Tag Archives: craft beer

Craft Beer Industry Changes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Operating a craft brewery means you have to be agile. You have to adjust to a changing marketplace, shifts in your customer base, and emergency situations.

So it’s no surprise that the craft beer industry has demonstrated considerable agility in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More…

Prevent Beer Spoilage and Contamination

Beall Brewery Insurance reports that beer spoilage and contamination are among the top three craft brewery losses based on severity, according to data from The Hanover Insurance Group. The unintentional use of contaminated materials and the spoilage of a batch of beer present a huge exposure to the financial well-being—and the reputation—of any brewery. Read More…

2019: The Year in Beer

As the year draws to a close, and a new year draws every closer, it’s only natural—especially online!—to take a look back at the year that’s ending, and to look ahead at what’s to come.

This was an eventful year for the beer industry as a whole, and for craft beer in particular—but that’s just about the same thing we say every year. What made 2019 different? Read More…

California Beer, Re-Defined

We already know there is some controversy surrounding the question, “What is craft beer?”

But now there could be controversy regarding an even broader question: “What is beer?”

In California, anyway.

Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed off on Assembly Bill 205. This will change the definition of “beer” to include varieties fermented with ingredients like fruits, sugars and spices.

Local news quoted Peter Hoey, co-founder and brewmaster at Urban Roots Brewing and Smokehouse, as supporting the California beer legislation.

“Beer was defined as a serial malt beverage, so anytime you added fruit you started to get into wine territory,” he said. “That required a separate license to be able to ferment fruit sugars…. So the challenge for breweries was you’re not allowed to concurrently hold a wine license and a beer license.”

How Brewers Benefit

For craft breweries constantly in search of ways to brew more innovative beer, this legislation could open up some doors.

The California Craft Brewers Association supported the bill, an effort to bring California up to speed with how federal law already defines beer.

“This actually kind of recognizes what our guys have been doing, saying that it’s not just wine, it’s our beers, too, that use these ingredients to make the world’s best beer,” said Sean Hamlin, Government Affairs Manager for the California Craft Brewers Association.

For more than 25 years, Beall Financial and Insurance Services, Inc., has helped corporations and individuals protect their most important assets. The agency’s client base covers a spectrum of niche businesses, such as craft breweries, that require specialized insurance packages and knowledge. With California offices in Redlands and Newport Beach, Beall Financial and Insurance Services serves clients nationwide.

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

In late 2017, Congress passed legislation including a two-year provision of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA). This lowered the federal excise tax (FET) for breweries, wineries, and distilled spirits producers for a period of two years. It is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019. Read More…

Clean Energy Brewing

The craft beer industry is going green—and the benefits are multiplying.

Running a brewery on clean energy can save the business money. It can certainly reduce the brewery’s impact on the environment. And clean energy brewing can be a great marketing tool in a time when consumers really value organizations that follow sustainability principles. Read More…