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Sam Adams is about to be kicked out of the ‘craft beer’ category

Jason Notte - - Market Watch

It required an act of Congress to tell us what a craft beer brewer actually is.

For years, the Brewers Association craft beer industry group offered its definition of a craft brewer, using metrics like barrels of production, percentage of a brewery owned by a non-craft brewer and more "traditional" aspects.

BA and BI Jointly Endorse Tax Reform Bill

David Eisenberg - - Brewbound

The Brewers Association and the Beer Institute issued a joint statement this afternoon in support of a new bill that would restructure the federal excise tax rate on beer, creating a unified front to take on an issue that has for years divided the beer industry's two leading advocacy groups.

The bipartisan Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act – filed by Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI) – is actually a companion bill of the same name filed by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in the Senate earlier this month.

Raise a Glass

Craig A. Purser, President & CEO, NBWA - - US News & World Report

To the Editor:

The May 27, 2015 article "Just like foodies, beer geeks slake their thirst by hitting up the brewery next door" rightly points out that craft beer is growing exponentially because of consumers eager to try new brews and brewers excited to make new flavors, styles and labels of beer; however, there is a third reason for the explosion in craft beer. America's 3,300 independent beer distributors who invest in new brands, promote them in markets far and wide, and deliver them to bars and stores often hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of miles away.

It's because of the unique American system of beer distribution that the U.S. saw more than 600 new breweries open last year, according to the Brewers Association. It's because of this system that craft brewers continue to see double digit growth as a segment year after year and pierced the 10 percent volume mark in the U.S. for the first time this past year.

Craft Beer Struggles to Keep It Local, Raising Questions for the Loyal

Jason Notte - - Main Street

NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Local production has been a cornerstone of U.S. craft beer — one that craft's growth may undercut.

According to a Nielsen report issued this year, 53% of beer consumers ages 21 to 34 cite local production as important in choosing what beer they buy, compared with just 45% among all drinkers over 21. Among those same 21- to 34-year-olds, 32% say locally produced beer has only become more important to them over the past few years, compared with just 22% of all 21-and-over beer drinkers who've reached the same conclusion.

Bart Watson, chief economist at the Brewers Association craft beer industry group, felt this information was not only worth touting, but points out that 75% of Americans 21 and older now live within 10 miles of a brewery. There are now more than 3,400 licensed breweries in the United States contributing to a $19.6 billion craft beer industry, according to the Brewers Association. There are another 2,000+ on the way.

A locavore following is great for all of those brewers, right? Kind of.

5 Points on How the Fair BEER Act Helps Every Brewery in America

Beer Institute - - Talking Points Memo

Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of Senators and Congressmen introduced the Fair Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2015, or Fair BEER Act. This reform legislation creates a graduated tax structure for brewers, simplifying the tax code for the folks who brew America's favorite adult beverage. According to beer industry group the Beer Institute, the federal tax on beer is a major contributor to the total tax burden on beer, with an estimated 40 percent of the retail price of a cold one going toward taxes of various forms.

Here are five key points about the Fair BEER Act:

America’s Beer Distributors Celebrate Craft Beer Week

Kathleen Joyce - - NBWA

America's 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors are celebrating the excitement that new, entrepreneurial brewers bring to the beer industry and consumers across the country during American Craft Beer Week, May 11-17, 2015. During the week, the culture and contributions of local breweries across the United States will be highlighted.According to data released this March by the Brewers Association (BA), craft brewers – as defined by BA – enjoyed continued growth during 2014 as American craft beer production volume increased 18 percent. The data suggested that craft brewers produced more than 22 million barrels of beer last year, constituting 18 percent growth for the segment.

Craft brewers now represent more than 10 percent of the beer volume sold in the U.S. marketplace – the first time the craft segment has reached double-digit volume.

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