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Craft Beer’s Looming Crisis

Lew Bryson - - The Daily Beast

You may want to grab a barstool before you hear this: Craft beer has some very serious issues.
While things certainly seem bubbly on the surface for the category—years of double-digit sales growth have led to a large increase in brands and an overwhelming selection of IPAs, stouts, saisons, and just about every other conceivable type of beer on store shelves—growth is slowing, putting pressure on the industry. What makes matters worse is that breweries are still opening at a rapid pace around the country and unfortunately, many of those bottles on the shelves are old or have gone bad.
And there is also the fact that fruit beers are flooding the market, which is truly a sign of the apocalypse. (Mango IPA, anyone?) This will not end well.

BREWERS ASSOCIATION MID-YEAR METRICS SHOW CONTINUED GROWTH FOR CRAFT

- Brewers Association

Craft brewers are still growing, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. American craft beer production volume increased eight percent during the first half of the year.

America’s Beer Distributors Applaud Continued Growth for Craft Beer

Kathleen Joyce - - NBWA News

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) – which represents the interests of America's more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributors – applauds America's craft brewers for their continued growth and entrepreneurial spirit, which adds energy and excitement to the American beer industry. The Brewers Association (BA) released data today showing that production volume by American craft brewers, as defined by BA, increased 8 percent during the first half of the year.

NBWA Statement on Department of Justice Settlement With Anheuser-Busch InBev Permitting Acquisition of SABMiller

Kathleen Joyce - - National Beer Wholesalers Association

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Department of Justice announced that it has agreed to a settlement with Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) that will permit ABI to proceed with its acquisition of SABMiller.
National Beer Wholesalers Association President and CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement in response:
"The Department of Justice has imposed conditions to this merger – one of the largest deals in history and the largest ever in the beer industry – with the goal of maintaining competition in the beer industry and ensuring the continuation of the robust and competitive independent distribution system. The DOJ recognizes that the American independent distribution system is essential to a competitive marketplace and to providing the vast choice of beer available to consumers. The DOJ's actions go toward ensuring that the U.S. market can remain a 'consumer pull' market through independent distribution, where consumer demand is what determines product choice and variety, and to prevent a 'supplier push' model where consumer choice is reduced.

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