Industry News

Beer Remains the Preferred Alcoholic Beverage in the U.S.

Justin McCarthy - - Gallup

Americans who drink alcohol continue to say they most often choose beer (40%) over wine (30%) and liquor (26%). Beer has typically been the preferred alcoholic beverage in Gallup's trend.

Congressional Letter Expresses Strong Support for Current Federal and State Systems of Alcohol Regulation

- National Beer Wholesalers Association

On June 27, 2017, a majority of members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a bipartisan letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressing support for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

The letter highlights the value of the American system of alcohol regulation and applauds TTB's work as the primary federal regulator of the alcohol industry. The letter also expresses support for keeping the TTB within the Treasury Department instead of moving it to the IRS.

Anheuser-Busch’s The High End responds to ‘independent craft’ seal

Kate Bernot - - Draft Magazine

Earlier this week, the Brewers Association, a trade group representing small and independent breweries, unveiled its "certified independent craft" seal. The association encourages breweries that meet its definition of "independent" to use the free seal on packaging and marketing materials. It's intended to help those breweries distinguish themselves from so-called Big Beer, or breweries that have sold to larger brewing conglomerates (most notably Anheuser-Busch's The High End division).

BREWERS ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES NEW SEAL TO DESIGNATE INDEPENDENT BEERS

- Brewers Association

In an effort to educate beer lovers about which beers are independently produced, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America's small and independent craft brewers—launched a new seal touting independent craft brewers.

NBWA Statement on 9th Circuit Ruling Upholding California Tied-House Laws

Kathleen Joyce - - National Beer Wholesalers Association

Today, an en banc panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued its opinion in Retail Digital Network's suit against a California law prohibiting beverage alcohol manufacturers and wholesalers from providing anything of value, directly or indirectly, to retailers in exchange for advertising their alcoholic beverages.

NBWA and Beer Institute Announce U.S. Beer Industry Contributes $350 Billion to Economy and Creates 2.23 Million Jobs

Kathleen Joyce - - National Beer Wholesalers Association

From brewers and beer importers to beer distributors and retailers, the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) today released Beer Serves America, an economic study that highlights how the U.S. beer industry generates more than 2.23 million jobs, providing $103.3 billion in wages and benefits to American workers and families.

Economic output, job data and tax contributions per state can be found here: http://www.beerservesamerica.org.

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