Craft Brewers Reach Double-Digit Volume Share
According to the Brewers Association, craft brewers made up 11 percent of the overall US beer market in 2014. This is compared to 7.8 percent in 2013. And while the total beer market saw only a 0.5 percent rise in volume, the 3,418 breweries defined as craft by the Brewers Association grew by 18 percent.
The Alchemist Granted Permit for New Brewery
In late March, Waterbury, Vt.-based brewery The Alchemist received a land use permit to build a brewery in Stowe on four acres purchased from Stoweflake Resort. While the existing Waterbury cannery will continue to brew Heady Topper, the new 15,000-square-foot brewery and retail location will begin producing Focal Banger and other beers by spring 2016.
New Belgium Gives $1 Million to CSU
New Belgium Brewing CEO Kim Jordan announced she will give $500,000 to Colorado State University’s two-year-old Fermentation Science and Technology Program, with the brewery’s philanthropy program donating an additional $500,000 over the next five years. The New Belgium Fermentation Science and Technology Laboratory will open in August 2015.
Boston Area Breweries to Share Equipment
Cambridge Brewing Company and Mystic Brewery have made arrangements to share brewing and bottling equipment, allowing them each to expand. To free up limited space at its brewpub, Cambridge Brewing moved oak tanks and barrels to Mystic’s facility in Chelsea and sold its new brewhouse. In exchange, Mystic will help Cambridge produce more sour and wild ales. ■