Category Archives: Beer Industry

Beer Business Daily: Beer is 1.5% of National Gross Domestic Product

From this morning’s issue: BEER ROCKS THE NATION ECONOMICALLY As you may know, every other year the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers’ Association commission a study to show the vast economic impact the beer industry has on the … Continue reading

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We live in interesting (beer) times. Isn’t that an old Chinese curse or something?

From Craft Business Daily just now: SABMiller has bought London’s biggest craft brewer, Meantime, for an undisclosed sum, marking their foray into the UK craft market. The acquisition is expected to be completed by early June, when Meantime will be … Continue reading

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“Craft vs. Crafty.” It’s not going to go away.

A major beer company executive called out the Brewers Association at the opening session of the annual Beer Summit today: “Don’t Bash Beer!” <P>Use this link to read the whole story from, then come back here and let’s get … Continue reading

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“Beer styles beyond lager.”

Many a beer geek is chuckle/chortling over this story all around the internets today… Hold the chaser. MillerCoors is bringing a dash of hard liquor to the beer market by introducing a brew flavored with a hint of bourbon…. Miller … Continue reading

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A veteran beer industry observer has some thought-provoking predictions for craft brewers in 2014. What do you think?

The items below are culled from the annual January predictions published in Beer Business Daily, Harry Schuhmacher‘s highly respected beer industry newsletter. Harry, like any predictor, has his hits and his misses when everything is totaled up at each year’s … Continue reading

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Who said this?

“The high end is where craft shines,” he said. “But high end does not equate to high ABV. Craft breweries’ beers average 5.7 percent ABV, a lot closer to the light lager flagships than to the 12 percent average wines … Continue reading

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This will push your buttons.

Miller/Coors top guy Tom Long today, as quoted in Beer Business Daily: “Craft drinkers drink light beer at a significant pace…. This notion of pure drinkers [in each segment] is less and less a real factor [as drinkers today are … Continue reading

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The news isn’t here, it’s over there.

As is my wont now and then, I have posted some recent news in the local beer world that is of interest to me and, I hope, to you, at the Beer Yard site. As most of you should know … Continue reading

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News that make you want to guzzle antifreeze.

A year after launching Bud Light Lime-A-Rita, Anheuser-Busch is rolling out a new flavor extension, Straw-Ber-Rita. The new entry will be available in 12-packs of eight-ounce cans, four-packs of 16-ounce cans, or in 24-ounce cans. The 8%-abv flavored malt beverage … Continue reading

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No magic password.

In their February newsletter, the fine folks at Merchant du Vin weigh in on “craft vs. crafty” and similar matters with some thought-provoking input: The aromas, flavors, and tactile experience of great beer are a pleasure, a real enhancement to … Continue reading

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