Tectonic shifts in buying behavior have caused a tidal wave of disruptions to packaged goods. Brewers have mostly managed to surf that wave, barely replacing lost draft volumes. Yet as consumer demand evolves, new formats offer new opportunities...
Lower excise-tax rates in place since 2018 are set to expire, even as Congress has yet to approve additional pandemic-era economic stimulus for small businesses. The Brewers Association is urging breweries to contact lawmakers on Tuesday, December 1.
It’s unusual to get wide visibility into the accounting, POS, communication, and e-commerce systems used by breweries, but a recent survey by Ekos offers a snapshot. Here are the takeaways.
A strong off-premise retail strategy—including smart packaging decisions—is helping to keep Chicago’s Revolution Brewing afloat during the pandemic.
The Ontario-based Aphria calls its $300 million acquisition of the “420” brewer a “strategic entry into the United States.”
Knowing that business will slow as the weather gets frosty—especially amid fears that indoor areas are less safe—breweries are taking different tacks to keep attracting drinkers to their patios and beer gardens.
Drinkers are visiting less but spending more when they do. Package and store sales remain strong, while draft margins remain scant. Here we round up some recent data and analyses relevant to independent brewers.
Recapitalizations may sweep through the craft-beverage world, according to Martin W. Saylor and John D. Wagner of 1st West Mergers & Acquisitions. But what is a recap? And how does it differ from an acquisition?
The Belgian brewmaster of the Midwestern craft pioneer discusses the new growth in core brands, the challenge of balancing the COVID-era desire for efficient purchases with the yen to explore, and the dramatic acceleration of hard seltzer.
Predicting future sales is always tricky, but the pandemic’s shifting regulations and purchasing behaviors have magnified the difficulty. Ross Ackerman and Bud Dunn of GP Analytics share strategies to manage risk and make smarter production decisions.
The pandemic’s unpredictability also affects the laborers, farmers, and dealers who supply breweries’ raw ingredients. Their experience, flexibility, and optimism are helping to buffer a potentially volatile market.
Greg Engert, beer director of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, explains how their business—with 16 bars and restaurants plus a brewery in the D.C. area—is adapting to weather uncertain times.