Category: The Business of Beer

Mug Club 2.0: Craft Brewers Modify Loyalty Programs to Sow Deeper Relationships The Business of Beer by

In the face of heightened competition, breweries are finding new ways to attract and reward loyal customers by modernizing the “mug club” concept.

By Any Other Name: The Truth About Private Label Beers The Business of Beer by

Sold to consumers as collaborations or house beers, private label partnerships between breweries and bars or restaurants aim to benefit both sides.

Kegs and Eggs: Across the Country, Breweries Add Brunch The Business of Beer by

Often overlooked when it comes to beer and food pairing, weekend brunch is appearing on the menus of a growing number of US breweries.

Wholesale Change: Breweries and Upstart Distributors Are Writing New Rules for Selling Beer The Business of Beer by

Frustrated with the limitations of traditional wholesalers, breweries and upstart distributors are writing new rules for selling beer.

Seasonal Change and Shifting Preferences: Breweries Look for New Ways to Keep Portfolios Fresh The Business of Beer by

Is the “seasonal beer” still relevant in a marketplace where a record number of new brands and styles are available to consumers year-round?

Where’s the Beef? Pub Food Takes a Healthier Turn The Business of Beer by

As interest in plant-based diets grows, pub grub has begun to change with the times, meaning beer has a few new healthier, meat-free dining companions.

Both Sides of the Coin: CDFI Funding Boosts Craft Breweries and Struggling Neighborhoods The Business of Beer by

In struggling towns and neighborhoods, breweries are partnering with Community Development Financial Institutions, which provide funding based on community impact.

All Partied Out: Are Breweries Suffering From Festival Fatigue? The Business of Beer by

Not all beer festivals are created equal, and an oversaturation of events has led to what some are calling “beer festival fatigue.”

Strength in Numbers: Will Mergers Help Small Breweries Compete with Big Beer? The Business of Beer by

What does the recent series of small brewery mergers mean for the companies involved? And more importantly, what does it say about the future of craft brewing?

Co-op Breweries in Small Town America: Fostering Community One Beer at a Time The Business of Beer by

While most co-op breweries are in urban areas, the business model has also found success in rural towns, uniting neighbors for a common purpose.

Salt Gose Pop: Brewers Experiment with a Common Seasoning The Business of Beer by

Although bursting with a sour punch and finishing with a pinch of salinity, the once arcane Gose is not a margarita in beer form. Today, some iterations boldly bring it into the 21st century.

Crowdfunding with Equity: Craft Breweries Will Soon Have a New Way to Close the Funding Gap The Business of Beer by

A new form of equity crowdfunding will allow breweries and other startups to raise money by selling stock to average-Joe investors.

Bean to Beer: Brewers and Chocolate Makers Join Together in Pursuit of Flavor The Business of Beer by

Craft brewers have begun to realize that a new breed of artisan can help them explore chocolate’s diverse range of flavor profiles.

Bubbling to the Top: The Rise of Hard Root Beers The Business of Beer by

Buoyed by the meteoric rise of Not Your Father’s Root Beer, 2015 has undoubtedly brought us the Summer of Botanical Beer. But where will it all end? Or will it?

Curating a Commercial Beer Cellar The Business of Beer by

Bars and restaurants not typically known for expansive beer menus are beginning to devote serious space to aged stock.

Hold the Granola: Brewers Experiment with Yogurt Souring The Business of Beer by

In order to get the desired tartness and acidity in The Commons Brewery’s Biere Royale head brewer Sean Burke pitched tubs of Greek yogurt. To paraphrase the Bee Gees, Burke started a joke, which started the whole beer world souring.

Drink. Share. Brew. The Business of Beer by

The Black Sands concept, referred to loosely as “open source brewing,” invites people to visit the brewery, enjoy the atmosphere, drink the beer and then if they’re interested in homebrewing, go next door where customers will be given recipes to make a scaled down version of the same beer.

The Many Faces of Employee Ownership The Business of Beer by

Brewery owners sell for different reasons. They want to retire or need cash from their brand equity. More and more, the ESOP is emerging as both a viable alternative to a corporate or equity buy-out and a way to reward a loyal workforce if a sale is made.

The Age of Agave The Business of Beer by

Adventurous brewers are now setting their sights on a relatively unexplored aging vessel: the tequila barrel. Will they be a short-lived novelty, a reaction to the bourbon derivatives crowding the market, or are tequila barrel-aged beers what’s next in wood?

Refillable Bottles The Business of Beer by

In the ongoing debate over whether bottles or cans are the greener package for beer, one significant factor has been overlooked.

A Little Help: Breweries Turn to Crowdfunding Sites for Money, Marketing The Business of Beer by

Websites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and CrowdBrewed have changed the game for upstart breweries seeking a foothold in a crowded beer industry.

New Legislation Brings Changes to Michigan’s Brewing Landscape The Business of Beer by

Michigan, along with California, Colorado and Oregon, has paved the way for favorable legislation for breweries and has seen tremendous industry growth as a result. But even in growing beer states, the fight isn’t always easy.

Good Brewers Make Good Neighbors The Business of Beer by

It has been difficult for craft beer fans in the baffling beer desert of Los Angeles County. But that’s changing, in part thanks to two new, wildly different brewers who are putting the brewery-friendly city of Torrance on the map.

Craft Brewers Conference, BrewExpo America and World Beer Cup: In Pictures The Business of Beer by

The 31st annual Craft Brewers Conference brought together professionals from all parts of the industry for a packed schedule of seminars, a trade show and awards. Here are a few standout moments from the event in Denver.

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