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Boston Beer Reports Second Quarter 2008 Earnings Growth

BOSTON, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) achieved second quarter earnings per diluted share of $0.60, an increase of 30% or $0.14 per diluted share over the second quarter 2007. The second quarter results include an estimated negative impact on net income of $2.8 million or $0.19 per diluted share related to additional costs of the voluntary product recall announced April 7th, while benefiting somewhat from increased shipments due to the replacement of recalled product. For the six months ended June 28, 2008, the Company's earnings per diluted share were $0.33, a decrease of $0.53. The decrease is primarily a result of provisions taken for the recall, which have an estimated negative impact on net income of $11.6 million or $0.81 per diluted share. Net revenue for the second quarter of 2008 was $117.4 million, an increase of $24.5 million or 26% over the same period last year, and net revenue for the first six months of 2008 was $193.5 million, an increase of $28.2 million or 17% over the same period last year.

Key highlights of the second quarter were:

-- Depletions growth of 8% for the quarter and 10% year to date.

-- Net Pricing increased approximately 5% year to date.

-- Product Recall expenses increased to $20.6 million from the previously announced $15.0 million, due primarily to an increase in returns above what was originally estimated.

-- Excluding the effects of the product recall, there is no change in guidance for gross margin and earnings per share for the full year.

-- The acquisition of the Pennsylvania Brewery was completed and capital investment for the brewery start up is on budget and on time, and beer was successfully brewed and racked. Bottling of beer was initiated in July.

Jim Koch, Chairman and Founder of the Company, commented, "We achieved 8% depletions growth in the second quarter compared to 12% depletions growth in the first quarter. Our depletions growth slowed slightly in the first half of the summer, but we still appear to be growing our share within the craft beer category. We are encouraged by our position and remain positive about the future of craft beer, even as the craft category has raised pricing in the face of significant cost pressures. "

Martin Roper, Boston Beer Company President and CEO, stated, "We are happy with our depletions results, that we feel have been driven by drinker interest in craft beers and our investment in brand support for Samuel Adams." Mr. Roper continued, "On April 7th, we announced a voluntary product recall of certain glass bottles of Samuel Adams products. We completed most of the recall activities during the second quarter with the help of our wholesalers, retailers and customers and appreciate the outstanding support they provided during this process. In our first quarter financial results, we took various charges for this recall, based on the best available information at that time. Our estimates are now higher than previously reported, as more data has become available. The after-tax impact of these additional provisions in the second quarter was $2.8 million. We estimate that we quarantined for destruction approximately 925,000 cases of product, of which 200,000 cases were held at our warehouses and identified prior to shipment to our wholesalers. The full costs of this effort include drinker rebates, product credits, fees and incentives to wholesalers and retailers for the recall, lost product, freight and destruction charges for returned product, warehouse and inspection fees, repackaging materials, POS materials and other costs. We also believe that we have experienced lost sales at retail which probably contributed somewhat to the slower growth rate in depletions for the second quarter. For the first six months of 2008, to reflect the current known estimated impact of this recall, we reversed approximately 725,000 case equivalents of shipments, which translates to approximately $12.3 million of sales credits, and recorded approximately $8.3 million as recall costs. The after-tax impact of these provisions was $11.6 million. All these amounts reflect estimates based on available information, which could differ from the actual recall costs, and do not reflect any potential recoveries from third parties. We also believe that we replenished some of the recalled shipments in the second quarter resulting in higher shipments and revenue than would have normally been anticipated for the quarter, absent the recall, and any benefit from this is not included in the above provision estimates. The Company carries product liability insurance, but does not carry product recall insurance."

Commenting on the Company's brewery strategy, Mr. Roper continued, "We closed on the purchase of the brewery in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and paid the $45.0 million balance of the purchase price, as scheduled in June 2008. We began brewing at the brewery prior to taking ownership, and began kegging and bottling on schedule during the last six weeks. The actual production volumes for the second half of 2008 will be dependent on requirements for production under our packaging services agreement with Diageo North America, limitations on how fast we can ramp up our brewing, and the timing of certain capital investments. Through the end of the second quarter of 2008, we had incurred $19 million at the Pennsylvania Brewery in capital improvements to upgrade other portions of the facility and startup costs necessary to restart the brew house. We currently anticipate that total capital spend this year on the Pennsylvania Brewery improvements and startup will be between $45.0 million and $55.0 million."

2nd Quarter Results

Core shipment volume for the three months ended June 28, 2008 was approximately 588,000 barrels, a 19% increase over the same period in 2007. This includes the impact of replenishment shipments for the product recalled. Total Company depletions in the second quarter grew 8%, driven by double digit growth in Samuel Adams(R) Seasonals and single digit growth in Twisted Tea(R) and Samuel Adams(R) Brewmaster's Collection. The Company believes that wholesaler inventory levels at June 28, 2008 were slightly higher than last year's levels, as reflected in shipments exceeding depletions and that such inventory would normally be expected to unwind during the course of the year.

The Company's net income of $8.5 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 28, 2008, represented an increase of $1.7 million or $0.14 per diluted share from the same period last year, primarily as a result of an increase in net revenue and a write-off of brewery project costs for a new brewery in Freetown, Massachusetts in 2007 of $3.4 million, partially offset by the product recall costs, increases in costs of goods sold, selling and advertising expenses and general and administrative expenses. Net revenue increased by $24.5 million, or 26.4%, during the three months ended June 28, 2008, as compared to the same period in 2007. The net revenue increase resulted from increases in volume and net revenue per barrel for core products primarily due to price increases. Advertising, promotional and selling expenses increased by $3.1 million during the quarter, as compared to the prior year, primarily due to increases in freight expenses to wholesalers, salary and benefit costs and increased local promotions. General and administrative costs increased by $3.0 million during the quarter as compared to the prior year, driven by the addition of startup and recurring planned administrative costs related to the Pennsylvania Brewery, salary and benefit costs and legal costs. The tax rate in the second quarter of 2008 increased to 44.8% from 42.4% as a result of lower than expected pretax income due to the recall, but with no corresponding reduction in non-deductible expenses.

Year to Date Results

Core shipment volume for the six month period ended June 28, 2008, including any recall related replenishments shipments, was 1.0 million barrels, an 11.5% increase from the same period in the prior year.

In the first half of 2008, total Company depletions grew 10%, driven by double digit growth in Samuel Adams(R) Seasonals and Brewmaster's Collection and single digit growth in Twisted Tea(R) and Samuel Adams Boston Lager(R).

The Company's net income of $4.8 million or $0.33 per diluted share for the six months ended June 28, 2008, represented a decrease of $7.8 million or $0.53 per diluted share compared to the same period last year, primarily as a result of the product recall and increases in costs of goods sold, selling and advertising expenses and general and administrative expenses, partially offset by an increase in net revenue, a decrease in taxes and a write-off of brewery costs in 2007 of $3.4 million. Advertising, promotional and selling expenses increased by $8.1 million during the first half of the year as compared to the prior year, primarily due to increases in freight expenses to wholesalers, local marketing and promotions, salary and benefit costs and advertising costs. General and administrative costs increased by $5.2 million during the first half of the year as compared to the prior year, driven by salary and benefit costs, startup and recurring planned administrative costs related to the Pennsylvania Brewery and legal costs. The effective tax rate for the first half of the year increased to 46.5% from the 2007 rate of 41.4% as a result of lower than expected pretax income due to the recall, but with no corresponding reduction in non-deductible expenses.

Other matters

Based on shipments and orders in-hand, gross core shipments through August of 2008 appear to be up approximately 12% as compared to the same period in 2007. Net of product returns, core shipments and orders in-hand appear to be up approximately 8%. Actual shipments may differ, however, and no inferences should be drawn with respect to shipments in future periods.

Year-to-date depletions through July 26, 2008 are estimated to be up approximately 10% over 2007, but this number may not be indicative of actual business trends due to some inconsistent reporting of the recall in the numbers that are available to us.

During the second quarter, the Company met with representatives of the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and presented its analysis of the events identified by the TTB during its audit last fall. Settlement discussions are underway; however, it is too early to tell what the final outcome will be. Nevertheless, based on available information, the Company's reserve of $3.9 million appears adequate to cover the cost of likely outcomes to the Company.

As previously reported, the Company currently estimates total capital expenditures in 2008 to be between $110.0 and $125.0 million, of which $45.0 million was the balance of the Pennsylvania Brewery purchase price paid in June 2008, and $45.0 to $55.0 million relates to capital expenditures necessary to restart and upgrade the Pennsylvania Brewery. The Company expects that its cash and investment balances as of June 28, 2008 of $19.4 million along with future operating cash flow and the Company's unused line of credit of $50 million will be sufficient to fund future cash requirements.

Excluding the impact of the recall, the Company still expects 2008 earnings per diluted share to be between $1.70 and $2.00. Including the impact of the recall and related tax effect, but without taking into account any potential recoveries, the Company expects 2008 earnings per diluted share to be between $0.85 and $1.15. The earnings per share range estimate does not include any significant change in currently planned levels of brand support, any additional expenses above the current estimates for the startup and upgrade of the Pennsylvania Brewery, the product recall or the $3.9 million excise tax provision discussed above. The Company's ability to achieve this level of earnings growth in 2008 is dependent on its ability to achieve challenging targets for volume, pricing and costs.

During the three months ended June 28, 2008, the Company did not repurchase any shares of its Class A Common Stock. Through August 1, 2008, the Company has repurchased a cumulative total of approximately 8.5 million shares of its Class A Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $114.0 million, and had $6.0 million remaining on the $120.0 million share buyback expenditure limit set by the Board of Directors. As of August 1, 2008, the Company had 9.9 million shares of Class A Common Stock and 4.1 million shares of Class B Common Stock outstanding.

The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father's attic. After bringing the recipe to life in his kitchen, Jim brought it to bars in Boston with the belief that drinkers would appreciate a complex, full-flavored beer, brewed fresh in America. That beer was Samuel Adams Boston Lager(R), and it helped catalyze what became known as the American craft beer revolution.

Today, the Company brews more than 21 styles of beer. The Company uses the traditional four vessel brewing process and often takes extra steps like dry-hopping and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. It passionately pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of its classic beers by constantly searching for the world's finest ingredients. While resurrecting traditional brewing methods, the Company has earned a reputation as a pioneer in another revolution, the "extreme beer" movement, where it seeks to challenge drinkers' perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company strives to elevate the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions the world over, and in the past five years it has won more awards in international beer competitions than any other brewery in the world. The Company remains independent, and brewing quality beer remains its single focus. While the Company is the country's largest-selling craft beer, it accounts for only about one half of one percent of the U.S. beer market. For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com.

Statements made in this press release that state the Company's or management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the Company's actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward- looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's SEC filings, including, but not limited to, the Company's report on Form 10-K for the years ended December 29, 2007 and December 30, 2006. Copies of these documents may be found on the Company's website, www.bostonbeer.com or obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.



                          THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY, INC.
                                Financial Results
                      (In thousands, except per share data)

    Operating Results:
                                              (unaudited)       (unaudited)
                                          Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
                                          June 28, June 30,  June 28, June 30,
                                            2008     2007      2008     2007

    Barrels sold                             648       507     1,052       903

    Revenue, net of product recall
     returns of $3,248 and $12,328
     for the three and six months
     ended June 28, 2008, respectively  $128,701  $102,301  $212,979  $182,035
    Less excise taxes                     11,329     9,433    19,484    16,719
      Net revenue                        117,372    92,868   193,495   165,316
    Cost of goods sold                    55,210    40,130    93,752    72,256
    Costs associated with product
     recall                                2,361       -       8,292       -
      Gross profit                        59,801    52,738    91,451    93,060
    Operating expenses:
      Advertising, promotional and
       selling expenses                   35,744    32,620    67,245    59,126
      General and administrative
       expenses                            9,138     6,130    16,649    11,428
      Write-off of brewery costs              -      3,443       -       3,443
        Total operating expenses          44,882    42,193    83,894    73,997
    Operating income                      14,919    10,545     7,557    19,063
    Other income, net:
    Interest income                          422     1,074     1,182     2,039
    Other income, net                        104       172       214       339
        Total other income, net              526     1,246     1,396     2,378
    Income before income taxes            15,445    11,791     8,953    21,441
    Income tax provision                   6,920     5,000     4,167     8,882
        Net income                        $8,525    $6,791    $4,786   $12,559

    Net income per common share -
     basic                                 $0.61     $0.48     $0.35     $0.89
    Net income per common share -
     diluted                               $0.60     $0.46     $0.33     $0.86

    Weighted-average number of common
     shares - basic                       13,884    14,204    13,867    14,161
    Weighted-average number of common
     shares - diluted                     14,308    14,680    14,319    14,638



    Consolidated Balance Sheets:
     (in thousands, except share data)                 (unaudited)
                                                        June 28,  December 29,
                                                           2008         2007

                      Assets
    Current Assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                          $19,386      $79,289
      Short-term investments                                   -       16,200
      Accounts receivable, net of allowance for
       doubtful accounts of $280 and $249 as of
       June 28,2008 and December 29, 2007,
       respectively                                       28,351       17,972
      Inventories                                         25,526       18,090
      Prepaid expenses and other assets                    3,442        2,152
      Deferred income taxes                                2,090        2,090
        Total current assets                              78,795      135,793

    Property, plant and equipment, net                   124,741       46,198
    Other assets                                             990       12,487
    Goodwill                                               1,377        1,377
        Total assets                                    $205,903     $195,855

               Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
    Current Liabilities:
      Accounts payable                                   $30,246      $17,708
      Accrued expenses                                    40,090       40,349
        Total current liabilities                         70,336       58,057
    Deferred income taxes                                  1,215        1,215
    Other liabilities                                      2,762        2,995
        Total liabilities                                 74,313       62,267

    Commitments and Contingencies

    Stockholders' Equity:
      Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value;
       22,700,000 shares authorized;
       9,927,718 and 10,095,573 issued
       and outstanding as of June 28, 2008
       and December 29, 2007, respectively                    99          101
      Class B Common Stock, $.01 par value;
        4,200,000 shares authorized;
        4,107,355 issued and outstanding                      41           41
      Additional paid-in capital                          97,292       88,754
      Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax      (204)        (204)
      Retained earnings                                   34,362       44,896
        Total stockholders' equity                       131,590      133,588
        Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $205,903     $195,855



    Consolidated Statements of Cash
     Flows:
     (in thousands)                                           (unaudited)
                                                            Six Months Ended
                                                           June 28,   June 30,
                                                             2008       2007

    Cash flows provided by operating
     activities:
      Net income                                            $4,786    $12,559
      Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
       provided by operating activities:
        Depreciation and amortization                        4,563      2,939
        Write-off of brewery costs                               -      3,443
        Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment        -          2
        Bad debt expense                                        38         20
        Stock-based compensation expense                     2,354      1,445
        Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation
         arrangements                                       (2,558)    (1,323)
        Purchases of trading securities                          -    (16,290)
        Proceeds from sale of trading securities            16,200     14,768
        Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
         Accounts receivable                               (10,417)    (6,499)
         Inventories                                        (7,436)    (1,525)
         Prepaid expenses and other assets                  (1,159)      (627)
         Accounts payable                                   12,538      3,797
         Accrued expenses                                    2,299        881
         Other liabilities                                    (233)      (206)
           Net cash provided by operating activities        20,975     13,384

    Cash flows used in investing activities:
      Purchases of property, plant and equipment           (26,561)    (8,545)
          Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and
           equipment                                             -          2
      Purchase of assets from Diageo North America, Inc.   (44,967)         -
           Net cash used in investing activities           (71,528)    (8,543)

    Cash flows (used in) provided by financing
     activities:
      Repurchase of Class A common stock                   (15,324)         -
      Proceeds from exercise of stock options                3,203      2,574
      Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation
       arrangements                                          2,558      1,323
      Net proceeds from sale of investment shares              213        155
           Net cash (used in) provided by financing
            activities                                      (9,350)     4,052

    Change in cash and cash equivalents                    (59,903)     8,893

    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period        79,289     63,147

    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period             $19,386    $72,040

    Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
      Income taxes paid                                     $7,415     $7,203


             Copies of The Boston Beer Company's press releases,
                    including quarterly financial results,
             are available on the Internet at www.bostonbeer.com

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