Java fiends rejoice: breweries experimenting with coffee in specialty beers

Operators are brewing beers with premium coffees to add a significant boost of flavor and warming sensation that’s especially appealing during the colder months. The natural tastes of roasted dark malts complement the bitterness of coffee, making coffee-infused beers flavorfully complex. Breweries are giving coffee beers an upscale treatment, modernizing this trend with the use […]

Challenged by Per Capita Consumption, Beer Industry Realizes Nominal Growth

Beer remains the most frequently consumed alcohol type and the largest adult beverage industry, but is challenged by ongoing declines in per capita consumption, according to Technomic’s 2015 BeerTAB Report. The overall beer industry grew slightly in 2014 (0.4%), an improvement over 2013. However, category performance within the industry was varied-craft and imported beers are […]

A Winning Combination: Cobranding in the Bottle

Thanks to flavor innovation from New Belgium Brewing Co., consumers can have their beer and ice cream, too. The Colorado-based craft brewery teamed up with iconic ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s to create Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, expected to make its debut this fall. Cobranding among adult beverages and restaurant brands on menus […]

Partnering on Calorie Counts

With just 238 days until calorie counts must appear on drink menus in chain restaurant and other multiunit on-premise locations, many operators are scrambling to assemble the necessary calorie and nutrition information. They’re also striving to gain clarity about the requirements to have compliant menus in place by the December 1 deadline. The issue shines […]

Questioning Their Loyalty

Technomic’s finding that several of the largest and most well-established adult beverage brands are challenged while smaller labels are accelerating raised some questions from beverage pros about the state of brand loyalty. In this age of product proliferation, expanding drink portfolios and shifting flavor preferences, it’s a valid concern. Checking in with the 2014 BarTAB report, we […]

How Anheuser-Busch and McDonald’s Are Trying to Win Over Millennials

The country’s biggest beermaker and the country’s biggest restaurant chain (by sales) have a problem: Millennials aren’t in love with them. Anheuser-Busch, maker of Bud Light and Budweiser (the No. 1 and No. 3 beer brands in the U.S.) and McDonald’s, maker of Big Macs, have seen sales slide of late, and both have acknowledged […]

Bars: When It Comes to Beer, Give the People What They Want

Just a few years ago, bartenders at some high-end cocktail bars omitted vodka from their back bar shelves and menus. Some snubbed the clear spirit due to their desire to present an authentic pre-Prohibition cocktail experience, while others were indulging the then popular thinking among the cocktail elite that as an odorless, tasteless spirit, vodka […]

Bar and restaurant alcohol sales to show modest growth in 2015, finds Technomic

Beer and bars struggle, but premiumization and price increases spark dollar growth Drink sales in bars and restaurants are projected to grow modestly in 2015, according to Technomic’s expectations for the on-premise alcohol industry. Conditions at major chain restaurants that serve alcohol are slowly improving, and greater consumer confidence will lead to a more positive […]

IPA’s Hopping Growth

As the Wall Street Journal reported last week, Boston Beer Co. Chairman Jim Koch knows the question on beer industry watchers’ minds: What will be the next IPA? India pale ales have captured the attention especially of craft beer fans and brewers in the past several years, leading observers to wonder what the next flavorful […]

Tapping Into Beer Flavours

It was almost a year ago that The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro introduced its “Believe in Baconism” limited-time menu—a deep-fried bacon appetizer, a milkshake with bacon and three bacon-ladenburgers—capitalizing on the bacon trend when it was on the minds and in the mouths of customers everywhere. Now, the burger chain has introduced a new limited-time […]