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Revealing the invisible sector of the craft brew industry

Jeremy Martin - - Southwest Michigan's Second Wave Media

These days it's easy to spot a craft beer drinker. They're the ones talking about brewmasters the way other people talk about musicians and athletes. Craft beer drinkers wear T-shirts endorsing their favorite breweries or promoting the craft beer shops they've visited.

Where Will the Industry End the Year?

Lester Jones, Chief Economist - - National Beer Wholesalers Association

When it comes to total volume gains, the fourth quarter can make or break the numbers for the industry. So far in 2014, we have seen progressively improving quarterly volume trends from 2014 Q1 through 2014 Q3. However, a tough 2013 Q4 comp will be a challenge in this last quarter of 2014.

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.


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