You may have noticed something different about BSG lately …
Starting with the 2022 Craft Brewers Conference in May, and continuing through the year, we’re rolling out our new, refreshed brand. In fact, you might have already seen our new logo on our websites, in trade publications, or maybe even on hats at your local MBAA chapter meetings.
The times, they have been a-changin’
When BSG started out, the craft beverage world was a very different place: there were 1468 breweries operating in the US, just 60 distilleries, and hard cider was awaiting its era of explosive growth.
In the following years, as each of these categories grew (often exponentially), BSG developed separate divisions – CraftBrewing, Distilling, and Wine – specialized to meet the needs of different producers.
What does this mean for BSG HandCraft?
BSG HandCraft will continue to operate as a separate division of BSG. Though we utilize the same distribution centers, warehouse staff, and suppliers - we recognize that the homebrew retail market is much different than the market for commercial beer, wine, spirits, or seltzers.
We want to continue our focus on providing industry-leading customer service and product innovation to you; our business partners in the retail market. That is why we will continue to serve you in the same manner as before, with a dedicated account manager and customer service representative who is focused on helping you grow your homebrew or winemaking retail business.
Evolving with our industry
At the time of this writing, the US is home to over 9000 breweries and almost 1500 distilleries – a sixfold and twenty-five-fold increase, respectively, since BSG’s inception. Wineries, too, have been growing in number over this same period.
This growth has changed the landscape quite a bit: the emergence and dominance of hazy IPAs, cider’s growth to 2% of US alcohol production, the meteoric rise of hard seltzer and RTD cocktails, and the blurring of formerly neat lines between producer categories (just think of all the craft breweries that have added a distilling program, or vice versa).
Our refreshed brand reflects BSG’s continual evolution to meet the growing needs of all our customers, regardless of beverage, category, or size. As we progress further into 2022, you’ll notice our new logo appearing in more and more places as we bring CraftBrewing, Distilling, and Wine under one brand umbrella for our US customers (please note, BSG HandCraft will continue to serve our customers who operate a homebrew retail operation).
The song remains the same
Although our look may have changed, the fundamentals you rely on have not: BSG is still the same trusted partner to the craft and artisanal beverage industry.
BSG, new logo and all, remains your one-stop shop for innovation, expertise, and new solutions, whether you’re making pot still whiskey, California Chardonnay, or something that the world hasn’t seen before.
As always, we thank you for your business and can’t wait to see what the next decades of collaboration bring.