’s content. But as craft slowed, grocery chains scrutinized their shelves, many reducing space for the complex pack if not cutting it altogether, resulting in notable decline. While not a perfect metric for mix-a-six packs, the IRI-tracked “Assorted” beer brand/vendor/segment provides a window into this trip from seemingly essential amenity for variety-seeking beer drinkers to frequently derided graveyard of dusty bottles. A way, way back in 2013, IRI’s “Assorted” beer, tracked alongside top-25 beer vendors, grew $$ sales 41.5% in grocery stores, hitting 0.33 share of total beer $$. Grocery store consumers spent more on assorted packs at near $10/6-pk than they did on Stone, Bell’s, Great Lakes or Dogfish Head beer, according to IRI data YTD thru 12/29/13. At that time, Assorted was the equivalent of the 5th largest craft brand, behind Sam Adams Seasonal, Sierra Pale, Fat Tire, Boston Lager and Sam Variety, bigger than Torpedo. It kept gaining thru 2014, +13% by $$ to 0.35 share of beer sold in grocery stores YTD thru…

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  • Year 2018
  • Volume 9
  • Issue # 105
More color and a lot more confidence included in full economic impact report on San Diego County craft brewers, released this week by CSU San Marcos and San Diego Brewers Guild. Recall, 130+ county craft brewers (excluding those acquired by larger brewers) contributed total of $1.1 bil in economic output last yr on $807 mil in gross revs and 1.1 mil bbls of beer produced (see Oct 12 issue). By May 1 of this yr, 148 brewing cos operated 178 brewing locations in SD County, report notes. That’s about 1/6 of the 900 breweries or so across Calif (during similar period). And TTB counted 1100 active brewery licenses in the state by end of 2017, report notes, up from less than 500 as recently as 2012. The 1.1 mil bbls produced by county craft brewers represented a little over 1/3 of the 3.29 mil bbls produced by all Calif craft brewers, according to report (again, not including about 1.5 mil bbls report estimates was produced in state at acquired brewers Lagunitas, Ballast Point, Golden Road, Saint Archer & 10 Barrel, which has brewpub in SD). Calif craft total basically flat, down about 10K bbls or 0.3% in 2017, but down…

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  • Year 2018
  • Volume 9
  • Issue # 103
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