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Perhaps now more than ever, in this age of constant innovation and intense competition, brewers have to find their “brewery religion” in order to determine “what you’re going to do and what you’re not going to do….Our religion as brewers is going to be challenged by all sorts of things” and it’s “different” for everyone, stated Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver on panel of craft brewers for Brewers of PA’s annual Meeting of the Malts event. As BA’s Bart Watson called upon craft brewers to seek new consumers, Garrett, along with Yuengling chief admin officer and 6th gen family member Wendy Yuengling, 21st Amendment brewmaster/co-founder Shaun O’Sullivan, Troegs brewmaster/co-founder John Trogner, and Rhinegeist co-founder/vp of sales & marketing Bryant Goulding each expressed different ways their breweries are experimenting and expanding within this context. Brooklyn Bel Air Sour Could Be Brooklyn’s #2 Brand by Year-End; 51% of Brooklyn Sold Outside US Brooklyn Brewery’s Bel Air sour ale has quickly become #2 sour beer sold in the country and on track to become #2 best-selling beer for co, possibly by this year, Garrett shared. Recall, co launched Bel Air year round just last yr. Bel Air can be more suited for cocktail…

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  • Year 2019
  • Volume 10
  • Issue # 40
Boston Beer no longer needs Sam Adams to grow to put up strong results. That fact was already abundantly clear thru 2018. But Boston’s first qtr results and exec commentary about them crystallized and confirmed it. “Sam Adams will always be at the heart and soul of the company,” chairman Jim Koch reiterated during Wednesday earnings call. But since co “evolved,” now over half hard tea, cider and seltzer, we estimate, co can “deliver nice double-digit growth without Sam Adams contributing to it.” That gives co a “big advantage over the rest of the craft category” too, Jim shared. For most craft cos, “they’ve only got one bet,” he said. “Their stool is only on one leg. And we’ve got four.” Half a Mil Bbls of Seltzer Oppy in 2019? One leg, in particular, has gotten significantly stronger in last yr. Boston’s Truly Spiked and Sparkling hard seltzer brand is clear #2 in the sub-segment, behind Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co’s White Claw brand. Boston’s spending lots to keep that position, incurring increased production costs, for example (see yesterday’s issue of sibling-pub Insights Express). That’s in part because Truly specifically and seltzers more broadly all growing faster than Boston expected. White…

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  • Year 2019
  • Volume 10
  • Issue # 35
The unraveling of Ballast Point, and Constellation’s craft portfolio, took another tuff turn, as co made several moves to “adapt” cost structure amid “declining sales volume,” Constellation told Ballast employees. Constellation will close its Temecula brewpub and Trade Street brewery (sour and barrel-aged facility located next to Miramar brewery) and “pause plans” for any new Ballast brewpubs. It also will “halt” future “broad-based” brand intros. As part of this, Constellation will “more fully integrate” Craft & Specialty unit with larger Constellation Beer Brands Division unit, with exception of craft home mkts – SoCal (Ballast), FL (Funky Buddha) and TX (Four Corners). Those will continue to have dedicated sales support. Altogether, these decisions will result in another round of layoffs, co acknowledges. This comes shortly after Constellation took a 2nd impairment charge on Ballast Point, bringing total “impairment” charges to near $200 mil since its $1-bil purchase of Ballast. Plus, co sold off its Scripps Ranch facility to upstart hard kombucha co, JuneShine, earlier this yr. While “necessary” to “scale down” costs, such decisions “never easy.” Co hopes to “quickly” make adjustments and work with “impacted employees” to help them get to other oppys either inside or outside co.

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  • Year 2019
  • Volume 10
  • Issue # 35
Ohio craft segment (as defined by IRI) still eking out growth for the year, but it’s declining and losing share more recently in scans, sneak peek at OH IRI data depicts. OH craft volume grew 0.8% YTD thru Dec 2, as total beer volume flat in OH IRI multi-outlet + convenience channels. So craft gained just 0.06 share to 8.4 of total OH beer volume thru most of 2018. And for latest 13 wks, craft declined 0.8% and lost slight share for period, as total beer off just 0.4%. (Recall, craft volume similarly up 1.2% YTD nationally, maintained just 0.6% growth for latest 12 wks.) FMBs and Superpremium snagged most growth in OH MULC, up 15% and 18.5% respectively. Each grabbed additional 0.8-0.9 share. Imports grew more modest 4% and +0.3 share. Premium brews are a bit healthier in OH scans (-2.5%) while subpremiums a bit softer (-3.3%) vs natl trends. Craft a bit softer yet in more developed OH foodstores: down 0.3% YTD and -1.2% for 13 wks thru Dec 2. It shed 0.2 share to 19 of foodstore beer volume YTD, -0.3 share for 13 wks. And most major cities declining at steeper rates than statewide: Cleveland craft…

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  • Year 2018
  • Volume 9
  • Issue # 114
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
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