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2019 Consumer Trends
Total dollar sales over the last 52 weeks rung in at more than $35 billion, up 1.8 percent from the previous year, while total volume sales were down...
2019 Trends in Craft
Craft beer in 2018 was largely defined by consolidation. While the consolidation of craft brands is not a new story, the past year saw many brands...
2019 Restaurant Trends
2018 was another solid year for restaurants, continuing a trend of mild yet steady growth. Using data from the National Restaurant Association (NRA...
The Hop Report: Trending Hops for 2019
You can make beer without hops. However, the odds of making good beer without hops are not incredibly high. Hops are inextricably entwined with the...
Tertiary Beer Businesses Are Booming, Photo Courtesy Taco Mac
Speculation about the craft brewing industry’s inevitable demise has been a real nucleation point for some people, but I’m here to say that this talk...
Up Close with Musician and Beer Man Bruce Dickinson, Photo Courtesy Flickr Campus Party Brasil
In the world of beer, it’s not uncommon to find folks from all backgrounds who are on their second or third careers. But few people can lay claim to...
Are There Too Many Craft Breweries?
If someone asked you "are there too many craft breweries in America," what would you say? Do you agree/disagree/don’t know? I would probably ask, “...
The Almighty Trappist Ale
Few beers remain holier in the eyes of the drinker than Trappist ales. Revered for their heavenly attributes, these beers find beauty in simplicity,...
Jim Koch of The Boston Beer Co. on 10 Years of Brewing the American Dream
In the past few decades, few industries have epitomized the spirit of American entrepreneurialism like craft brewing. In times of recession, brewing...

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