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Industry Diffusion: How the Smallest Craft Breweries are Driving Growth

The release of the top-50 brewing companies this week is wonderful reason to toast the success of regional craft brewing companies. That said, in many ways, the release of the top-50 may be less essential to the craft brewing movement than it once was. More

BIPS and the Limits of Sampling

For those hooked on both data and craft beer, like me, the 18% growth number announced today may come as a bit of a shock; it exceeds any of the previously published segment growth numbers 2013. Why? More

Revised Foundational Documents Clarify Craft Brewer/Small Brewer Relationship

Updates to the BA's Purpose and Craft Brewer Definition bring alignment between craft and small brewer designations. More

Now Accepting Nominations for BA Awards

The Brewers Association is now accepting nominations for three awards which will be presented at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, Colo.  More

BA Announces Lobbying Activities Percentage of 2013 Dues

Because the Brewers Association is involved in lobbying activities in Washington, DC, primarily on the excise tax bills in Congress, a percentage of member dues are not deductible as a business expense. For 2013, 18.4% of member dues were spent on lobbyin More

US Brewery Number Climbs Over 2,700

At the end of 2013, the number of breweries in the United States reached the highest level seen in the country since the early 1870s. At the end of December, the Brewers Association counted 2,722 brewing facilities in the US. More

What Can Beer Regulators Learn From Marijuana?

January 1st, Colorado will become the first state in the nation to move forward with recreational marijuana sales. What if we adopted the same novel mindset as rule-makers in Colorado and created a new set of regulations for beer from scratch? More

The Season for IPAs

Although the category has been increasing in popularity for years, based on IRI Group data through 12/1/13, it appears that 2013 will be the year that IPAs are the most popular craft beer category in the off-premise channel. More

A Tale of Two Tax Bills

If you’ve been spending more time cleaning tanks than reading the Washington Post recently, you might be unaware that there are currently not just one, but two bills related to beer excise tax reform making the rounds in the Capitol building. More

Craft Retail Dollars Up 20% On 18% Volume Growth During September/October

Craft’s strong year off-premise has continued through the beginning of autumn. In the October 6th four-week scan data released by the IRI group on October 18th, craft volume accelerated, showing a 17.6% increase from the same period a year ago.  More