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Ducey signs craft beer bill at Four Peaks Brewing Co.

- The Republic

Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 1030, the Arizona Beer Bill, which allows microbrewies to expand.

The bill-signing took place at Four Peaks Brewing Co., a Tempe microbrewery that makes Kilt Lifter Scottish-style ale, 8th Street Pale Ale and other popular brews.

America’s Beer Distributors Applaud Continued Growth for Craft Beer

Kathleen Joyce - - NBWA News

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) – which represents the interests of America's 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors – applauds America's craft brewers for their continued growth and entrepreneurial spirit, which adds energy and excitement to the American beer industry.

According to data released this week 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 Beer Is Booming, but Brewers See Crossroads

Ian Mount - - The New York Times

When the term microbrewery had scarcely entered the vocabulary, Rich Doyle saw possibilities. Almost three decades ago, he became a co-founder of the Boston-based Harpoon Brewery, which has grown into the 12th-largest craft beer maker in the country.

Last July, with a stake of at least 40 percent in the business, he sensed it was the moment to make another move. He asked his partners to bring in an investor so the brewery could buy faltering competitors. And when they declined, he cashed out.

Tapping Change

David Eisenberg - - Brewbound

For many small breweries, taprooms provide an imperative part of the business equation, inventing additional revenue streams while creating invaluable marketing opportunities.

In fact, there has been an industry-wide recognition of that prospect, according to Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewers Association, who argues that the manufacturer/taproom has even superseded the brewpub as a preferred business model.

Arizona's Craft Beer Industry Growing Rapidly

Zachary Ziegler - - Arizona Public Media

Beer has been called the common man's drink, but the growth of the craft-beer industry in Arizona is anything but common for industry in the state.

Big beer brewers such as Anheuser-Busch and Coors Brewing still dominate beer sales across the country, while local brewers have managed to find a chink in the armor of beer's biggest producers.

Nielsen: Hispanic Millennials Present Big Opportunity for Craft

David Eisenberg - - Brewbound

It's hardly news that craft beer is incredibly popular among the millennial demographic. But considering that this consumer base, at least by Nielsen measures, consists of anyone born between 1977 and 1994, it can be hard to market to them armed with that information alone.

As such, the bulk of Thursday's "Power Hour" conference call, hosted by the Brewers Association, was spent further dissecting this demographic, specifically highlighting the untapped potential there is in the Hispanic population of young drinkers.


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