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Boulder, CO • December 9, 2014—As the year draws to a close, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—looked back on how craft brewers fared in 2014.

“It’s remarkable to see how beer has evolved in the past century. Year over year we’re seeing tremendous growth in the craft beer sector and 2014 proved that craft beer is moving into the mainstream,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Consumers are making a conscious choice to buy and try the plethora of options produced by small and independent craft brewers.”

Of note in 2014:

  • U.S. brewery count returns to historic levels. In November, the United States passed the mark of 3,200 brewers in the country and the number of brewery licenses reached the highest ever, topping 4,500 in the first sixth months of the year. Thirteen states (CA, CO, WA, OR, MI, NY, PA, TX, FL, WI, IL, NC, OH) now have more than 100 breweries each.
  • Breweries are opening at a rate of 1.5 per day. In addition, there are more than 2,000 breweries in planning.
  • Craft brewers were the growth point in the overall beer industry. Through June of 2014, craft brewers enjoyed 18 percent growth by volume. Numerous data channels are showing continuing double-digit growth for craft in the second half of the year.
  • India Pale Ales (IPAs) remained the most favored craft beer style. According to retail scan data, IPA is up 47 percent by volume and 49 percent by dollar sales, accounting for 21 percent volume share of craft and 23 percent dollar share of off-premise beer sales. Additionally, the style was the number one entered category at the Great American Beer Festival®.
  • Variety packs had a strong year with craft beer lovers. Retail data also indicates that variety packs are up 21 percent by volume and 24 percent by dollar sales, equating to nine percent volume share of craft and seven percent dollar share.
  • Craft beer appreciators are becoming as diverse as craft beer itself. Data indicates that 38 percent of households bought a craft beer in the last year versus 29 percent in 2010. Additionally, women consume almost 32 percent of craft beer volume, almost half of which comes from women ages 21-34. Hispanic populations are demonstrating increased craft engagement as well.

“More and more breweries will spur innovation, meaning there will be even more offerings on hand for beer geeks and beginners to enjoy,” Watson added. “Not to mention more opportunities to explore and support local breweries, which has a profound impact on the economy at the regional, state and national level.”

Note: Figures are a compilation of data provided by the Brewers Association, Symphony IRI and Nielsen. The Brewers Association will release a comprehensive annual analysis of craft brewer production in March of 2015.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Friday, America’s beer distributors will celebrate the 81st anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, which repealed Prohibition and established today’s effective system of state-based alcohol regulation.

On December 5, 1933, Prohibition ended in the United States when 36 states (a three-fourths majority of the then 48 states) ratified the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, ending 13 years of Prohibition and granting each state the primary authority to enact and enforce alcohol laws.

new video jointly produced by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Wholesale Beer Association Executives explains the history of America’s state-based regulatory system, the three-tier system and the regulatory, economic and commercial value of independent beer distributors in promoting public safety and access to market for brewers of all sizes.

NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser said, “For more than 80 years, Americans have benefited from a system of state-based alcohol regulation that balances robust competition with local social norms and community desires. Today, consumers of legal drinking age have access to thousands of different brands and styles of beer – from small regional craft brews to large multinational labels and imports from around the world – all delivered through a safe, transparent and accountable system.”

“America’s modern system of alcohol distribution works to protect the public and provide consumers with unparalleled choice and value,” Purser continued. “The one-size-fits-all federal ‘solution’ of Prohibition proved to create more problems than it solved – like the growth in organized crime and an underground black market for alcoholContrast that to the 21st Amendment, which recognized that alcohol is a unique product best controlled by individual states and provided a solution that continues to be effective today.”

“America’s 3,300 independent, licensed beer distribution facilities – and the 130,000 men and women working in the industry – are proud to partner with states as part of this time-tested system,” Purser added.

According to the economic impact report America’s Beer Distributors: Fueling Jobs, Generating Economic Growth & Delivering Value to Local Communities, America’s independent beer distributors fuel more than 345,000 direct and indirect jobs, add $54 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and offer far reaching benefits to brewers, retailers, consumers and government agencies at all levels.

To view the full reportstate by state data and to download an infographic of the report’s key findings, please visit www.nbwa.orgClick here to view data on the economic impact of beer distributors on the United States as a whole.

Press Release: It’s the Most Wonderful Time for Craft Beer

November 18, 2014

CraftBeer.com Spreads Holiday Cheer with Winter Seasonals  Boulder, CO • November 18, 2014—To help ring in the holiday season, CraftBeer.com—the Brewers Association (BA) website for beer lovers—released a list of winter seasonal craft beers produced by BA members. “Winter seasonals embody the spirit and flavors of the holiday season,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program director of the […]

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Press Release: Brewers Association Publishes Beer & Food Course

October 21, 2014

—Free Online Curriculum Enhances Use of Craft Beer in Culinary Education— Boulder, CO • October 21, 2014 –To better integrate craft beer into culinary curriculums, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—published the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course. Co-authored by chef Adam Dulye, Brewers Association culinary consultant and Julia Herz, craft beer program […]

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Press Release: National Beer Wholesalers Association Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors Officers

October 6, 2014

Maryland Beer Distributor Eric Best to Lead Association’s Efforts on Behalf of America’s 3,300 Licensed, Independent Beer Distributors  ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is proud to announce its Board of Directors officers for the 2014-2015 term. Eric Best, general manager/partner of Bob Hall LLC in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, takes the helm as chairman of the […]

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Press Release: J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. Named 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year

October 4, 2014

  Windy City Distributing, LLC and Maletis Beverage Also Recognized for Exceptional Efforts to Market, Promote and Sell Craft Beer DENVER, CO – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) are pleased to announce that J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. of Tampa, Florida, has been selected as the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year. The award, now in its […]

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Press Release: Beer Industry Opportunities, Effective System of State-Based Alcohol Regulation Highlighted at NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention

September 30, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Eric Best, general manager/partner of Bob Hall LLC in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, assumed the position of 2014-2015 chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) at the association’s 77th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. As chairman, Best will help guide the association as it advocates for licensed, independent beer distributors […]

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Press Release: Beer Distributors Recognized for Outstanding Service to Industry and Local Communities

September 30, 2014

Public Affairs and Political Action Awards Presented at NBWA 77th Annual Convention NEW ORLEANS, LA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) honored several industry leaders today during NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention taking place September 28 – October 1 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NBWA Public Affairs Award recognizes outstanding efforts to advocate for and promote the […]

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Press Release: NBWA 77th Annual Convention Celebrates Local Beer Distributor Contributions in Communities Across the Country

September 29, 2014

Day One Focuses on Regulatory, Commercial and Economic Value of Distributors  NEW ORLEANS, LA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) kicked off the first full day of its 77th Annual Convention today at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. NBWA’s outgoing Chairman of the Board Greg LaMantia spoke about recent changes in the industry noting, “Change can be good. That’s exactly why today’s […]

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Press Release: Beer Distributors Recognized for Outstanding Service to Industry and Local Communities

September 29, 2014

Life Service and Industry Service Awards Presented at NBWA 77th Annual Convention NEW ORLEANS, LA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) honored several industry leaders today duringNBWA’s 77th Annual Convention taking place September 28 – October 1 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NBWA Life Service Award is presented to beer distributors who have dedicated a […]

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