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We Proudly Partnered With The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild To Enact SB 1030, The Arizona Beer Bill

Steve Barclay, BWDA Executive Director - - Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona

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In March of 2014, BWDA and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild reach an historic agreement to move forward together on Arizona legislation in 2015: the Arizona Beer Bill, which allows for continued growth and competition in the craft beer industry for the benefit of our entire state and region.

 Since then, we worked tirelessly to educate Arizona lawmakers... read more

5 Points on How the Fair BEER Act Helps Every Brewery in America

Beer Institute - - Talking Points Memo

Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of Senators and Congressmen introduced the Fair Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2015, or Fair BEER Act. This reform legislation creates a graduated tax structure for brewers, simplifying the tax code for the folks who brew America's favorite adult beverage. According to beer industry group the Beer Institute, the federal tax on beer is a major contributor to the total tax burden on beer, with an estimated 40 percent of the retail price of a cold one going toward taxes of various forms.

Here are five key points about the Fair BEER Act:

America’s Beer Distributors Celebrate Craft Beer Week

Kathleen Joyce - - NBWA

America's 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors are celebrating the excitement that new, entrepreneurial brewers bring to the beer industry and consumers across the country during American Craft Beer Week, May 11-17, 2015. During the week, the culture and contributions of local breweries across the United States will be highlighted.According to data released this March by the Brewers Association (BA), craft brewers – as defined by BA – enjoyed continued growth during 2014 as American craft beer production volume increased 18 percent. The data suggested that craft brewers produced more than 22 million barrels of beer last year, constituting 18 percent growth for the segment.

Craft brewers now represent more than 10 percent of the beer volume sold in the U.S. marketplace – the first time the craft segment has reached double-digit volume.

Why Craft Beer Will Be Almost Unrecognizable By The Year 2020

Jason Notte - - Main Street

The folks at the Brewers Association craft beer industry group want a 20% share of the beer industry by 2020. It's how they get to that point that should concern beer drinkers.As the Brewers Association revealed during its Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Ore., last month, craft beer now accounts for 11% of U.S. beer sales by volume and 19.3% of beer sales by dollar value. When the Brewers Association talks about that 20% share in five years, it's looking for volume and doesn't see any reason that kind of growth shouldn't be possible.

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