Mid-Year Craft Numbers are Strong

The Brewers Association “Power Hour” with Dan Wandel, Senior Vice President of the Beverage Alcohol Market Insights Group at IRI this week had some entertaining craft beer stats. Dan laid out some impressive year-to-date craft beer category numbers that bode well for craft beer in 2014. One of the more impressive stats was craft beer… Read More…

One Brewery Job = 45 Additional Jobs

According to an economic study jointly commissioned by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association in 2012, U.S. brewers and beer importers are the foundation for an industry that employs more than 2 million Americans, directly and indirectly. Beer also contributed $246.6 billion to America’s economy and generated $49 billion in local, state… Read More…

Quake Rattles Breweries – and Wineries

The 6.0 earthquake that slammed the Napa, California region early Sunday morning caused extensive damage to the wine industry but little if any to the region’s craft breweries. While there are 400 wineries and a similar number of vintners in the Napa region, there are only five breweries. The quake was a “near miss’ as… Read More…

BA Soliciting Speakers for CBC

The Brewers Association’s 2015 Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) will take place April 14-17 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. The BA has begun the search to find speakers for the many educational seminars held during the conference. Conference attendees have business functions in management, marketing, brewing, packaging, brewery operations, waste stream, facilities, public… Read More…

Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Offering Scholarship to ABG

The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation, in collaboration with the American Brewers Guild is offering a full-tuition scholarship to the Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering program. The scholarship is open to professional brewers and homebrewers from the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and California’s northern geographic region (San Francisco/Monterey Bay areas and north). The… Read More…

Brewery Count at 4,500?

The NBWA has posted on their web site data from the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) which shows over 4,500 brewery permit currently in the US. This is a far cry from the 3,040 breweries that the Brewers Association has reported. What the dif? From the NBWA  “Active brewery permits are a unique way of… Read More…

AB Getting More Serious About Craft

Anheuser-Busch InBev is creating a new “business unit” to oversee the companies high-end products including their “craft” and imported beers. The new business unit will be based in Chicago. The announcement was made in an internal memo to employees and was reported on by Ad Age. Chicago is the home of  Goose Island Brewing, which… Read More…

Great American Brewers Dialogue to Tackle Trademarks

OvalOptions and Comrade Brewing are joining forces to host the 2014 Great American Brewers Dialogue at 10:30am on Oct. 1st in conjunction with the Great American Brewers Festival.  This year’s GABD takes place at Comrade Brewing Company in Denver and focuses on trademarks: what they mean, their effects, and dispute processes. This is a free… Read More…

Yakima Chief & Hopunion Merge

Yakima Chief, Inc. of Sunnyside, WA and Hopunion LLC of Yakima, WA announced today that the companies are combining their worldwide operations under a new parent company, Yakima Chief-Hopunion LLC (“YCH”). YCH will acquire the equity and assets of both companies and related entities, effective July 31, 2014. Since 2006, Yakima Chief has held a… Read More…

Craft Up 18% in First Half

Craft brewers (as defined by the Brewers Association) increased volume by 18 percent during the first half of the year. “From January through the end of June 2014, approximately 10.6 million barrels of beer were sold by craft brewers, up from 9.0 million barrels over the first half of 2013. (Note: The 18 percent growth… Read More…