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Independent Beer Distributors Celebrate American Craft Beer Week

Kathleen Joyce - - National Beer Wholesalers Association

America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributorsare celebrating the excitement that entrepreneurial brewers bring to the beer industry and consumers during American Craft Beer Week, May 15-21, 2017.

According to data released this March by the Brewers Association (BA), craft brewers – as defined by BA – continued steady growth last year as American craft beer production volume increased 6 percent on a comparable base, representing 12.3 percent market share by volume of the overall beer industry. Craft brewers saw a 10 percent increase in retail dollar value, representing 21.9 percent market share. The data also indicate that craft brewers produced 24.6 million barrels of beer in 2016.

Additionally, the BA reported that in 2016 the number of operating breweries in the U.S. grew 16.6 percent, totaling more than 5,000 breweries. As defined by the BA, small and independent breweries account for 99 percent of the breweries in operation.

“LAST CALL FOR CRAFT BEER”? HARDLY

James B. Arndorfer - - MillerCoors Blog

Give Jim Koch points for consistency.

He’s built Boston Beer Co. from an industry upstart to an establishment player that is losing share and drinkers to a new generation of craft brewers. But along the way he hasn’t outgrown a penchant for taking shots at competitors.

His latest salvo appeared in a New York Times op-ed titled, provocatively, “Is It Last Call for Craft Beer?

National Beer Day: How Beer Gets the Economy in High Spirits

Mrinalini Krishna - - Investopedia

Every year, Americans consume copious amounts of beer. While per capita consumption has been holding steady, the number of people of legal drinking age has increased, and imports are up, as well as domestic production. Here's a more detailed look at the beer economy:

How much beer does America drink?

Recent data from the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) shows that last year, out of all alcohol consumed per capita by the more than 237 million Americans of legal drinking age, nearly half was beer. Americans consumed 2.86 billion cases of beers last year. Statistically speaking, every person of drinking age in the country accounted for nearly 2.5 gallons of alcohol, of which 1.24 gallons was for beer, 0.39 gallons was for wine and 0.87 gallons was for hard liquor.

America’s Beer Distributors Recognize National Alcohol Awareness Month

Kathleen Joyce - - National Beer Wholesalers Association

Throughout the month of April, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) will be recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month, as highlighted by the U.S. Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to raise awareness about alcohol abuse.

"Alcohol is a unique product that is not for everyone," said NBWA President Craig Purser. "National Alcohol Awareness Month is an appropriate time to recognize that alcoholic beverages need to be effectively regulated to help combat abuse and to ensure they do not end up in the hands of those under the legal drinking age."

NBWA Applauds Steady Growth for Craft Beer

Kathleen Joyce - - National Beer Wholesalers Association

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), which represents the interests of America's more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributors, applauds America's craft brewers for their continued growth and entrepreneurial spirit, which adds excitement to the American beer industry.

The Brewers Association (BA) released data today showing that craft brewers, as defined by the BA, continued steady growth last year as American craft beer production volume increased 6 percent on a comparable base – representing 12.3 percent market share by volume of the overall beer industry – and saw a 10 percent increase in retail dollar value, representing 21.9 percent market share. The data also indicate that craft brewers produced 24.6 million barrels of beer in 2016.

Why the Craft Beer Battle Just Moved to China

Matthew Heimer - - Fortune

When I moved from New York to Chicago in 2011, I didn't realize that I was relocating to what was about to become the Silicon Valley of craft beer. As of last month, there were 172 independent breweries in Chicago and its suburbs, according to beer blog The Hop Review. And if that sounds a little insane to you, keep in mind that (a) Chicago winters are really, really long, and a hoppy IPA can really take the edge off; and more importantly (b) the craft-beer industry is arguably the biggest start-up success story of this century that doesn't involve the Internet.

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