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March 10, 2014

Beer on tap and its own brand of ice cream are a few of the enticers at a new Bartell Drugs location, according to a local news report.

February 6, 2014

Anheuser-Busch announced that it agreed to purchase Blue Point Brewing Co., a craft brewery. The purchase will bring additional resources to Blue Point's operations, allowing it to better meet consumer demand for its brands.

ST. LOUIS and LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Anheuser-Busch announced that it agreed to purchase Blue Point Brewing Co., a craft brewery. The purchase will bring additional resources to Blue Point's operations, allowing it to better meet consumer demand for its brands. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

January 30, 2014

Samuel Adams announced that it’s ready to share Rebel IPA with drinkers across the nation. The IPA offers consumers citrus aromas along with piney, resinous notes that come from West Coast hops.

BOSTON — Samuel Adams announced that it’s ready to share Rebel IPA with drinkers across the nation. The IPA offers consumers citrus aromas along with piney, resinous notes that come from West Coast hops.

Rebel IPA was one of the first beers to be developed in the Samuel Adams nanobrewery, a small batch, 10-gallon brewery system that operates within the confines of the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery.

January 20, 2014

Jelly Belly will debut the new flavor at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and ISM in Cologne, Germany.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly Candy Company is set to unveil a new flavor to its collection: the Draft Beer Jelly Belly jelly bean. Jelly Belly will debut the new flavor at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and ISM in Cologne, Germany. The beer flavor has been a popular request by consumers for decades, the company said. 

December 16, 2013

Small and craft brewers contributed nearly $34 billion to the U.S. economy last year, according to a new analysis by a beer-brewing trade group.

BOULDER, Colo. — Small and craft brewers contributed nearly $34 billion to the U.S. economy last year, according to a new analysis by a beer-brewing trade group.

The Brewers Association released the analysis Monday, showing that the total economic effect of beer brewed by craft brewers as it moved through breweries, wholesalers and finally retailers, as well as non-beer products sold by brewpub restaurants, was $33.9 billion.

October 10, 2013

Anheuser-Busch on Tuesday announced the return of Budweiser's Project 12 — the brewmaster platform that introduced Budweiser Black Crown — with three new beers, beginning Oct. 28.

ST. LOUIS — Anheuser-Busch on Tuesday announced the return of Budweiser's Project 12 — the brewmaster platform that introduced Budweiser Black Crown — with three new beers, beginning Oct. 28.

For Project 12, Budweiser's team of brewmasters develop new beer recipes featuring the signature yeast first used by Adolphus Busch in 1876. The three small-batch Budweisers named for the ZIP code where the beer is brewed include:

October 10, 2013

Anheuser-Busch is continuing to blur the line between beer and cocktails. The brewer’s latest addition to the popular Ritas family is Bud Light Lime Cran-Brrr-Rita, a limited-edition winter offering.

ST. LOUIS — Anheuser-Busch is continuing to blur the line between beer and cocktails. The brewer’s latest addition to the popular Ritas family is Bud Light Lime Cran-Brrr-Rita, a limited-edition winter offering. Cran-Brrr-Rita hits store shelves in November, and will be available in 12-packs, 8-oz. cans and 25-oz. cans. Straw-Ber-Rita has been a huge hit this summer and is the largest share gainer in the beer industry this year, according to A-B.   

October 10, 2013

Higher-end products are where the beer category is headed.

The specialty segment, which includes such super-premium brands as Blue Moon, Shock Top and Land Shark, has been strong with volume sales ahead 13% and dollar sales up 15% for the 52 week period ended June 30.

Higher-end products are where the beer category is headed. “We’re seeing a lot of high-end segments continuing to steer the ship,” said Dan Wandel, SVP at IRI. “We’re seeing higher-priced products driving the category.”

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

October 8, 2013

Independent brewer Craft Brew Alliance gave Safeway one of its Retailer of the Year awards at its inaugural annual conference for beer wholesalers in Las Vegas earlier this week, the company said.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Independent brewer Craft Brew Alliance gave Safeway one of its Retailer of the Year awards at its inaugural annual conference for beer wholesalers in Las Vegas earlier this week, the company said.

CBA said the Retailer of the Year Awards recognize retailers that have contributed to the company's sales growth and demand for its products. Safeway was named the off-premise retailer of the year, while restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings was named on-premise retailer of the year.

August 28, 2013

Craft brewers are the star of the show in the latest issue of Costco Wholesale Corp.'s member magazine.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Craft brewers are the star of the show in the latest issue of Costco Wholesale's member magazine.

For the cover story of the September issue of Costco Connection, the club retailer solicited stories from members who had turned brewing as a hobby into businesses, or dreamed of doing so, receiving more than 500 responses.

Breweries profiled include Two Brothers Brewing Co. of Warrenville, Ill.; Copper Kettle Brewing Co, of Denver; Mac & Jack's Brewery of Redmond, Wash.; and Maui Brewing Co. of Lahaina, Hawaii.

August 19, 2013

GMDC highlighted two key business sessions that the association will showcase at its 2013 GMDC General Merchandise Marketing Conference held in Phoenix Sept. 6 to 10.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — GMDC on Friday highlighted two key business sessions that the association will showcase at its 2013 GMDC General Merchandise Marketing Conference held in Phoenix Sept. 6 to 10.  

August 15, 2013

Bartell Drugs’ new South Lake Union store, which opened its doors on Aug. 2, features a growler station where shoppers can get local beers straight out of the tap — a first for the family-owned pharmacy retailer.

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs’ new South Lake Union store, which opened its doors on Aug. 2, features a growler station where shoppers can get local beers straight out of the tap — a first for the family-owned pharmacy retailer.

According an article by the Puget Sound Business Journal, the growler station is proving to be a hit with shoppers as the new location went through keg after keg that first Friday.

August 8, 2013

Craft beer is still the engine driving the beer category. Craft beer dollar sales grew 17%, while volume surged 15% in 2012, according to the Brewers Institute.

Craft beer is still the engine driving the beer category. Craft beer dollar sales grew 17%, while volume surged 15% in 2012, according to the Brewers Institute. Craft beer dollar share has jumped to 10.2% of overall beer category sales. Mintel forecasts that the segment will grow to $18 billion by 2017 — a result that will see the segment tripling from 2007 and 2017.

August 1, 2013

Bartell Drugs is sponsoring a two-week series of events to celebrate the opening of its 61st store, the company said.

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is sponsoring a two-week series of events to celebrate the opening of its 61st store, the company said.

The Seattle-based regional chain will open the 11,600-sq.-ft. store on Friday in Seattle's growing South Lake Union neighborhood. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Tuesday. Between Friday and Aug. 16, several vendors will participate in product sampling and demonstrations, highlighted by a 16-seat, peddle-powered "Hydration Station" that will tour the neighborhood with beverage samples.

July 30, 2013

According to mid-year data released by the Brewers Association, American craft brewing continued to see sustained growth through the first half of 2013.

BOULDER, Colo. — According to mid-year data released today by the Brewers Association, American craft brewing continued to see sustained growth through the first half of 2013. The not-for-profit trade association, which represents the majority of U.S. breweries, announced that during the first six months of 2013, American craft beer dollar sales and volume were up 15% and 13%, respectively. Over the same period last year, dollar sales jumped 14% and volume increased 12%.

July 2, 2013

A liquor store chain owned by Netherlands-based Royal Ahold has introduced a "pick-and-mix" concept for specialty beers.

AMSTERDAM — A liquor store chain owned by Netherlands-based Royal Ahold has introduced a "pick-and-mix" concept for specialty beers.

Gall & Gall, which operates stores across the Netherlands, is making all specialty beers available individually by the bottle while adding 30 new products and allowing customers to buy six bottles for the price of five. Beers are grouped according to flavor category, such as blonde, dubbel, dark, triple and "other special."

June 4, 2013

A recent report from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States found consumers' tastes and preferences among drinkers are changing.

STEVENS, Pa. — A recent report from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States found consumers' tastes and preferences among drinkers are changing. While beer remains the alcoholic beverage of choice, reports the Beer Marketer's Insights, customers are trading up to purchase more wine and spirits in general, and more high-end beer, wine and spirits in particular.

May 30, 2013

Molson Coors Brewing Company is showcasing a global lineup of product innovations designed to expand its portfolio and provide consumers with variety as the summer season kicks off. The company has planned new releases in Canada, Europe and the United States.

DENVER & MONTREAL — Molson Coors Brewing Company is showcasing a global lineup of product innovations designed to expand its portfolio and provide consumers with variety as the summer season kicks off. The company has planned new releases in Canada, Europe and the United States.

May 17, 2013

Wegmans in June will open The Pub at Wegmans, a full service restaurant and bar at their Allentown, Pa., location, the company announced.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Wegmans in June will open The Pub at Wegmans, a full service restaurant and bar at their Allentown location, the company announced Thursday. Led by Executive Chef Geno Nosenzo and using the fresh ingredients sold on-site in the store, The Pub at Wegmans will serve an array of dishes that go beyond typical pub standards, as well as cocktails, wines by the bottle or glass and an extensive selection of craft beer.

March 19, 2013

Craft brewers saw a 15% rise in volume and a 17% increase in dollar growth, the Brewers Association said today as they released preliminary 2012 data on U.S. craft brewing growth ahead of the Craft Brewers Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., March 26 to 29.

BOULDER, Colo. — Craft brewers saw a 15% rise in volume and a 17% increase in dollar growth, the Brewers Association said today as they released preliminary 2012 data on U.S. craft brewing growth ahead of the Craft Brewers Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., March 26 to 29. The trade association representing small and independent American brewers estimated these findings represented a total barrel increase of almost 1.8 million.

March 8, 2013

Brewers finally have something to celebrate. After three years of flat performance, the category is up 5.3% due to a flurry of new introductions.

Brewers finally have something to celebrate. After three years of flat performance, the category is up 5.3% due to a flurry of new introductions. In an attempt to keep the momentum going, Anheuser-Busch InBev introduced several new products just in time for the Super Bowl.

The newest launch is Budweiser Black Crown, a beer the brewer claims has more body, color and hop character than the flagship lager, as well as a slightly higher alcohol content, at 6% alcohol by volume.

February 25, 2013

Anheuser-Busch's new golden amber lager Budweiser Black Crown debuted on the market in late January.

ST. LOUIS — Anheuser-Busch's new golden amber lager Budweiser Black Crown debuted on the market in late January. The new beer, a blend of two-row caramel malt and four types of domestic hops, maintains the clean taste and high drinkability of the Budweiser label, but has more body, color and hop character than the flagship lager. It also has a slightly higher alcohol content. The beer will be sold nationwide in 12-oz. glass bottles available in 6- and 12-packs and in 22-oz. single bottles.

February 25, 2013

Hy-Vee's new store in Overland Park, Kan., will include a beer and wine bar, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Hy-Vee's new store in Overland Park, Kan., will include a beer and wine bar, according to published reports.

The Kansas City Star reported that the company's new store would be the first in the Kansas City, Mo., area to offer such a bar and one of the few in the country to do so.

Many of Hy-Vee's newest stores throughout the Midwest already include sushi bars, cafes and other food-service venues in addition to traditional supermarket products and services.

 

February 19, 2013

Early this summer, you can expect to see Sam Adams Boston Lager in what the company is calling the Sam Can: a can two years in the making that beer manufacturer Sam Adams said it believes offers a slightly better drinking experience than the standard beer can.

BOSTON — Early this summer, you can expect to see Sam Adams Boston Lager in what the company is calling the Sam Can: a can two years in the making that beer manufacturer Sam Adams said it believes offers a slightly better drinking experience than the standard beer can.

January 8, 2013

Budweiser will introduce the latest addition to its line of beers later this month, the company said Tuesday.

ST. LOUIS — Budweiser will introduce the latest addition to its line of beers later this month, the company said Tuesday.

The brewing company announced plans to unveil Budweiser Black Crown on Jan. 21, based on 12 recipes, six beers brewed for national sampling and 25,000 opinions from the company's "Project 12" competition. The company plans to broadcast the first 30-second television advertisement during Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.