Adam Dulye Named Executive Chef of BA

Adam Dulye has been named Executive Chef of the Brewers Association (BA). Dulye will use his culinary background to promote the value and compatibility of craft beer and cuisine. He will also continue to provide the culinary vision for BA events including SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, the Farm to Table Pavilion… Read More…

BA Reports 35% Jump in Craft Beer Exports

The Brewers Association today reported export growth data for the American craft beer industry in 2014. Supported by the BA’s Export Development Program (EDP), craft beer export volume increased by 35.7 percent in 2014, representing 383,422 barrels and an estimated $99.7 million. In 2014, the fastest growing markets were Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and the… Read More…

It’s Time for Double Digits!!

Preliminary numbers released today by the Brewers Association show that for the first-time ever, craft brewers reached double-digit volume share of the marketplace. In 2014, craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels, accounting for 11% market share and saw an 18% rise in volume and a 22% increase in retail dollar value.  Retail dollar value was… Read More…

Flying Dog Wins Big Label Ruling

Flying Dog Brewery of Maryland has won a free speech case that could have wide and far ranging impacts on craft beer labeling. Flying Dog has been known for its somewhat abrasive and occasionally controversial beer label graphics. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission banned the use of their “Raging Bitch” label back in 2009, designed… Read More…

Hard Fought Branch Bill Passes in KY

A Kentucky bill that will prevent breweries from holding distribution and retail licenses has passed the state legislature and the Governor has said in a statement yesterday that he will sign the bill. The bill has been closely watched by the beer industry as a potential “sign of the times.” This means that Anheuser-Busch will… Read More…

Pattern Continues – ABInBev Slips in US but Profits Grow

Anheuser-Busch InBev announced its 4th quarter 2014 results and US sales of Budweiser were down once again with sales-to-retailers down 1.4% for the quarter and down 1.7% for the full year. Bud Light sales-to-retailers were down 1.1% in the 4th quarter and down 1.6% for the full year. But the largest brewer in the world… Read More…

Falconer Foundation Offers Scholarships

In collaboration with the Seibel Institute of Technology, the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering two full-tuition brewing education scholarships in 2015.  Both scholarship are full tuition grants and come with generous travel/lodging stipends. The first scholarship is to the World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology in Chicago in October 2015. The Concise Course… Read More…

Diageo Jumps in to Craft Category

The red hot craft beer industry is sucking in the global beer giants, venture capital and any investor chasing a buck. It was only a matter of time that Diageo, one of the world’s largest alcohol beverage companies with brands that include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Smirnoff, Baileys and Guinness would jump in too. Diageo… Read More…

Market Share – Spirits Up, Beer Down

Here are the market share numbers in dollar sales for 2014 by each alcohol beverage category; spirits = 35%, beer = 48% and wine = 17%. Compared to previous year, wine was flat while spirits picked up half a percentage point at the expense of beer. Here’s a comparison to 10 years ago to show… Read More…

BI Intro’s Tax Bill – BA Opposes

The Brewers Association has issued a press released indicates it opposed the BEER Act, legislation introduced in the U.S. house and supported by the Beer Institute. It begins by explaining that legislation was introduced in Congress that is supported by the BA and called the Small BREW Act. Bob Pease, CEO of the Brewers Association,… Read More…