Harvest Strategy in the Beer Business; Daily Beer Distro for Thursday November 8, 2018

I learned about harvest strategy years ago from stories about a man by the name of Paul Kalmanovitz. Through his holding company S&P, Kalmanovitz bought many of the old-line regional brewers that had financial difficulties during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s including Pearl, Pabst, Olympia, General and Falstaff. He would purchase a faltering brewery through …

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Key Takeaways from the 2018 Annual iPourIt Report; Daily Beer Distro for Wednesday November 7, 2018

I just got a copy of the 2018 Annual iPourIt Report. And I have to say, this is where the industry is headed. There’s just too much valuable data here. I’m not saying bartenders are an endangered species by any means. But in large draft markets, self-serve beer and RFID technology will be the industry …

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The Mexican Fisherman and the American Banker; Daily Beer Distro Tuesday November 6, 2018

I hope you enjoyed my story from last week about the Brewery Rep and the Beer Distributor. I got the idea from “Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral,” which translates to “Anecdote Concerning the Lowering of Productivity” a short story published by Herman Böll in 1963. I promised that I would share another adaptation from Mr. …

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Best Brewery Owned Domain Names that Aren’t Beer Brands; Daily Beer Distro for Monday November 5, 2018

I was poking around the domain portfolio’s of a few of the larger brewers in the US, just looking at some of the domain names they own that aren’t actual beer brands. None of the domain names below are million dollar names by any stretch of the imagination. What they are though, are terrific branding …

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Brewers Developing Cannabis Infused Beverages; Daily Beer Distro for Sunday November 4, 2018

The hot topic at the moment is how can beer distributors capitalize on cannabis distribution. I’d like to take a look today at the various brewers developing cannabis infused beverages. It’s inevitable that brewers are going to be watching the cannabis market. I don’t think there will be much interest in the harvest, dried flower …

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The Schlitz Mistake; Daily Beer Distro for Saturday November 3, 2018

Since new breweries are setting up shop daily, I thought it might be appropriate to look at what happens when MBAs have their way with the Brewmasters. It’s called the Schlitz Mistake. I was young, but I remember the time well. The local Schlitz wholesaler’s warehouse was across the street from ours. During the 1970s, …

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Largest Private, Publicly Traded Beer Companies; Daily Beer Distro for November 2, 2018

For reference, I keep a list of the largest private, private equity owned and publicly traded beer companies. It’s easiest to use Wikipedia links for basic searches so I included them for you, from there you can get to a large amount of basic data quickly – even though you need to conduct due diligence …

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Beer and Brewery Trademark Search; Daily Beer Distro for November 1, 2018

I conduct beer and brewery trademark searches throughout the week. One of my go to sources is the database of the US Patent and Trademark Office. There you can always catch a glimpse of new brands or breweries coming to market. When conducting my research, I make a quick pass through the trademark database. First, …

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My Halloween Six Pack of Beer; Daily Beer Distro for Wednesday October 31, 2018

I’ve just made it back from the corner beer store with my Halloween six pack of beer. This year, I’m getting out of the usual mainstream beer routine. I figured I’d be a little more festive this year. So tonight, I’m drinking a few spine-chilling and horrifying beers to celebrate the tradition of All Saint’s …

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The Brewery Rep and the Beer Distributor; Daily Beer Distro for Tuesday October 30, 2018

A few years ago a corporate vice president working for a large brewery in the Northern US was on vacation and driving through a small town in the South. He came upon a scenic little village in the hills with lots of places to hunt and fish, a very relaxing place to visit. The brewery …

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Best Beer Distributor Domain Names; Beer Distro for October 29, 2018

Today I’m ranking the best beer distributor domain names. So first of all, the domain name Beer.com sold for $7,000,000 back in 2004. That’s a staggering amount of money for any domain name. I would love to have had the foresight to have grabbed that domain for my beer distributorship back in 1993 when it …

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