Craft beer gets ‘small’: Breaking down the Brewers Association’s 2016 growth report

The Brewers Association (BA) released its annual craft beer statistics report Tuesday morning, outlining the latest data on craft beer production and its overall market share in the beer category. One of the takeaways? Craft beer is growing steadily, but getting “smaller.” Let’s dig into the data to uncover what this means. The U.S. saw … [ Read more]

The U.S. reaches the 5,000 brewery mark in 2016

It’s official—the United States has over 5,000 breweries in operation. The record-setting number comes from the Brewers Association’s Year in Review released its year in review on December 5. In December 2015, the country’s brewery count hit a historic high of 4,144 breweries, surpassing the previous mark of 4,131 set in 1873. Since last year, over 800 new craft breweries have … [ Read more]

Ladies, here’s why you should want to be a craft beer drinker

No more staring into the beer aisle longingly. No more second-guessing when ordering something off the draft list. No more caring about what others think when you have a pint in your hand. I’ll let you in on a secret I learned during my week at the Craft Brewers Conference: The data shows that the … [ Read more]

Minnesota craft beer by the numbers

With so much Minnesota-made craft beer out there today, it’s no wonder the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild (MCBG) sets aside 10,000 minutes each year to celebrate it. 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer begins today, Monday, May 9 and runs through Sunday, May 15, with more than 175 special events and tappings taking place throughout … [ Read more]

By the Numbers: The 2015 Great American Beer Festival

The Great American Beer Festival has come and gone, but the craft brewers that took home medals from the competition are still coming down from their Rocky Mountain highs. Beer drinkers and fellow brewers look to the GABF competition results as a barometer for which states are up-and-coming, which breweries should be on the radar, … [ 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]