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Craig A. Purser, President & CEO, NBWA - - US News & World Report

To the Editor:

The May 27, 2015 article "Just like foodies, beer geeks slake their thirst by hitting up the brewery next door" rightly points out that craft beer is growing exponentially because of consumers eager to try new brews and brewers excited to make new flavors, styles and labels of beer; however, there is a third reason for the explosion in craft beer. America's 3,300 independent beer distributors who invest in new brands, promote them in markets far and wide, and deliver them to bars and stores often hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of miles away.

It's because of the unique American system of beer distribution that the U.S. saw more than 600 new breweries open last year, according to the Brewers Association. It's because of this system that craft brewers continue to see double digit growth as a segment year after year and pierced the 10 percent volume mark in the U.S. for the first time this past year.

Craft Beer Struggles to Keep It Local, Raising Questions for the Loyal

Jason Notte - - Main Street

NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Local production has been a cornerstone of U.S. craft beer — one that craft's growth may undercut.

According to a Nielsen report issued this year, 53% of beer consumers ages 21 to 34 cite local production as important in choosing what beer they buy, compared with just 45% among all drinkers over 21. Among those same 21- to 34-year-olds, 32% say locally produced beer has only become more important to them over the past few years, compared with just 22% of all 21-and-over beer drinkers who've reached the same conclusion.

Bart Watson, chief economist at the Brewers Association craft beer industry group, felt this information was not only worth touting, but points out that 75% of Americans 21 and older now live within 10 miles of a brewery. There are now more than 3,400 licensed breweries in the United States contributing to a $19.6 billion craft beer industry, according to the Brewers Association. There are another 2,000+ on the way.

A locavore following is great for all of those brewers, right? Kind of.

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.

Bar Fight

Dave Infante - - Thrillist

WE LOVE CRAFT BEER. We love craft beer, craft beer loves us, craft brewers love each other, and all is well forever and ever. Amen. That's the prayer, and it's been working. Craft beer is ubiquitous, from Michelin-starred restaurants to grimy dive bars. Its enthusiasts are voracious, educated, curious. And its brewers have managed, even amid the torrid growth, to maintain their binding spirit of independence, ingenuity, and kumbaya all-for-one-ism unseen with other businesses. Examples abound. Boston Beer Company has helped upstarts get loans and wholesale hops; breweries like Stone Brewing, Dogfish Head, Allagash, and Cigar City have collaborated on beers; and most companies have just generally been willing to lend a hand when duty calls.

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

Microbrewery restaurants provide great jobs

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... read more

Center for Alcohol Policy Marks Alcohol Awareness Month

Danielle Duchesne - - Center for Alcohol Policy

This April, the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) joins organizations across the country in recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign recognized by the U.S. Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to raise awareness of the problems that alcohol abuse can cause for individuals, their families and their communities.

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