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What's coming up in beer in 2020? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - comment 21 Jan 2020

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Our category previews of the year ahead continue. Here's beer expert Stephen Beaumont with his take on what will shape the brewing industry over the next 12 months.


Why US craft beer is still holding its value - Comment 26 Nov 2019

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

just-drinks' beer commentator has had another craft acquisition to digest this month. Stephen Beaumont takes a closer look at Anheuser-Busch InBev's decision to eventually move for Craft Brew Alliance. His conclusions may differ from yours.


The next big thing in North American beer is…? - Comment 29 Oct 2019

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

This month, beer category commentator Stephen Beaumont surveys the brewing scene in North America, and considers which beer style is poised to be brewers' Great White Hope. Again.


Why low-alcohol is the next growth opportunity for beer - Comment 24 Sep 2019

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Back from his long-haul travels, just-drinks' beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, believes he has found an untapped growth opportunity for the world's brewers.


How concerned should the beer category be about the hard seltzer boom? - Comment 28 Aug 2019

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Hard seltzers have hogged the headlines in recent months, particularly the category's perceived threat to beer. Our beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, looks under the hood of the newcomer's numbers and considers how real the threat truly is.


Why beer consumers care less about the detail than you do - Comment 24 Jul 2019

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

While brewers around the world are keen to highlight any point of differentiation from their competitors, they risk losing sight of the bigger prize. Category commentator Stephen Beaumont has a warning for those in beer focussing their efforts at the geekier end of the consumer spectrum.


Low-alcohol - Where the beer growth lives - Comment 27 Jun 2019

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Historically, the brewing industry has enjoyed the race to the top, in abv terms. Category commentator Stephen Beaumont, however, believes the brewers that have stopped and turned in the opposite direction are best-placed to capitalise on the trend among consumers towards lower-strength brews.


Is diversification the future for beer? - Comment 29 May 2019

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

From operating way beyond the beer category to selling off so-called non-core assets, brewers are now looking for growth elsewhere again. just-drinks' beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, considers the cyclical history and looks at where the world's brewers are now.


Big beer versus craft beer - Is the fight finally over? - Comment 23 Apr 2019

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

For beer commentator Stephen Beaumont, the recent activities by Carlsberg in the UK signal the end of the war between 'big beer' and craft beer.


What will be Carlsberg's priorities for the years ahead? – Analysis 21 Mar 2019

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Following on from just-drinks' analysis this month of Carlsberg's performance over the last five years, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont considers the takeaways for the wider brewing industry.


How much do consumers care about the ingredients in their beer? - Comment 21 Feb 2019

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Earlier this month, a very public row broke out in the US over ingredients claims in the nation's beers. Stephen Beaumont takes a look at the in-fighting, but remains unconvinced of the need for such concerns.


What's coming up in beer in 2019? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 22 Jan 2019

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Our category commentators are all looking forward this month, sharing their forecasts for the year ahead. Next up, we have Stephen Beaumont with his thoughts on the next 12 months in the global beer category.


How the global beer category will face the growth challenges of the future - Comment 6 Dec 2018

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Bringing the curtain down on 2018, our resident beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, looks at the growth-driving strategies of the past and predicts how these strategies will morph in the coming years.


Will South America drive the next wave of craft beer growth? - Comment 25 Oct 2018

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Our resident beer commentator returns, not just for his latest look at the beer world, but also from his travels. Stephen Beaumont tells us about his time spent in South America this month, and why he thinks the region is set to hog the craft beer headlines going forward.


What brewers need to be aware of before stepping into cannabis - Comment 25 Sep 2018

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

With brewers eyeing the cannabis industry with both interest and enthusiasm, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont has some words of warning for them, before they take their first steps into unknown territory.


Do consumers know about beer terminology as well as you do? - Comment 30 Aug 2018

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

When a brewer talks about the value category, does the consumer understand what is meant? How about premium? Super-premium? And, what about craft? just-drinks' beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, considers whether these terms mean as much to consumers as they clearly do to the global brewing industry.


Are beer festivals worth the time and expense it takes to participate in them? - Comment 26 Jul 2018

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

As July gently turns to August, we enter what must be considered the heart of beer festival season.


What is beer's biggest problem? - Comment 26 Jun 2018

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

A trip to Belgium earlier this year provided some home truths for our resident beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont: While brewers have done well to break out beyond the traditional flavour brackets, they are coming unstuck on getting these under the noses of most consumers.


What can the brewing industry learn from Anheuser-Busch InBev? - Comment 29 May 2018

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

If there is a single overriding lesson to be learned from just-drinks' analysis of Anheuser-Busch InBev's performance over the last five years, it is one more obvious than a pint of IPA at a Champagne tasting. Put bluntly, that lesson is: Global expansion + cost reduction = increased profitability.


Why a growing craft brewer isn't always a takeover target – Comment 17 May 2018

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Last month, the US trade organisation for craft brewers, the Brewers Association, released a most interesting list. just-drinks' resident beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont takes a closer look at the chart of the fastest-growing US craft brewers in 2017.


What can the beer industry learn from Carlsberg? - Comment 22 Mar 2018

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

If the principle lesson learned from just-drinks' analysis of Heineken's performance in the last five years is "don't panic", the overarching theme of Carlsberg's last half-decade of struggles might be the even more clichéd "don't put all your eggs in one basket". Said basket being, in this case, Russia.


What can the beer industry learn from Heineken? - Comment 6 Mar 2018

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Heineken has released its 2017 results and, despite the generally-depressed state of the global beer market today, the group reported some very positive trends. It therefore merits consideration with an eye towards what others in the brewing business and, indeed, the drinks industry, in general, can learn from the world's number two brewer.


What's coming up in beer in 2018? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 23 Jan 2018

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Our 2018 category previews continue. Here, beer industry commentator Stephen Beaumont shares his predictions on how the brewing world will weather the year ahead.


Why Asia is the latest front in the craft beer battle - Comment 23 Nov 2017

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

We're off to Asia with beer commentator Stephen Beaumont this month. Vietnam, to be specific, with the country serving as an example of how the continent is becoming the next battleground for beer's higher-end players.


Is 'innovation' a dirty word in the beer industry? - Comment 17 Oct 2017

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

This month, our beer industry commentator, Stephen Beaumont, looks at the innovation record of the brewing multinationals and finds them heavily reliant on the smaller, craft players out there.


Will the latest attack on the big brewers stick? - Comment 21 Sep 2017

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Rarely a week goes by without the multinational brewers being given a hard time by someone or other. However, the latest flare-up, in the UK, has caught the attention of our regular beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont.


Where is Molson Coors today and where will it be tomorrow? - Comment 24 Aug 2017

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Following on from just-drinks' analysis of Molson Coors' performance over the last five years, just-drinks' beer commentator Stephen Beaumont, considers the takeaways for the wider brewing industry.


Is it time for brewers to drop 'craft' for 'independent'?- Comment 18 Jul 2017

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

In the last few weeks, two craft beer trade associations have offered members promotional material designed to highlight their independent ownership status. Here, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont considers whether this means the end of the road for the much-debated 'craft' term.


Beer cans should know their place, and it's not at the table - Comment 16 Jun 2017

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

This month, our resident beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, has spotted a link between beer's missed opportunity in the restaurant channel and the propensity of some brewers to plump for cans as their preferred packaging.


Are big brewers buying craft brands to benefit big beer? - Comment 16 May 2017

Column: Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Amid all the furore each time another craft brewer joins the other side, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont explores the strategy behind the larger players' forays in the segment.

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