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National Survey Finds Americans Overwhelmingly Support the Current System of Alcohol Laws and Regulations

Danielle Duchesne - - Center for Alcohol Policy

ALEXANDRIA, VA – According to a bipartisan national poll commissioned by the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP), the American public overwhelmingly supports the current system of alcohol regulation in the U.S. Additionally, the current regulatory system for alcohol is viewed by Americans as necessary to keeping the public safe.

"Americans recognize and agree that when it comes to a unique product such as alcohol, regulation is vital, and they support the states' ability to set their own laws and regulations around alcohol," said Mike Lashbrook, the Center's executive director. "Additionally, this national survey shows that consumers are highly satisfied with the choice and variety available to them in the American marketplace."

Report: Arizona beer has an economic kick, too, in terms of jobs, taxes

Nihal Krishan - - Cronkite News

When Rob Fullmer, the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, says "everything is improved by the presence of a brewery," he's talking about the economic buzz it brings and not the alcoholic kind.

"Anytime you can put a business between two breweries, you'll see a much more foot traffic in that area, and you'll see a real benefit to your employees," said Fullmer – not to mention "the lunches and happy hours."

New industry-generated numbers appear to back up that claim that beer brings economic growth and prosperity.

A recent report by the National Beer Wholesalers Association said the beer industry in Arizona – from brewers to drivers to bartenders – had an economic output of almost $4.3 billion in 2014, generated more than $800 million in federal and state taxes and was responsible for 38,627 jobs in the state.

Study: Beer companies create 1.75M jobs

Tim Devaney - - The Hill

The beer industry is responsible for more than $250 billion in annual economic impact and the creation of millions of jobs, according to a new industry report.

The Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association issued the report Tuesday during a congressional briefing. It claims that beer companies are responsible for 1.5 percent of the gross domestic product and more than $48.5 billion in taxes.

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.

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