Smithsonian announces new initiative to document brewing history

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced today at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Philadelphia that it will launch a three-year initiative to collect, document, and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers, and the beer industry to explore how the beverage and brewing connect to larger themes in American history. … [ Read more]

Brewers Association releases Top 50 Breweries list for 2015

The Brewers Association (BA) released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Here are the top 10 largest craft breweries in the country: 1. D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc (pictured, above) 2. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard) 3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. … [ Read more]

US beer exports up 16 percent in 2015

Overseas markets are thirsty for American craft beer. The Brewers Association today reported that craft beer export volume increased by 16.3 percent in 2015, now totaling 446,151 barrels worth $116 million. Approximately 80 U.S. breweries ship beer overseas. Growth was seen in all major markets, most notably in Western Europe, which saw a 33.4 percent … [ Read more]

Brewers Association releases 2015 craft beer industry growth statistics

The Brewers Association today released 2015 data on the continued growth of the U.S. craft brewing industry. With more breweries operating in the U.S. than even before, small and independent craft brewers now represent 12 percent market share of the overall beer industry, up one percent from 2014. In 2015, craft brewers produced 24.5 million … [ Read more]

Homebrewers, assemble! Homebrew Con 2016 is June 9–11

The 38th Annual National Homebrewers Conference, which has a snappy, new name this year—Homebrew Con 2016—is heading to Baltimore, Maryland, June 9–11. The conference, “a three-day extravaganza of homebrewing culture, companionship and competition,” is hosted by the American Homebrewers Association and features interactive seminars, workshops, and demonstrations designed for homebrewers and beer enthusiasts of every level. The … [ Read more]

New research finds homebrewers may be able to predict the future

According to a recent study, homebrewers can predict the future. OK, maybe your homebrewing buddy isn’t a mystic seer, but a high number of homebrewers in a state might foretell a surge in new breweries, says Brewers Association chief economist Dr. Bart Watson. After looking at the 6,906 entries from the 2011 National Homebrew Competition … [ Read more]

U.S. Brewery Count is at its highest point ever

The total number of U.S. breweries reached a record level in 2015, according to a year-end review from the Brewers Association. As of the end of November, there are now 4,144 breweries in the country, topping the historic high of 4,131 breweries in 1873. “This is a remarkable achievement, and it’s just the beginning,” Bart … [ Read more]

Date Set for SABMiller, AB-Inbev Merger Hearing

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee announced via press release today that the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s proposal to purchase SABMiller on Tuesday, December 8, at 10am EST. The hearing will examine how the proposed merger of the world’s two biggest beer … [ Read more]

Unleash the winter seasonals

How you feel about winter—just like with most things in life—is all about how you spin it. When you think about Minnesota’s most formidable season, do you think about fluffy, white snowflakes falling peacefully on a quiet December night, or do you think about kicking brown car boogers out of your vehicle’s wheel well before … [ Read more]

The U.S. passes the 4,000 brewery mark, nearing historic record

Last July, we were celebrating the U.S. passing the 3,000 brewery mark on the Brewers Association’s active brewery list. Now, just over a year later, the U.S. has passed the 4,000 active brewery mark. Think about that for a second. That’s 1,000 new breweries in the past 480 days, or a pace of two breweries per day. … [ Read more]

Craft beer production up 16% in 2015

The Brewers Association confirmed this morning what we’ve all known for a while: There is a lot craft beer being consumed in the United States right now. The BA’s mid-year data on the U.S. craft brewing industry showed craft beer production volume increased 16 percent during the first half of 2015, clocking in at 12.2 … [ Read more]

The State of Craft Beer: 5 Things to Watch in 2015

The Brewers Association’s (BA) annual Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & BrewExpo America wrapped up last week in Portland. The conference brought 600 exhibitors, vendors from 11 countries, and more than 11,000 attendees to the Oregon Convention Center, all there to discuss and learn more about the wonderful world of craft beer. During the conference, the … [ Read more]

Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries

The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers, released its annual ranking of the top 50 craft and overall breweries in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Minnesota breweries August Schell Brewing Company and Summit Brewing Company made the craft list at numbers 27 and 28, respectively, and three … [ Read more]

Wet, Hot American Festival: Highs and Lows of the 2014 GABF

The Great American Beer Festival is an overwhelming experience: a cavernous hall in a convention center in downtown Denver packed with 50,000 people and 3,500 beers to be sampled one ounce at a time. It is as all-encompassing as the name suggests; an annual survey of beer in the United States, with MillerCoors and Sam … [ Read more]

American Craft Beer Week: Celebrations in All 50 States

Need another excuse to drink great amazing craft beer every day for a week? Well then, raise a glass to the Brewers Association and toast to small and independent breweries across the country throughout the ninth annual American Craft Beer Week, May 12-18, 2014. A lot has changed in the nine years since the first American … [ Read more]