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A tense two days in Mass legislature for beer interests. Long-simmering tensions between Mass brewers and distribs erupted Wednesday when state Senator filed proposal that "would effectively repeal the state's decades-old beer-franchise law," as Boston Globe reported. Amendment provided that relationships between brewers and distribs "shall be governed by the parties' agreement, the law of contracts, and/or other generally applicable provisions and principles of commercial law." Recall, for yrs Mass craft brewers complained it's too hard to move brands; distribs countered brands move all the time and consumers have vast choice. All attempts to reform franchise law in legislature previously failed. Amendment scheduled for debate/vote on Thursday, but was put aside. Many had expected it would be postponed, including its sponsor and House Speaker. But instead, legislature passed different amendment that creates task force of brewers, distribs and official appointees that will "have until Dec. 31 to draft rules spelling out when and how a brewer is permitted to fire a distributor and switch to a new one," as Boston Globe reported. Proposal still needs to go thru reconciliation process and get Gov's signature. Assuming that happens, Senate staffer confirmed to paper that if task force can't agree, state senators…

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  • Year 2016
  • Volume 7
  • Issue # 57
Leading up to Pabst distrib meeting last week, CBN got a chance to check out a snippet of the local beer scene in Milwaukee during its annual Beer Week. First stop was Milwaukee Brewing in Walkers Point neighborhood. Milwaukee Brewing grew 30% to 12K bbls in 2015 with just a small portion of biz goin' out of state to Minneapolis and Chicago areas. This year co expects to max out production facility at 15K bbls, so it's in the process of choosing an additional new production space to boost cap. New space will be expandable up to 60K bbls, founder Jim McCabe told CBN. Milwaukee started like many others in 90s with an amber ale, Louie's Demise, which remains its flagship to-date. However times have changed and Milwaukee's portfolio has adapted, natch. When asked about a beer that's very unique to their brewery, Jim and head of sales, Mike Christensen, offered up their O-Gii, a 9.2% abv riff on a Belgian witbier infused with locally made green tea and ginger in addition to more traditional coriander and orange flavors. Mike previously worked for Crispin both before sale and a bit after sale to MillerCoors. CBN also attended Central Waters beer…

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  • Year 2016
  • Volume 7
  • Issue # 33
Interesting cut of data shows that top-10 IPA cos by volume are still over half of total IPA sales in both IRI foodstores and c-stores for 13 wks thru Mar 27. Lagunitas is the clear leading IPA co in both channels and still growing solidly. Indeed, Lagunitas IPAs collectively up 16% in foodstores to 12 share of IPA and +35% in c-stores to 13 share of IPA. They've seen continued growth over several yrs, tho this yr trends are slower for some, particularly in foodstores, including flagship IPA and Daytime session IPA down earlier this yr (in MULC thru Feb). Recall, flagship Lagunitas IPA expected to improve after working thru Safeway reset in Calif for earlier part of the yr (see Apr 15 issue). Lookin' at foodstores, next largest IPA co is Sierra with 8% of IPA sales, followed by Boston Beer and New Belgium with 7 share of IPA each. Sierra's IPA growth slowed to just +3%, largely due to declining Torpedo and tuff comps from Hop Hunter launch. Tho Rebel IPA is down, Boston's IPA biz still able to grow 22% in Q1 thru residual launch of Rebel Rouser as well as new Rebel Grapefruit IPA, Nitro IPA…

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  • Year 2016
  • Volume 7
  • Issue # 32
Craft is bigger and better funded than it's ever been, but early signs of softness suggest that some of the huge investments being made in the space may go unrecovered unless overall growth accelerates. Multiple sources reported a segment-wide slowdown late last year. That's been confirmed (at least to some extent) by lower-than-expected yr-end shipments totals from some bigger craft brewers. Yet money continues to pour in from all angles. The landscape changes of 2015 will certainly precipitate further change in 2016. But for many of these investments to pan out, bigger shifts into the segment, whether from mainstream beer and/or wine and spirits, may need to accelerate. Craft and Beyond May Be Bigger Than You Think and Big Boys Dialing Up Investments Zoom out for a moment and take seriously the suggestion that consumers decide what's a craft beer and what isn't. An exceptionally broad view of a "craft-to-somebody" segment balloons rapidly to well over 15 share of US beer volume. That begins to capture a much larger shift in the American palate than craft metrics typically show. And crucially, many companies plan significant investments to continue growing in this arena. This theoretical segment includes superpremium brands like Shock…

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  • Year 2016
  • Volume 7
  • Issue # 5
Hot on the heels of ABI's last US craft acquisition, Four Peaks in Arizona (announced Friday), and UK craft purchase Camden Town (just yesterday, see below), the co announced it has deal to buy Colorado's Breckenridge Brewery today. Few details and no terms of the deal disclosed, natch. But importantly, the acquisition does not include a number of the brewpubs and restaurants that Breckenridge owns, including a pair of Breckenridge spots and Wynkoop Brewing in Denver. Those will still be operated by current mgmt. Deal is expected to close in the first quarter. AB's High End unit will take over operation of the original Breck brewpub in the mountain town it's named after. Recall, Breckenridge just opened its new brewery campus just south of Denver in Littleton, which significantly expanded the brewery's production capabilities, this year. It's on track to sell about 70K bbls in 2015, according to the co, up from 64K last yr and 32K in 2010, based on BA numbers. The deal also represents the 5th US craft acquisition by AB in the last 13 months or so. Those 5 breweries could ship upwards of 300K bbls collectively in 2015, and with modest growth AB's 7 acquired…

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  • Year 2015
  • Volume 6
  • Issue # 100
Craft segment (as defined by Nielsen) slowed again in latest 4 wk period thru Dec 19, according to latest Nielsen all outlet data. Craft volume up just 4.3% for 4 wks, gaining just 0.2 share in period. That's only half the 8.7% pace YTD. Further deceleration of some top brand families continues to slow overall category growth. Sam Adams volume down 11% for 4 wks and now down 6% YTD; Leinie down 22% vs up 2% YTD and Shock Top down 17.5% vs 9% YTD. Collectively they shed 0.3 share of volume and 0.4 share of $$ for 4 wks. Meanwhile, Blue Moon brand family up 3% for 4 wks. Still up 5% YTD. But collectively, these 4 brand families make up a large chunk of Nielsen craft segment, just over 30%. And they're draggin' down overall craft trend: they're down over 9% together for 4 weeks, so looks like rest of craft up closer to 12%, we found. Founders All Day and Firestone 805 are Top-10 Growth Brands in Supers Two of the fastest growin' craft brands this year also became two of the fastest growin' overall beer brands in latest Nielsen grocery store data. Founders All Day IPA…

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  • Year 2015
  • Volume 6
  • Issue # 101
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