New Belgium struggles to maintain its identity in the beer industry. Increased vintage releases in Champagne affect pricing. Cava names the first 12 sites to be part of a premium classification and gypsy brewers start looking for permanent homes. The news we’re thinking about at SevenFifty Daily.

July 18, 2017
1. Forbes

New Belgium Brewing Struggles To Go From Niche To National

As small micro breweries have proliferated and big breweries just keep getting bigger, New Belgium has gotten caught in the middle, struggling to compete in either category. As they have worked to grow nationally other company values have come into question, potentially lessening what originally made New Belgium such a special company to begin with.

3. Decanter

First Cava "Grand Cru" Sites Are Chosen

Spain has released a new premium classification, the Cava de Paraje Calificado. The first 12 sites to be part of this designation have been selected. This is part of an ongoing effort in Spain to show more recognition for single vineyard sites.

4. The New York Times

Beer Makers Who Used Other Breweries Are Opening Their Own

Contract brewing, the practice of using space in an already established brewery, has been a big part of making the craft beer industry so successful. Now that it is so successful, consumers are clamoring to visit breweries and see the process at its source. This is pushing small brewers to open facilities of their own.