Staff Voices

Brewers Association staff voices provides news, insights and announcements from staff members.

Embracing Diversity in the Beer Biz

The question of diversity in beer comes up again and again. Admittedly, it’s not an easy topic to navigate, both factually and emotionally. With the groups under the diversity umbrella representing multiple factions including ethnicity, …More

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Craft Beer Politics: Election Results

After a long election season, we finally have an answer regarding the direction our country has chosen to head. And, as I discussed in my previous post, Florida correctly predicted the winner of the presidential …More

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5 Reasons Why the Majority of Congress Supports CBMTRA

Last week, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), legislation championed by the Brewers Association, received its 51st sponsor in the Senate, Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. A few days later she …More

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Travelocity Debuts New Beer Tourism Index

Beercations Are Booming Beer tourism is a big deal. We estimate that in 2014, more than 10 million people toured small and independent craft breweries. That’s a lot of brewery tours. Just search “beercations” and you’ll …More

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Brewer Delivers Important Message to the Media

Prior to the Friday session of the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF), the Brewers Association hosted a press conference. On behalf of small and independent craft brewers and the Brewers Association Board of Directors, Scott Metzger shared …More

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The Value of Legislator Brewery Visits

Last week Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) visited Union Craft Brewing in Baltimore, and Representatives Crescent Hardy (R-NV) and Steve Chabot (R-OH) visited Big Dog’s Brewing in Las Vegas. They toured the production facilities, met with …More

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Dissecting Craft Brewer Data

So much has changed in the world of America’s small and independent craft brewers since I became the Brewers Association (BA) craft beer program director in 2007. The segment has grown exponentially as the total …More

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