U.S. hits record-breaking 6,000 breweries in operation

Another year has come and gone, but not without craft beer industry hitting a record-shattering number. The Brewers Association published its end of the year report, announcing that America has passed 6,000 total breweries, with 98 percent of them being small and independent craft brewers. Though the exact total has yet to be revealed, it’s … [ Read more]

Brewers Association, USDA team up to breed disease-resistant hops

Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group,  has reached a deal with the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) to fund a public hop breeding program. The trust agreement would develop disease-resistant hop strains to be released into the public domain, greatly opening up access for growers, buyers, and brewers who were previously working … [ Read more]

Brewers Association releases Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2016 list

The Brewers Association released their annual Top 50 Craft Breweries list for 2016, which ranks America’s breweries by annual production. Three Minnesota craft breweries made the list in 2016. New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing, which opened its new Starkeller in early March, jumped three spots from 27 to 24. Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary … [ Read more]

CraftBeer.com releases list of the best beer bar in every state

The Brewers Association’s CraftBeer.com polls its readers annually in search of the best craft beer bars in America. The list is chock full of the usual suspects from around the country, like Des Moines, Iowa’s, el Bait Shop with their 222 tap lines, ChurchKey in Washington, D.C., and Eugene, Oregon’s, The Bier Stein, where you can choose … [ 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]

Top homebrewers awarded at Homebrew Con 2016

The American Homebrewers Association hosted 3,000 homebrewers at its three-day conference and competition, Homebrew Con, in Baltimore from June 9–11. Homebrew Con culminated on June 11 with the AHA National Homebrew Competition, which saw 7,962 entries from 3,396 homebrewers located in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 13 other countries. The first competition, held in 1979 in … [ Read more]

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]