From two men and a dog in 2007 to a globally renowned craft beer brand and an employer of 750 people today – not to mention its crowdfunding army of 50,000 “Equity Punks” – Scotland-based brewery BrewDog has always marched to the beat of its own drum.
Outspoken and a major figure of the craft beer movement, Greg Koch co-founded Stone Brewing in 1996 in San Marcos, California, just north of San Diego. Refusing to compromise on taste like so many others did, Stone pioneered the West Coast-style IPA and has consistently brewed in-your-face beers.
With aims to expand global distribution, acclaimed New Zealand brewer Tuatara was sold to Heineken-owned DB Breweries for an undisclosed sum on January 31.
A cult favourite, Arizona’s Superstition Meadery arrived in the city with a January launch at Club Qing, courtesy of new importer Monster Craft.
One of San Diego’s most acclaimed breweries, the maritime-themed Ballast Point (owned by Constellation Brands), has finally reached our shores.
In mid-January, global beer giant Stella Artois announced a partnership extension with Water.org, a non-profit that brings clean water to the developing world.
The world’s first Czech Pilsner is headed to Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings.
As craft beer continues to grow in Japan, Kirin Holdings, the country’s second-largest beer company, announced it had acquired a stake in Brooklyn Brewery in mid-October for an undisclosed sum.
It’s official – the world’s two largest beer companies, AB InBev and SABMiller, have combined forces, with the US$104 billion merger marking the largest such deal in consumer products history.
The historic city of Bruges is now home to the world’s first legal beer pipeline, courtesy of Brouwerij De Halve Maan.