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Craft Beer: The 3 Biggest Threats to the Industry

Sean Williams - - The Motley Fool

The old adage states that "nothing goes up forever," but the craft beer industry would prefer to have you think otherwise.

Since the late 1970s, microbreweries have been popping up like weeds across the country, with some eventually blooming into national brewers. In fact, the number of breweries in the U.S. has exploded from just 89 in the late 1970s to 2,538 as of 2013, according to the Brewers Association. At the current double-digit growth rate, we may have more than 6,500 breweries in this country by 2025.

With this rapid rise in craft beer interest, it has to be asked whether this growth is sustainable, or if we're entering a "craft beer bubble."

Legal Marijuana Could Give a Buzz to Beer, Analyst Says

Matthew Boyle - - Bloomberg

Beer has no need to fear weed.

The legalization of medical marijuana has helped beer sales, contrary to previous research that pointed to a decline, according to a note from Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Trevor Stirling. Recreational pot use in Colorado and Washington, the two states where it's legal, has so far not had a "significant impact" on beer, he said.

Beer 101: Big changes are brewing

Ben Rooney - - CNN Money

Big changes are brewing in the beer business. Pour yourself a cold one, we'll fill you in on the details.

Wine execs concerned about growth of craft beer, specialty spirits

Bill Swindell - - THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

While the California wine market continues to prosper in an era of drought and consolidation, a new survey shows top Golden State vintners remain concerned about the future of the $23.1 billion industry, especially among the discerning millennial market.

Beverage Industry Coalition Representing all Three Tiers issues Release

Jeff Solsby, WSWA - - Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – A diverse coalition of organizations representing all three tiers of the U.S. beverage alcohol industry is urging Congress to fully fund the Obama Administration's $101 million request for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

New Study Explains How Alcohol Regulation Prevents Counterfeit Alcohol in the United States

Danielle Duchesne - - Center for Alcohol Policy

CHICAGO, IL – Former Chief Counsel for the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Robert M. Tobiassen today released a new report, "The 'Fake Alcohol' Situation in the United States: The Impact of Culture, Market Economics, and the Current Regulatory Systems," at the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Seventh Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

As part of a panel on "Counterfeit Alcohol: A Global vs. United States Perspective," Tobiassen described the study's analysis of "the numerous incidents of fake alcohol products in countries around the... read more

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