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03.2013

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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CRAFT BEER SALES BOOM

Just call it the unstoppable force. 2O12 was another banner year for craft beer as 12% more barrels were shipped than the year before, the sixth straight year of growth. Of 27 major craft brewers – all of which saw some gain – 16 had double digit increases, according to industry research group Beer Marketer’s Insights’ craft brew news publication. In all, the craft beer industry enjoyed a 1.5 million barrel boost to 13.7 million [...] Read More »

BIG BEER MERGER FIZZLES

When the news broke last summer that Anheuser-Busch InBev had brokered a $2O billion deal for brewer Grupo Modelo, it was widely viewed as a major coup. But the fizz may have gone out of the deal as the federal government has sued to block the world’s biggest beer maker from spending big bucks to get even bigger. The surprise lawsuit seeks to block AB InBev’s deal with the Mexican company that owns the Corona [...] Read More »

NEW MEMBERSHIP LEVEL FOR BREWERS GUILD

The Massachusetts Brewers Guild has expanded its membership to include an Associate Membership level available to any business or individual interested in supporting the Guild’s mission to promote craft brewing and protecting the interests of craft brewers in Massachusetts.  Previous to this, the Guild, founded in 2OO7, was open to all Massachusetts breweries with licenses from the federal Tax and Trade Bureau and the ABCC.  Now, it is accepting applications from other businesses and individuals [...] Read More »

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