Brewers Association Reports 11 Percent Volume Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers in 2010

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The Brewers Association, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, today released 2010 data on the U.S. craft brewing industry. Small and independent craft brewers1 saw volume2 increase 11 percent and retail sales dollars increase 12 percent over 2009, representing a growth of over 1 million barrels (31 gallons per U.S. barrel), equal to more than 14 million new craft cases. (more…)

Is Extremism in Craft Beer a Good Thing?

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In 1964, during his acceptance speech as a presidential candidate, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater famously proclaimed that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice…[and] moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” Considering that Goldwater got clobbered by Lyndon Johnson in the election that followed, he obviously misgauged the mood of the nation at the time. (more…)

US. Brew Master: The Craft Brewing Renaissance

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In 1976, there were two craft breweries in America. Today, that number is closer to 1,600. This phenomenon has been dubbed “The American Craft Brewing Renaissance.” (more…)

UK. Craft beer defies downturn

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Locally-brewed craft beers are continuing to defy the economic downturn and the long-term decline in beer drinking, according to a new industry report. (more…)

Illinois Craft Brewers Fight To Protect Right To Distribute

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In the past few years, the nation-wide trend of craft brewing has developed a following of aficionados as zealous, finicky and committed as its counterpart in the wine world — if a little scruffier. The trend has led to an explosion in the number of breweries operating nationwide, up nearly 20 percent in the last five years alone, according to the Brewers Association. (more…)