Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc.

  • Capitalizing on the Light-Beer Demise

    By John Timmes - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, SAM, BREW

    A recent report suggested that light-beer consumption has been falling as consumer preferences move to other choices. While this trend has been discussed for a while now, let's examine three stocks that could benefit from a continuation in this changing dynamic.

    The craft brewers

    While the general beer market has been struggling recently, craft beer has been on a strong upswing. Craft beer sales grew by 15% over the more »

  • Summer Time and Beer Go Together

    By Mark Yagalla - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW

    Editor's Note: This article has been amended to fix mistakes. Motley Fool apologizes for the errors.

    America's love affair with beer continues. This is particularly evident in the rise of the craft breweries that specialize in unique flavors of beer. Beer is the new wine and is attracting more and more drinkers. There are now beer tastings and even pairings with certain foods. The result has been an more »

  • Steel City Bars Ban Boston Beer

    By Mark Morelli - June 7, 2013 | Tickers: SAM, BREW, TAP

    If you live in Pittsburgh or are traveling there during the NHL playoff series between the hometown team, the Penguins, and the Boston Bruins, you may not find certain kinds of beer.

    Several bars announced that they will not serve beer from the Boston area. It could be called the Great Boston Beer Ban.

    Will this slow the growth of Boston Beer Co. (NYSE: SAM), the number one craft brewer more »

  • Beers to Buy: 3 Brewing Stocks to Own

    By Ben Popkin - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW

    Summer is fast approaching, and with summer come BBQs, baseball games, and pool parties. What do these events have in common? Smiling faces and beer. Beer, the magical golden liquid that’s full of flavor and fun to drink (assuming you’re over 21). Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the United States. Americans consumed a combined 50 billion pints of beer in 2012 which led to $99 more »

  • This Brewer Could Beat the Bears

    By Eric Novinson - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW

    Boston Beer (NYSE: SAM) lost some ground to other craft brewers last quarter as Sam Adams sales dipped. Nevertheless, this brewer's investment in hard cider beverages continues to pay off. The brewer also funds a research organization that has other craft beers under development. Investors remain concerned about Boston Beer's valuation, though. Here are three reasons Boston Beer could still be a promising investment at this level.

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  • Collecting Beer Money Before the Summer

    By Ash Anderson - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW

    The summer months are almost upon us, which means those beer sales are about to kick into high gear. Between holidays and hot months, you’ve got yourself a nice looking trend.

    We’re not the first
    Sorry everybody, we’re not the first to spot this trend. That doesn’t mean we should move on, though. The question we should be asking is, “How do we capitalize on these more »

  • A Sobering Performance in Craft Brewing

    By Patrick Facey - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW | Editor's Choice

    Be it their tasty beverages or strong fundamentals, popular craft brewer Boston Beer (NYSE: SAM) has attracted a lot of investor interest in 2013, but their first earnings report of the year had investors reaching for a glass of water. Despite posting a year over year increase in revenue of 20%, the company undershot the consensus earnings estimate by 18%, citing increased raw materials and advertising costs, as well as more »

  • Stock Up on Boston Beer and More

    By Kyle Vaughan - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW

    When I enter any large liquor store looking for a nice sixer to bring to a party, I take entirely too long to choose unless I close my eyes and go for it. There are just too many choices! Reality says that only the strong brands will survive, but some of the once "no-names" on the shelf are much more than that today, such as Boston Beer (NYSE: SAM). The more »

  • Happy Hour Drives Market Beating Stock Returns

    By Brian Shaw - April 1, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, STZ, BREW, DEO

    Last summer, I outlined five wine and spirit producers poised to capitalize on strong growth trends. Over the past eight months, this thesis has begun to play out. Each of the five stocks has increased in value over that period, and as a group the five have outperformed the S&P 500 by a comfortable margin thanks in part to the strong performance by Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ). While the more »

  • Exciting News in Craft Brew Alliance's Earnings Call

    By Calla Hummel - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW

    Craft Brew Alliance (NASDAQ: BREW) released fourth quarter earnings and discussed fiscal year 2012 results with shareholders on Wednesday. Earnings per share were flat year-over-year and earnings for 2012 were in line with November’s revised guidance at $.13 per diluted share. The share price barely moved on the report but the conference call contained exciting news for Craft Brew Alliance shareholders, as well as areas of concern.


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  • Craft Brewer Watchlist

    By Federico Zaldua - March 13, 2013 | Tickers: SAM, BREW

    Consumer goods companies (CGCs), once they are well established within a specific geographic area, constitute durable cash machines. That’s the reason why so many investors (like Warren Buffett) pay such high earnings multiples to own them. Once a CGC has built strong distribution networks within its area, it has also built a competitive advantage that is extremely difficult to defeat. This is reason to explain why international companies such more »

  • Why is Craft Brew Alliance Jumping Around?

    By Calla Hummel - February 2, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, BREW

    Craft Brewers Alliance (NASDAQ: BREW) has been swinging around this week. Craft Brewers Alliance’s share price went up 6% on Tuesday, dropped 3% Wednesday and Thursday and popped back up 4% Friday, to finish the week out up 9%. While small caps are known for swings, Craft Brewers Alliance’s beta -- a measure of share price volatility -- is .89, meaning that its price tends to fluctuate less than the more »

  • Does This Spell Trouble For Craft Brewers?

    By John-Erik Koslosky - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW, TAP, SBMRY

    Brewer Molson Coors (NYSE: TAP) recently announced it will buy a small Irish craft brewery, Franciscan Well. At first blush, the move seems rather inconsequential, considering that Franciscan Well brews only about 1,700 barrels a year for beer drinkers on the Emerald Isle, while its new owner brews some 50 million barrels of suds annually. But it could prove important in the company’s strategy to further tap into more »

  • Brew Huge Profits With the New Face of American Beer

    By Steve Symington - January 3, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW, TAP | Editor's Choice

    On July 13, 2008, Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) sent shock waves through the American beer industry after it agreed to be sold to European rival InBev, effectively forming the world's largest brewing company with combined annual sales of more than $36 billion.  

    Unsurprisingly, the announcement was preceded by nearly two contentious months of chest thumping and lawsuits during which investors were treated to an attempted board overthrow by InBev as more »

  • Craft Brew Alliance 2013 Preview

    By Calla Hummel - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW

    Craft Brew Alliance (NASDAQ: BREW) had a choppy and lackluster 2012, giving up midyear gains of 45% to end the year up a modest 8%. In the first half of 2012, CBA’s share price soared on big earnings gains, margin and sales improvements, and a catchy ticker change. In August, the company reported earnings misses and in November revised its 2012 EPS guidance down by half. Shares plunged accordingly more »

  • Invest Like a Hipster

    By Calla Hummel - December 28, 2012 | Tickers: BREW, INDY, PBR, URBN | Editor's Choice

    Hipsters get a lot of flak for being jaded consumers cannibalizing past generations’ creativity. Regardless of your animosity towards or uncomfortable resemblance to the constantly changing hipster stereotype, we all admit that this group of twenty-something wannabes is on top of nearly every consumer trend in the country. Remember when you made fun of your awkwardly sarcastic cousin for wearing grandma’s 1950s era glasses? Every designer has since put more »

  • Will Omission Beer Bubble Over or Fizz Out?

    By Calla Hummel - December 28, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW | Editor's Choice

    The number of breweries in the United States has exploded from a few hundred in 1980 to over 2100 in 2012 – and the craft segment has enjoyed years of 15% growth while the overall beer market declines. But as craft offerings increase exponentially, commentators remark that the segment is saturated with options. Those comments are increasingly directed at Craft Brew Alliance (NASDAQ: BREW) and Boston Beer Co (NYSE: SAM), companies more »

  • Year in Review: Craft Brew Alliance

    By Calla Hummel - December 27, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, BREW

    Craft Brew Alliance's (NASDAQ: BREW) year can be split into two parts: the part where everything went well, and the part where everything sputtered. In 2011, CBA shares popped on rumors that Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) would buy the company. Instead, the beer giant bought the Fulton Street Brewery, a relatively small holding of CBA, handing CBA a nice $16.3 million and cheaper margin fees for beer distributed through more »

  • This Beer's For You

    By Mark Morelli - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW, TAP

    The brewer of my favorite lager, Samuel Adams, Boston Beer Company (NYSE: SAM), just made an announcement and issued new guidance. The company now expects 2012 earnings of $4.30 to $4.60 a share, up from its earlier estimates of $3.80 to $4.20.

    The news delighted investors to say the least. On the day after the announcement was made shares appreciated by over 15% at one point more »

  • Can Boston Beer Maintain Its Growth?

    By Eric Novinson - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW, SBMRY

    Sam Adams maker Boston Beer (NYSE: SAM) achieved great results last quarter, driven by seasonal beers and Angry Orchard hard cider, reported Duane D. Stanford at Bloomberg. This beer company seems like it's found a great premium niche with higher priced, better tasting brews. Nevertheless, some investors remain concerned about Boston Beer's valuation, wondering if this beer company can maintain the growth that supports its current high price more »

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