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Industry News

We Proudly Partnered With The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild To Enact SB 1030, The Arizona Beer Bill

Steve Barclay, BWDA Executive Director - - Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona

Microbrewery restaurants provide great jobs

In March of 2014, BWDA and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild reach an historic agreement to move forward together on Arizona legislation in 2015: the Arizona Beer Bill, which allows for continued growth and competition in the craft beer industry for the benefit of our entire state and region.

 Since then, we worked tirelessly to educate Arizona lawmakers... read more

Craft brewers eye merger of A-B InBev and SABMiller warily

Lisa Brown - - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As the combination of the world's two biggest beermakers moves closer to completion, craft brewers remain worried about the implications of competing against an even larger rival.

The merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, announced last fall, has already gained antitrust approval from the European Union, Australia and other countries. Regulatory approval in the United States is drawing near, according to Reuters. If the sale is finalized, Belgium-based A-B InBev would control about 29 percent of beer sold worldwide.

What the craft beer acquisition trend means for the industry's future

Carolyn Heneghan - - Food Dive

As 2015 came to a close, Anheuser-Busch InBev purchased three craft breweries in five days, and a handful of other major brewers made their first craft brewery acquisitions in 2015. With this much action surrounding craft beer, it's clear that major brewers — and the rest of the industry — recognize that the entire landscape of beer manufacturing in the U.S. is shifting.

With dozens of craft beer transactions and even more rumors surfacing in the past year, U.S. beer manufacturers are in for a shift in the overall beer landscape. Whether they distinguish their brands from craft beer or jump on the acquisitions trend, manufacturers will contend with the inevitable growth of craft, as beer industry players say this acquisition spree has only just begun.

America now has more breweries than ever. And that might be a problem.

Fritz Hahn - - Washington Post

It was a startling announcement: As of Dec. 1, 2015, the Brewers Association had counted 4,144 breweries in the United States, the most ever operating simultaneously in the history of the country. According to historians, the previous high-water mark of 4,131 was set in 1873.

The new number includes giant Budweiser, artisan Dogfish Head and your neighborhood brewpub. Although beer industry observers have known this day was coming, the pace of growth was explosive: At the end of 2011, there were 2,033 breweries, or fewer than half as many as now. In 2005, there were only 1,447. And 25 years ago? The Brewers Association, a trade group for small and independent breweries, logged a mere 284 in 1990.

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