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The Brewbound Podcast is an extension of Brewbound’s leading B2B beer industry reporting, featuring interviews with beer industry executives and entrepreneurs, along with highlights and commentary from the weekly news. New episodes are released every Thursday. Send comments and suggestions to podcast@brewbound.com.
 
Welcome to "Sippin With Samurai Piggy"! A podcast about the wonderful world of beer and my (mis)adventures in it. Follow me as I discuss different styles/brands of beers; interview local breweries and their brewmasters and along the way study/further my knowledge in the beer realm as a Cicerone. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thirsty-samurai-piggy/support
 
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With its 2022 Pitch Slam competition just days away, the Brewbound team caught up with past winners of the Shark Tank-like competition held annually at the Brewbound Live business conference. Lunar Hard Seltzer co-founder Sean Ro discusses his company’s growth since its 2020 victory. Then, Crowns and Hops co-founders Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter, wi…
 
The Brewbound team rounds up the latest news heading into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including Allagash’s 2023 plans, layoffs at Odell Brewing, Molson Coors exiting a pair of partnerships, and much more. Editor’s Note: This episode was recorded before it was widely known that Atrevida Beer Co. co-founder Rich Fierro was the person who helped…
 
Following the Winking Lizard Tavern’s annual announcement of its beer menu for 2023, founder John Lane shares how the event shook out, who left the day happiest, the one beer that is untouchable on the Winking Lizard’s menus, the inflationary pressures on draft beer, changes to its Tour of Beers program and much more.…
 
Chicago brewery incubator Pilot Project recently acquired the former Milwaukee Brewing Company (MKE) facility in Wisconsin. Pilot Project’s Dan Abel and Glenn Allen share their plans for the production facility and how the expansion will affect the bev-alc producers they work with and open the door to additional suppliers.…
 
How do you innovate at scale beyond the IPA juggernaut? With the various IPA substyles accounting for nearly half of off-premise craft beer sales, leaders from Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Atrevida Beer Co. and 3 Tier Beverages explore where the opportunities for growth are in other beer styles and how they’re building their product mix during a Br…
 
Ahead of several industry gatherings in the Windy City, Chicago Brewseum executive director Liz Garibay discusses the importance of preserving beer and bar history and how the stories in those spaces are really oral histories of neighborhoods and cities. Plus, the Brewbound team discusses Reyes’ Texas acquisition and New Belgium’s next Voodoo Range…
 
The Great American Beer Festival returns October 6-8 in Denver for the first time since 2019. Brewers Association president and CEO Bob Pease discusses his expectations for the trade group’s biggest consumer-facing event, how the experience is different in 2022, the year in craft beer so far, supply chain headaches, and much more.…
 
The California Craft Brewers Association’s Lori Ajax and Chris Walker discuss a pair of bills awaiting the governor’s signature that would benefit the state’s craft brewers. Those bills -- expanding the number of satellite locations and bonafide eating places, and adding on-sale privileges -- were among the CCBA’s priorities this year. Ajax and Wal…
 
The Brewbound team discusses the closure of TRU Colors, the craft brewery that hired rival gang members to work together but whose mission was marred by violence. The team also looks at two big distribution deals, including Reyes entering its 10th market, and Allagash’s future plans to move its taproom.…
 
New Yorker staff writer Charles Bethea discusses his story on TRU Colors in Wilmington, North Carolina, A Brewery’s Anti-Violence Mission, Complicated by a Killing. Bethea does a deep dive into TRU Colors’ stated mission to end gang violence by hiring rival gang members to work together and how the company struggles to balance those efforts with it…
 
In this Brew Talks replay, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Dan Kenary of Harpoon’s parent company Mass. Bay Brewing and Suzanne Schalow of Craft Beer Cellar share their views on the evolution of the beer category with the addition of fourth category offerings such as hard seltzers, spirits-based canned cocktails, hard kombuchas, hard teas and more. …
 
The supply of CO2 is tightening in the U.S. What’s it mean for craft brewers? Dorchester Brewing director of operations James Haugh and Earthly Labs CEO Amy George join the Brewbound Podcast to discuss the situation and alternatives available to brewers. Plus, the Brewbound team dives into the latest news, including MIkkeller shuttering its U.S. br…
 
Paul Weaver, Boston Beer's head of cannabis, discusses the Truly Hard Seltzer and Twisted Tea maker’s foray into cannabis-infused beverages in Canada. Weaver shares why tea was the perfect vehicle for a THC-infused drink, how the July launch of Teapot has gone and how the narrative of cannabis stealing occasions from beer has changed.…
 
This week’s Brewbound Podcast features a replay of a Brew Talks conversation on strategies for expanding taproom and retail outlets, featuring leaders from White Lion, Medusa Brewing, Castle Island and Boston Beer Company. Plus, the Brewbound team reunites to discuss New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger amusement park hoax and trolling of wine country; Ball…
 
National Beer Wholesalers Association chief economist Lester Jones joins the Brewbound Podcast to explain why he’s bullish on the beer category despite the current economic climate. Plus, Jess and Justin discuss a nightmarish week, recap Brew Talks, and break down the latest headlines, including Night Shift’s CO2 woes, the last gasp of Stone and Mo…
 
Simply Spiked – the hard lemonade Molson Coors launched this summer in partnership with Coca-Cola – has taken the FMB corner of the bev-alc world by storm. Joy Ghosh, VP of marketing for above premium brands and FMBs at Molson Coors, joins the Brewbound Podcast to discuss the company’s launch strategy, new campaigns and plans to recruit new drinker…
 
As Garden State regulators move to enforce strict limitations of brewery taproom events, Brewers Guild of New Jersey executive director Eric Orlando and Jersey City-based Departed Soles Brewing owner Brian Kulbacki join the Brewbound Podcast to discuss the fallout. Plus, the team talks about Molson Coors’ Simply Spiked, the latest Modern Times auct…
 
Modern Times finally hit the auction block, but the winning bid of $20 million from an affiliate of Anaheim, California-based Brewery X has been disputed by MTD Asset Acquisition. The Brewbound team also discusses developments in the trademark infringement lawsuit between Stone and Molson Coors and Mass. Bay Brewing’s acquisition of Long Trail Brew…
 
The Worldwide Brewing Alliance represents more than 80% of the world’s beer production. President and CEO Justin Kissinger and advisor Dan Kopman join the Brewbound Podcast to discuss the global trade group’s mission, as well as the challenges facing the beer category, which has lost 12% share of total ethanol to spirits over the last two decades.…
 
How can festivals make the beer community more welcoming to people who often don’t see themselves reflected in it? Barrel and Flow co-founder Day Bracey and Grace Weitz, founder of Beers With(out) Beards and the Queer Beer Festival, join the Brewbound team to discuss how their festivals offer inviting experiences to beer drinkers who buck the conve…
 
Leaders within the craft cider industry break scan data misconceptions and share how regional cideries are growing in 2022. American Cider Association executive director Michelle McGrath, Schilling Cider co-founder and CEO Colin Schilling, Swilled Dog Hard Cider & Spirits co-founder and CEO Brooke Glover, and ANXO Cider co-founder and president Sam…
 
WWE legend “Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and El Segundo Brewing Company leaders Rob Croxall and Tom Kelley share how their partnership on the Broken Skull line of beers works, the bump the beers received following this year’s WrestleMania, why their collaboration feels organic and the future of the brand.…
 
Modern Times is on the edge of entering receivership to begin a court-ordered sale process. Jack O’Connor, a partner with Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger in Chicago, joins the Brewbound Podcast to explain the process. The Brewbound team also discusses the latest news, including the latest Stone legal wranglings, CBC and more.…
 
The Brewbound team reunites with Rich Bloomfield, Greg Williams and Zach Day, co-founders of Chicago-based Funkytown Brewery. Funkytown's founders discussed what they’ve been up to since winning the Brewbound Live 2021 Pitch Slam competition, what they’ve learned about the brewing industry since launching last year, and the roadblocks they’ve faced…
 
A jury awarded Stone Brewing $56 million in its trademark infringement lawsuit against Molson Coors for its Keystone Light rebrand. Courthouse News Service reporter Bianca Bruno joins the Brewbound team to discuss what it was like inside the courtroom. Plus, Harris Beach partner Brendan Palfreyman returns to discuss the future of the case, if there…
 
Craig Purser, president and CEO of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, previews his trade organization’s agenda for its upcoming Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Purser breaks down the NBWA’s 2022 legislative priorities, discusses the U.S. Treasury Department’s report on competition in the alcoholic beverage industry, and shares hi…
 
The Brewbound team discusses the latest news, including a law making its way through the Utah Legislature that will require several hard seltzer brands to be sold in state-run liquor stores. The team also discusses the launch of Athletic Lite, a 25-calorie non-alcoholic beer, distribution moves in Minnesota and Vermont, and fundraising efforts for …
 
In the wake of several brewery closures, Kelly Meyer, host of the How Not to Start a Damn Brewery podcast, discusses his experience with starting and selling a struggling brewery. He also shares insights from other brewery owners who shuttered their businesses. Reporter Kate Bernot also joins the podcast to discuss her story on Modern Times being o…
 
What does the Treasury Department’s report on competition in the alcohol industry mean for craft brewers? Brewers Association president and CEO Bob Pease shares his thoughts on the report and what comes next. Plus, Jordan Breslauer from social media listening firm Social Standards breaks down the bev-alc chatter around the Super Bowl.…
 
Convergence is all the rage as big beverage companies (Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Monster) dive into bev-alc and lean into becoming “total beverage” producers. Nik Modi, managing director for RBC Capital, and Marty Caballero, editor for BevNet (Brewbound’s sister publication), join the Brewbound team to discuss the latest beverage partnerships, what has cau…
 
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is scrutinizing sports sponsorships struck by bev-alc producers and distributors. How can brewers play in this space without running afoul of the government agency? McDermott Will & Emery’s Alva Mather and Nichole Shustack offer their opinions on the Brewbound Podcast.…
 
Midway through Dry January, three craft brewers discuss their new non-alcoholic offerings and why these new products make sense both this month and the rest of the year. Deschutes' Veronica Vega, AleSmith's Brandon Richards and Notch's Chris Lohring join the Brewbound team to talk about their N/A beers and the development behind them.…
 
Ball Corporation has postponed the implementation of its new minimum order quantities and warehousing policy until March 1 after conversations with the Brewers Association and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Then, the newly reunited Brewbound team discusses more headlines, including Topo Chico Ranch Water, Troy Aikman's Eight Lager, and Pabst's social media…
 
As 2021 winds down, Zoe and Jess break down Brewbound's top 10 most read stories of the year. Topics discussed include the beer industry's reckoning with an outpouring of women's experiences with sexual harassment and discrimination on the job, as well as the launches of some hard seltzer brands (Sonic Hard Seltzer, Happy Dad Hard Seltzer) and the …
 
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