Drinks Americas Announces Launch of First Major Line of Craft Beer Brewed in Mexico

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Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd., (“Drinks”) (DKAM), a leading developer and marketer of alcohol beverage products, is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive sales agreement with Marigold Brewing Company (“Marigold”). Marigold will be the first major line of craft beers to be brewed in Mexico and launched in the U.S. (more…)

US. Is Boston Beer About to Get Squeezed?

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Craft brewers have been eating Anheuser-Busch InBev?’s (NYSE: BUD) lunch in recent years. While overall beer consumption in the U.S. shrank each year from 2008 to 2011, craft beer sales grew by 15 percent last year. (more…)

US. The Coming Threat to Your Craft Brew

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Over at Washington Monthly, Tim Heffernan has an in-depth piece [1]on a topic dear to my heart [2]: the stunning consolidation of the US beer industry. He points out, as I have before, that two vast, globe-spanning companies, SABMliler and Anheuser-Busch InBev, control 80 percent of the US beer market. Heffernan argues that the two companies have essentially hit a wall in getting much bigger here—consolidation is already so extreme that there just isn’t much more consolidating to do without provoking the ire of antitrust authorities. To increase their profits, he shows, the companies are moving toward a vertical-integration strategy: gunning for control of the distribution and wholesaling. That way, they can grow by extracting more revenue and profit out of each dollar Americans spend on beer. (more…)

US. Breweries pour millions into MT economy

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Beer-lovers, rejoice: The next time you crack open a cold one, you can replace any feeling of guilt with the satisfaction that you’ve just stimulated the local economy. (more…)

US. Big Beer dresses up in craft brewers’ clothing

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Big, global breweries have taken notice of the red-hot craft beer movement. In response, they have begun to buy and replicate their way into the movement. Some craft brewers have cried foul. (more…)

Brewer’s launches, grows in a down economy

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Taking a sip of the foamy dark beer, Chris Dibble pulls the pint away from his lips and looks at the glass full of oatmeal stout. Then he lets out an audible, satisfied sigh. Sitting on a barstool at Brewer’s Handcrafted Beer and Pizza, his day just got better. (more…)