The Brewers Association (BA) is proud to fund grants in support of BA member breweries. Supporting research that aligns with member priorities ensures a sustainable and profitable future for U.S. small and independent breweries.

Craft Beer Research and Service Grants

The Brewers Association accepts research and service grant proposals annually.

Due to budget reductions related to the the pandemic, the Brewers Association’s Craft Beer Research and Service Grants program has been put on hold for 2021. Please check back for information about the 2022 application timeline.

Since 2015, over 90 projects have been funded by the BA, amounting to a total investment of more than $2 million. In 2020, 13 grants were funded, totaling almost $400,000.

Funding priorities include hop and malt research, safety and sustainability-related projects, however all projects will be considered for funding by the BA Technical Committee. In recent years BA funding has supported research and service grants for public barley and hop variety development, hop disease and hop aroma, as well as supporting affiliated national and state-level grower organizations. Projects which appeal to more than one area in particular are welcome. For example, development of hop or barley grower best practice guidance, based on resource use analysis to improve sustainable growth.

Sustainability priorities include (but are not limited to):

  • Understanding best practices and payback in hop and barley production which enhance soil sequestration of GHGs
  • Bench marking malt house water and energy utility intensity rates
  • Comparative study of the quality outcomes of hops packaged and stored in recyclable alternatives to mylar foils over time
  • Model likely shifts in North American barley and hop production regions, and likely economic outcomes, due to climate change, and given ongoing crop industry research and breeding efforts that address changing climate


Supply Chain priorities include (but are not limited to):

  • Deeper understanding of Thiol chemistry in hops, including flavor outcomes of bound versus free thiols, and biotransformation of bound thiol to free thiol
  • Develop indexes for yeast strain potential to cause biotransformation of hop oil components
  • Nitrates in hops: cone nitrate concentration and sensory outcomes related to fertility timing and amount
  • Breeding 2-row winter and spring barley varieties for all-malt brewing
  • Assessing long-term production risk to barley and hop crops related to climate change; understanding and measuring the benefit of ongoing geographic spread of those crops
  • Identifying practical markers to replace dry matter values for rapid, accurate assessment of hop maturity and harvest timing
  • Investigating the biotransformation of hop oil unsaturated fatty acids into methyl esters, by variety
  • Investigating the wild yeast species Wickerhamomyces anomalous, including its ubiquity in barley and malt and the brewery (especially package filling areas and equipment), and identifying effective sanitizers


Draught Beer Quality priorities include (but are not limited to):

  • Validate or disprove current draught line cleaning recommendations found in the Draught Beer Quality Manual
  • Assess the impacts of various materials and components used in draught systems
  • Identify the components in varying craft beer styles that contribute to the development of biofilm in draught beer lines

Draught Beer

The BA welcomes your proposals for research or in answer to any BA-initiated request for proposals (RFPs). For additional information read Research and Service Grants Proposal Guidelines.

Please note BA policy does not allow Institutional Overhead, Indirect Costs (“IDC”) or Facilities and Administration (“F&A”) charges on grant funding provided by BA. Read the BA Research and Service Grant Funding Policies.

Diversity and Inclusion Event Grants

The Brewers Association is proud to fund event grants in support of local and regional events that intentionally promote and foster a more diverse and inclusive craft beer community. Funding priorities include events that increase access and awareness of craft beer to new demographics while cultivating an inclusive environment, however all events will be considered for funding by the BA Diversity Committee.

* Due to budget reductions related to the the pandemic, the Brewers Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Event Grants program has been put on hold for 2020. Our previously announced 2020 recipients have been notified that they will not receive their previously scheduled funding. The Diversity and Inclusion Events Grant program is scheduled to resume in 2021 and any 2020 recipients who apply and plan to host their event in 2021 will be given preference for funding.

Any inquiries related to this program can be directed to Ryan Farrell –


Possible Event Proposals:

  • Beer festivals
  • Beer and food pairing events
  • Agricultural fairs and celebrations
  • Ethnic and cultural heritage festivals
  • Neighborhood and community celebrations
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation festivals
  • Film festivals

For additional information read the Diversity and Inclusion Event Grant Proposal Guidelines.

2021 Application Timeline:

  • Coming soon

The application window for the 2020 calendar year funding is now closed.