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With the end of the year looming, just-drinks takes a look back at 2018. Here are the top beer articles on just-drinks from the last 12 months.

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What hit the beer headlines in 2018 on just-drinks?

10. Lagunitas - the US brewery that wants to infect Heineken - Focus

Heineken took full control of California's Lagunitas in 2017. But according to those that work in Lagunitas's Petaluma HQ, it is the craft brewery that is teaching its Dutch owner about everything from modern beer drinkers to cannabis opportunities.

9. What brewers need to be aware of before stepping into cannabis

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.

8.  Carlsberg Performance Trends 2013-2017 - results data

In early-February, Carlsberg released its full-year results for 2017. The brewer saw sales last year inch up by 1% despite a flat performance in the second half. Here, just-drinks considers Carlsberg's performance over the last five years.

7. Heineken Performance Trends 2013-2017 - results data

In mid-February, Heineken released its results for 2017. The brewer posted a 5% increase in sales for the 12 months, on a 3% lift in volumes. Here, drinks industry commentator Richard Siddle considers Heineken's performance over the last five years.

6. How the global beer category will face the growth challenges of the future

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.

5. Do consumers know about beer terminology as well as you do?

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.

4. Anheuser-Busch InBev Performance Trends 2013-2017 - results data

In early-March, Anheuser-Busch InBev released its full-year results for 2017. The group posted a 5.1% lift in sales from the year, thanks in part to a bumper final quarter. Here, just-drinks considers A-B InBev's performance over the last five years.

3. What can the brewing industry learn from Anheuser-Busch InBev?

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.

2. Why a growing craft brewer isn't always a takeover target

In April, 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.

1. What is beer's biggest problem?

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.

Sectors: Beer & cider

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