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 …More
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Learn about craft brewery trends, including beer styles, packaging, brewery business models, demographics, and more from the craft brewing industry’s top economist, Dr. Bart Watson.
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 …More
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 …More
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 …More
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 …More
Unless you have been on Mars for the last few days, in a cave, with your eyes shut and your fingers in your ears, you have probably heard that 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has been …More
On the Saturday Night Live skit “Coffee Talk,” one of Linda Richmond’s (Mike Myers) most famous discussion topics was the re-purposed Voltaire quip that “The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an …More
BA Economist Bart Watson elaborates on a presentation made at the GABF Media Luncheon. This members-only resource describes how demographics of craft beer consumers have evolved over the past 15 years.
One of the most common discussions I see in the aftermath of the Great American Beer Festival Competition is something along the lines of “why do California and Colorado” have so many GABF medal winners? The …More
Craft brewery closings have been getting a bit more attention in the beer press recently. Although high visibility closings are worth noting, I think there are numerous reasons why the health of the craft brewing …More