Month: July 2017

  • When you blame others, you give up the power to change..

    Regardless of what report one reads today concerning beer shipments or sales of beer to retailers, the numbers all reflect negative trends.  Until last week’s reports, which showed some improvement in STRs, the negative numbers continue to accelerate.  Such a downward pattern has not been since the days of the Schlitz decline, with major brands […]

  • Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way..

    Much has been written about ABI, MC, Heineken, Constellation Brands and others brands, regarding their recent purchases of craft breweries.  This model of large companies purchasing smaller craft breweries was once very rare, but now it almost seems one craft brewer is purchased monthly.  One of the main concerns is the amount of money, or […]

  • Happy Anniversary,……………..year 5

    .This post begins the sixth year of Beer Business Unplugged and as usual, I will comment on past posts and the industry in general.  This year’s posts did produce one blog in particular which resulted in an off-the-chart read. The one post that brought in the most responses was, ironically, November 8th’s post, We Live in […]

  • Well done is better than well said..

    It is appropriate that on Independence Day, July 4th, the beer industry is reviewing the Brewers Association’s recent announcement of their new craft beer logo (see the attachment). This logo is certifying that the craft brewer’s beer you are drinking meets the BA’s definition of an independent craft brewer. The BA’s current definition, which has […]