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The Hops Market

The current growth trends in the craft beer market – more brewers, more market share, and more hoppy beers – have led some in the industry to worry about the hop supply in the future. Even with thousands of new …Read More

Craft Brewer Capacity

During the State of the Industry presentation at CBC, I presented some numbers on the general state of capacity in the craft brewing industry. Right now we estimate that there are roughly 34.6 million barrels of craft brewer capacity. Note …Read More

Brewery Operations and Benchmarking Survey

First, let me start this post with a thank you. Thanks to the almost 450 breweries that have started and filled out some portion of the Brewery Operations and Benchmarking Survey (BOBS) and an even bigger thank you to the …Read More

Loving Local Beer

Craft’s fundamental value proposition is that beer lovers are willing to pay a little bit more for a beer that has something more: more flavor, more variety, more local appeal. For the past year, I’ve been stating the primary reasons …Read More

Craft Brewing Growth by the Numbers

The 2014 craft brewing growth numbers were released today. I’m a big believer in data transparency, and I know that a lot of Brewers Association brewery members (and planning members) rely on these numbers to benchmark performance, apply for loans, …Read More

Local Lagers Looming

Although a big part of craft beer’s strength lies in its diversity of styles, there are certainly trends in beer lover preferences that make particular styles or groups of styles rise to the top. In recent years it’s been IPAs. …Read More

Brewery Consolidation Is Not Inevitable

In the 2015 world of craft brewing, every week seems to bring news of a new acquisition or merger. Given this recent flurry of deals in the craft beer community, I’ve begun to hear a lot of musing about how …Read More

Franchise Laws: Leveling the Playing Field

The Reyes Beverage Group’s recent acquisition of Gold Coast in Florida highlighted a trend that anyone in the beer business already knows. Beer wholesalers are getting bigger. When you include Anheuser-Busch InBev branches, the top two beer wholesalers now control …Read More

Craft at 35,000 Feet

Dear airline executives (particularly those at United and American), You may have noticed recently that Delta Airlines is now offering a variety of beers from regional craft brewers on some of its domestic routes—they aren’t the only ones—Jet Blue has increased …Read More

Craft Beer Is Key to U.S. Beer Industry Growth

Although beer analysts have been generally rosy about craft beer in recent years, underlying much of the praise has been a critique about volume. Not only have some questioned craft’s ability to drive volume, but craft has often been seen …Read More

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