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Big Beer mashes craft brews: Our view

USA Today Editorial Board - - USA Today

The proposed merger of the two largest beer companies in the USA and the world, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, is getting barrels full of attention. Perhaps too much. Most antitrust experts say the merged company would be required to preserve competition by spinning off SABMiller's American assets, including the Miller and Coors brands.

Beer market is vibrant, growing: Opposing view

Bob Tallet, Anheuser-Busch - - USA Today

The U.S. beer market is thriving with more than 4,000 brewers, more than any other beer market in the world.

Craft beer growth has accelerated over recent years and has exploded over the past five years, offering beers in a wide variety of new styles and flavors to suit the taste and occasion of every beer drinker in the country.

American lager brands, such as our Budweiser and Bud Light, remain the most popular beers, but craft brands are now estimated to be 11% of the beer market and growing. Competition and craft beer are alive and well in the beer marketplace.

A beer bill fit for all

Bob Pease & Jim McGreevy - - The Hill

Beer has been a dynamic industry in America for centuries. Today, there are more than 4,000 breweries in the country, the highest total since the 1870s. The beer industry creates jobs, supports other businesses and pours billions of dollars into the economy.

But an outdated tax code is placing an undue burden on this industry and could become a barrier to growth.

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act gives brewers the needed capital infusion to invest in their companies and boost production in order to meet consumer demand and invest in product innovation giving consumers more choice when ordering their favorite alcohol beverage.

America’s Beer Distribution Industry Recognizes Economic Impact of Its Workforce This Labor Day

Kathleen Joyce - - NBWA News

As Americans prepare to celebrate Labor Day, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is recognizing the men and women of the beer distribution industry whose work positively impacts the nation's economy.

NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser said, "From truck drivers to fork lift operators and from sales representative to graphic artists, America's beer distribution employees work day in and day out to make this the best beer market in the world for everyone."

"With more than 3,700 breweries in operation across the United States today, independent distributors are delivering more beer varieties and brands to the marketplace than ever before," Purser added. "Because of distribution employees who drive the beer trucks in local communities, fill the beer coolers at corner stores and deliver new tap handles to neighborhood pubs, consumers can choose from an unparalleled variety of beer – from familiar domestic brands to intriguing imports and exciting new products from local and small craft brewers. That's something we can all celebrate!"

National Survey Finds Americans Overwhelmingly Support the Current System of Alcohol Laws and Regulations

Danielle Duchesne - - Center for Alcohol Policy

ALEXANDRIA, VA – According to a bipartisan national poll commissioned by the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP), the American public overwhelmingly supports the current system of alcohol regulation in the U.S. Additionally, the current regulatory system for alcohol is viewed by Americans as necessary to keeping the public safe.

"Americans recognize and agree that when it comes to a unique product such as alcohol, regulation is vital, and they support the states' ability to set their own laws and regulations around alcohol," said Mike Lashbrook, the Center's executive director. "Additionally, this national survey shows that consumers are highly satisfied with the choice and variety available to them in the American marketplace."

Report: Arizona beer has an economic kick, too, in terms of jobs, taxes

Nihal Krishan - - Cronkite News

When Rob Fullmer, the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, says "everything is improved by the presence of a brewery," he's talking about the economic buzz it brings and not the alcoholic kind.

"Anytime you can put a business between two breweries, you'll see a much more foot traffic in that area, and you'll see a real benefit to your employees," said Fullmer – not to mention "the lunches and happy hours."

New industry-generated numbers appear to back up that claim that beer brings economic growth and prosperity.

A recent report by the National Beer Wholesalers Association said the beer industry in Arizona – from brewers to drivers to bartenders – had an economic output of almost $4.3 billion in 2014, generated more than $800 million in federal and state taxes and was responsible for 38,627 jobs in the state.

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