The final numbers are in. After announcing the top 50 craft breweries in March, the Brewers Association released its 2014 sales figures, painting a much more definitive picture of last year’s winners and losers. Of the total nationwide output of more than 22 million craft barrels, 68 percent (or more than 15 million barrels) came from the top 50. Even of that volume, more than 8 million barrels came from the top five players, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Boston Beer Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing, New Belgium Brewing and Gambrinus.
With the recent addition of three new distribution partners, Asheville-based Green Man Brewery will now be available throughout all of South Carolina. Last year, the brewery signed with Beverage South in Columbia and GreenCo Beverage in Greenville, and a recent partnership with Lee Distributors of Charleston, The Yahnis Company of Myrtle Beach and B&B Distributors of Rock Hill fills in distribution for the rest of the state.
Heidelberg Distributing Company is the official beer sponsor for Miyelo Music Festival in Tipp City, Ohio, on July 18, 2015. Heidelberg's Miyelo sponsorship is the latest generous contribution in a long history of support for Pink Ribbon Girls, a local charity that provides practical support for breast cancer survivors and their families.
Knee Deep Brewing Company of Auburn, California, is now on its way to Massachusetts. Knee Deep beers will be available to Bay State residents in both bottle and draft beginning next month. Knee Deep has partnered with Massachusetts Beverage Alliance for distribution. “Mass Bev Alliance is highly regarded, and we look forward to working with them and their affiliated organizations,” said Jerry Moore, CEO of Knee Deep.
Technology and data company Engagement Labs, creator of the eValue score, has released data rankings of the top 10 U.S. beer brands based on their social media performance on Twitter. According to eValue data, here are the top 10 rankings for U.S. beer brands on Twitter.
If it seems like there’s a new IPA every time you go to the supermarket, you’re not imagining things: Sales of India pale ales are out of control, even by craft beer’s already astounding growth standards. In the first quarter of 2014, there were more than 1,524 IPAs on sale across the country—37% more than the first quarter of 2013, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond reported.
Mother Road Brewing Company out of Flagstaff, Arizona, is expanding distribution into New Mexico and has partnered with Premier Distributing Company. To celebrate, Mother Road will have three events as part of Albuquerque Beer Week 2015.
Summer is prime time for outdoor events, and part of the fun is cooling off with a cold beverage. But what if there are rules in place such as no glass containers or certain cooler restrictions? Matt Clapesattle from Monarch Beverage in Indianapolis, Indiana, shows you how to navigate those rules with canned beer, or "mini-kegs," so you can kick back and enjoy your brew while having a safe event experience.
AAA says gas prices are on the rise leading up to the busy Memorial Day travel weekend. In its weekly report, AAA says the national average price for a gallon of unleaded was $2.70, compared with $2.66 a week ago. Still, prices are nearly a dollar lower than a year ago.