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The Great American Beer Festival® expands in 2018

More space and more to enjoy as beer lovers congregate in the Mile High City What For the 37th consecutive year, beer lovers will gather in Denver, Colorado, in Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the most important beer festival and competition in the country. This year’s GABF will offer 62,000 attendees the chance to sample […]

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Shannon Carter – Brewers Association

Member Profile Link to article June 25, 2018 What is your current position at your brewery and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry? I am president of Shannon Brewery in Keller, TX. My grandfather was a brewer in Ireland, so beer and brewing are in my blood. I’ve been brewing most […]

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Zymurgy® Magazine Announces 2018 “America’s Best Beers”

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale takes the top spot for the second consecutive year Boulder, Colorado • June 21, 2018– The results are in ! For the second consecutive year, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale was named number one in the annual Best Beers in America survey driven by zymurgia magazine. Now underway in its 16th year, […]

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Demographic change among craft drinkers

What is the demographic of craft enthusiasts and how has it changed in recent years? As craft beer has grown, the total population of craft drinkers has certainly grown as well, but has it diversified? How? ‘Or’ What? Where? Before we dive into these questions, remember that how we define our field of inquiry changes […]

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Early 2018 Beer Style Trends

We are more than a third of the way through in 2018, and like every year in craftsmanship, the market continues to evolve. In this article, I wanted to check out the two style trends that Paul Gatza and I mentioned in our “State of the Industry” presentation at Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) and see […]

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2018 Brewers Association Award Recipients

Since 1987, the Brewers Association has recognized individuals who inspire, champion and innovate within the craft brewing industry to an exceptional degree. These individuals, nominated by their peers, receive awards at the general session of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America. We are pleased to present our 2018 winners: Nancy Palm Tree Charlie Bamforth, […]

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Brewers Association Launches Independent Craft Brewer Seal Retail Program

Free point-of-sale material designed to help customers identify independent craft beer Boulder, Colorado.—As beer lovers vote with their dollars to support independent brewers, the Brewers Association equips on- and off-site retailers with free assets to activate the independent craft brewer seal and differentiate authentic independent craft beer from acquired brands by Big Beer. From top […]

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J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham Named First Diversity Ambassador at Brewers Association

Boulder, Colorado.—Continuing its commitment to diversity, the Brewers Association (BA), the nonprofit trade association dedicated to small independent American craft brewers, today announced that it has hired J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Ph. .D. as its very first Diversity Ambassador. Similar to other BA ambassador roles, Jackson-Beckham will travel across the country to state guild and other […]

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7 CBC seminars for start-up breweries

Back in April, I published a rundown of the top 10 things startup breweries want to know, based on frequently asked questions. In keeping with that tradition, I have highlighted this year’s start-up seminars at Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America will be held in Nashville at the end of April. Start with the right […]

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Fastest growing craft breweries of 2017

Brewers Association unveils list of 50 small independent craft brewers in 25 states showing diversity of growth Boulder, Colorado. • April 10, 2018—The Brewers Association (BA) today released its inaugural list of the 50 fastest growing independent small businesses1 craft breweries in 2017. The median growth from 2016 to 2017 for these breweries was 216%; […]

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Analysis of the growth of craft breweries in 2017

Recently, I described the mechanics of developing growth numbers for our small independent craft breweries. Today I want to dig a little deeper into those numbers and try to describe the changing nature of craft growth in 2017. Anyone who has seen me present over the past few months will already know the main themes. […]

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Over 4,000 kegs returned to brewers association members

As the brewing community has grown, the number of lost kegs that have arrived at Microstar’s quality service facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Earlier this year, the Brewers Association funded a limited-time offer to pay a one-time freight charge to return kegs to brewers who had not previously participated in MicroStar’s Keg Repatriation Program. (MORE: […]

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Brewers Association Releases 2018 Beer Style Guidelines

New categories include three styles of Juicy or Hazy Ales Boulder, Colorado. • March 20, 2018—The Brewers Association (BA)—the nonprofit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting small, independent craft brewers in the United States—released its 2018 Beer Style Guidelines today. each year by the BA, these guidelines serve as a model resource for brewers, […]

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Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Brewing Companies of 2017 by Sales Volume

Boulder, Colorado.-The Brewers Association (BA) – the nonprofit trade group representing small, independent craft brewers – today released its annual lists of the top 50 producing craft breweries and all breweries in the United States, based on volume of beer sales. Of the 50 largest breweries, 40 were small independent craft breweries.1 (SEE ALSO: 2018 […]

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The Brewers Association ranks America’s best beer companies in 2017

The Brewers Association today released its annual rankings of the 50 largest US beer companies based on 2017 sales volume estimates. Here’s how things went: Among craft beer producers defined by BA – companies that produce less than 6 million barrels per year and are less than 25% owned by a member […]

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5 Brewer’s Association Resources to Help You Brew Great Beer

If there’s one common principle that everyone in the beer industry shares, it’s the importance of ensuring the quality of every beer that reaches consumers. We often think of gleaming beakers and pristine white lab coats when the idea of ​​quality control comes up, but maintaining certain standards doesn’t necessarily require building a brewery or […]

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George Aldrich – Brewers Association

What is your current position at your brewery and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry? My wife, Kristy, and I opened Reinvention Brewing [in Manchester, N.Y.] together, so in addition to ownership responsibilities, I manage all aspects of the brewing and packaging process. Kristy manages the tasting room and marketing. I’ve […]

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The Brewers Association announces the departure of Charlie Papazian

Father of home brewing, founder and innovator leaves lasting legacy after 40 years Boulder, Colorado • January 23, 2018—The Brewers Association (BA)—the nonprofit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting small, independent craft brewers in the United States—announced today that Founder and Past President Charlie Papazian will be leaving the Brewers Association on January 23, […]

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Larry Horwitz Named New Safety Subcommittee Chair

Larry Horwitz, a member of the Brewers Association (BA) board of directors, has been named chair of the safety sub-committee, which is part of the technical committee structure. Horwitz is currently Brewmaster and Partner at Four String Brasserie in Columbus, Ohio. He has been a professional brewer and brewery consultant since 1992. He attended Ohio […]

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2017 craft beer review

Boulder, CO • December 13, 2017 – Strong brewery growth, increased beer tourism and the launch of the independent craft brewer seal – with over 2,700 craft brewers signed up – were all part of a pivotal year for craft beer in 2017. The Brewers Association (BA) – the nonprofit trade association dedicated to small, […]

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California BPA Update – Brewers Association

Industry Updates Link to author biography Writing By Paul Gatsa Senior Vice President of the Professional Brewing Division Senior Vice President of the Professional Brewing Division Paul Gatza is the Senior Vice President of the Professional Brewing Division of the Brewers Association. Paul’s origin in the beer community began when he started brewing at home […]

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Study: 1.1 million Americans brew their own beer

View detailed infographic Home brewers are married, educated and geographically diverse Boulder, Colorado • November 6, 2017-According to recently released demographic data of American Homebrew Association (AHA)– the leading organization dedicated to advancing and educating people about the hobby of home brewing – there are currently 1.1 million people in the United States who brew […]

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An Economist’s Take on Take Craft Back

As you probably know, Take Craft Back launched the biggest crowdfunding campaign ever, aiming to raise $213 billion to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev. The campaign notes that “it only seems impossible if you really think about it”. Well, my job is to really think things through, so here are some of those thoughts. First, let’s review […]

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Sustainability Benchmarking Update Helps Brewers Evaluate Utility Use

The Brewers Association (BA) recently published the new Sustainability Benchmarking Update, which highlights the best uses of utilities and unique sustainability case studies in the craft brewing industry. This update focuses on four key performance indicators (KPIs), including electricity, water, natural gas and CO2 usage per barrel. Using BA’s sustainability benchmarking tools, along with data […]

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The craft beer revolution is now a global phenomenon

Between 2015 and 2016, U.S. craft beer volumes grew by about 6%, with 2017 growth expected to be in the mid-single digit range, according to the Brewers Association. However, this slowdown is very much in line with what has happened in the US beer market, Pease told BeverageDaily at drinktec 2017 in Munich, Germany. “We […]

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Brewers Publications presents Session Beers: brewing for flavor and balance

Boulder, Colorado • September 5, 2017—Sharing a beer or two with friends is one of life’s many joys. Session beers, whose smooth strength invites more than one round, adhere to high quality standards and are dedicated above all to balance and drinkability. The latest version of Brewers publications, Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance […]

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Brewers Association Appoints Ann Obenchain as Chief Marketing Officer

Boulder, Colorado • August 14, 2017—The Brewers Association, the nonprofit trade association dedicated to small, independent American brewers, today announced that Ann Obenchain has been named Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, she will develop and lead the strategic direction of all BA marketing activities, including membership, key events such as the Great American Beer […]

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Phil Wages – Brewers Association

What is your current position at your brewery and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry? I am the owner of Salary Brewing Company [in West Plains, Mo.] and I do pretty much everything except the brewing and dining room design, which are handled by our brewer, Amy Fischer, and my wife/co-owner, […]

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Brewers Association mid-year results show steady growth for craft segment

Boulder, Colorado • August 1, 2017—Small independent craft brewers showed continued, but slowing growth, according to new mid-year metrics released by the Brewers Association (BA), the nonprofit trade association dedicated to small independent American brewers. US craft beer production volume increased 5% in the first half of 2017. “The pace of growth for small independent […]

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Ray Goodrich – Brewers Association

Member Profile Link to article Jul 17, 2017 What is your current position at your brewery and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry? I am Marketing Director at Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, NC I’ve always loved craft beer, so after several years as a producer for Fox Sports, I used my […]

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Sustainability Sub-Committee Expands – Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Sustainability Sub-Committee. Carol Cochran, Serena Dietrich and Zac Harris joined the group in early 2017 and bring their own unique perspectives and experiences to sustainability efforts in craft brewing. Carol Cochran founded Horse & Dragon Brewery with her husband […]

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Brewers Association launches new seal to designate independent beers

Boulder, Colorado • June 27, 2017—In an effort to educate beer lovers about independently produced beers, the Brewers Association, the nonprofit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small independent craft brewers, has launched a new seal promoting the merits of independent craft brewers. Featuring an iconic upside-down beer bottle shape, the seal captures […]

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Independence Matters: Introducing the Independent Craft Brewer Seal

Industry Updates Link to author biography Writing By Paul Gatsa Senior Vice President of the Professional Brewing Division Senior Vice President of the Professional Brewing Division Paul Gatza is the Senior Vice President of the Professional Brewing Division of the Brewers Association. Paul’s origin in the beer community began when he started brewing at home […]

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Brewers’ association tackles beer diversity and marketing

The Brewers Association (BA) has updated its Advertising and Marketing Code and also formed a new Diversity Committee, as announced at the Craft Brewers Conference & Brew Expo America 2017®. These recent actions are closely tied to the BA’s goal to promote and protect America’s craft brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. […]

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American Society of Brewing Chemists and Brewers Association Collaborates on Instructional Videos

Association News Link to article Link to author biography Writing By chuck skypeck Director of Brewery Technical Projects Director of Brewery Technical Projects Chuck joined the staff of the Brewers Association in 2013 after a long career as a craft brewer. He opened Tennessee’s first brewery, Boscos, in 1992. As owner and director of brewery […]

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Steady growth for small independent brewers

The Brewers Association publishes 2016 statistics for the craft category Boulder, Colorado • March 28, 2017—The Brewers Association (BA) — the trade association representing small and independent1 US Craft Brewers – today released 2016 US craft brewing data2 growth. With more than 5,300 breweries in operation during the year, small independent craft brewers account for […]

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Kevin Doidge named Brewers Association sales manager

Boulder, Colorado • March 21, 2017—The Brewers Association (BA)—the nonprofit trade association dedicated to small, independent American craft brewers—has named Kevin Doidge as the organization’s new chief sales officer. “Kevin brings with him the perfect combination of experience, enthusiasm and insight as we work to expand our partnership commitment,” said Bob Pease, President and CEO, […]

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Brewers Association Craft Beer Year in Review 2016

A big year for small beers Boulder, Colorado • December 5, 2016—Reflecting on the significant impact of small independent craft breweries in 2016, the Brewers Association, the nonprofit trade association dedicated to small independent American brewers, reflected on the defining moments of beer in 2016. “In the face of many opportunities and challenges in 2016, […]

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Embracing diversity in the beer industry

The issue of diversity in beer comes up time and time again. Admittedly, this is not an easy subject to broach, both factually and emotionally. With the groups under the diversity umbrella representing multiple factions, including ethnicity, gender, and even religion, things aren’t neat or easy to tackle. Also, there is no comprehensive dataset to […]

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US Senator Gary Peters stops at Short’s Brewing

Current affairs Link to article Link to author biography Writing By Pete Johnson Head of State and Regulatory Affairs Head of State and Regulatory Affairs Pete Johnson is the Head of State and Regulatory Affairs for the Brewers Association (BA). He joined the BA when it was founded in 2005, after working as program director […]

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Protecting the Supply Chain – Brewers Association

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2016 issue of The New Brewer, a bimonthly journal published by the Brewers Association. As Brewers Association (BA) member breweries continue to grow and gain market share, looking to the future becomes increasingly important. Small independent brewers have specific immediate concerns, but identifying and addressing long-term issues and […]

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Brewers Publications Presents Brewing Local: Beer Grown in the USA

A Guide to Exploring Local Flavors Using Grown and Foraged Ingredients by Stan Hieronymus; Foreword by Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione Boulder, Colorado • August 25, 2016—The growing hunger for locally sourced foods is not a trend that has been blind to beverages, including beer. And while Americans have been brewing beers using native ingredients […]

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Seasonal beer management: best practices for distributors

Sales of specialty and seasonal beers from small, independent craft brewers are arguably the most diverse and exciting group of brands that beer distributors bring to market. However, what do you do when your loudest customers want those shiny, shiny things, but you have to make a living with cool brands by selling more than […]

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Number of breweries built at the request of consumers

Despite a decade of success, I STILL getting calls asking if the current crafting growth is a bubble. Since apparently no number of “bubble-free” posts can dispel this notion, for this post I decided to go a more aggressive route. I’ll start by saying that the United States actually doesn’t have as many breweries as […]

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On-site beer data and crafts

Most of the data reported in the media on beer comes from the outside. This makes sense for several reasons. First, offsite accounts for over 80% of total beer volume. Second, the data is easier to obtain, thanks to the magic of barcodes and sophisticated scanner systems. Onsite data exists, but POS systems are generally […]

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Brewers Association Releases 2016 Beer Style Guidelines

Boulder, Colorado • April 12, 2016—The Brewers Association (BA), the non-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small independent craft brewers, has released its annual beer style guidelines for 2016. Developed annually by the BA , these guidelines serve as a reference tool. for beer experts and judges, showcasing and celebrating beer styles […]

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Small independent brewers continue to grow by double digits

Brewers Association releases annual growth figures for US craft brewers Boulder, CO • March 22, 2016—The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent1 US Craft Brewers Released 2015 US Craft Brewing Data Today2 growth. With more breweries than ever before, small independent craft brewers now account for 12% market share of the […]

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Craft Beer Retailer – Brewers Association

Brewers Association Membership The Brewers Association connects you with the brewing community – and a vast network of craft beer enthusiasts – to help your business succeed. Join us to engage with your top customers and industry partners, including thousands of brewery owners, CEOs, brewers, buyers, marketers, distributors, managers and brewing enthusiasts. beer who are […]

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Beer policy in numbers

When people think of craft brewing, they don’t necessarily think of political activism. But thanks to an active and informed community of craft brewers and enthusiasts, that perception is starting to change. Since I started at the Brewers Association less than nine months ago, I have been blown away by the impact craft brewing is […]

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US Passes 4,000 Breweries – Brewers Association

Much of the beer world’s attention over the past week has focused on the Great American Oktoberfest. However, the week also marked another milestone in the resurgence of local American brewing, with the Brewers Association’s database surpassing 4,000 active breweries. Although specific figures of the 19and century are difficult to confirm, this is almost certainly […]

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Brewers Association reports big gains for small independent brewers

Mid-Year Measure Reveals Steady Growth in Craft Brewing Industry Boulder, Colorado • July 27, 2015— The craft brewing industry continued its strong growth in the first half of 2015, according to new semi-annual data released by the Brewers Association (BA), the nonprofit trade association dedicated to small independent American artisans. brewers1. US craft beer production […]

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Brewers Association Membership – Brewers Association

Membership in the Brewers Association connects you with the brewing community to help you succeed. More than 10,000 owners, CEOs, brewers, buyers, marketers, distributors and managers turn to the BA to provide them with the services they need most. Smart decisions will give your business the edge. Becoming a BA member is no exception. Membership […]