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Hop Take: Stop Changing the Definition of Craft Brewer

Hop Take: Stop Changing the Definition of Craft Brewer

On Tuesday, the Brewers Association proposed changing some of its bylaws — including redefining what constitutes a “craft brewer.” (Again. The BA has updated its definition two other times.) In an email, the BA wrote the proposal was not “because” of Boston Beer, but is “related” to Boston Beer. In other words, it’s all about Boston […]

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Hop Take: Founders Under Fire for Alleged Racism, Homophobia

Hop Take: Founders Under Fire for Alleged Racism, Homophobia

Founders Brewing is being sued for racial discrimination. Former employee Tracy Evans says he was fired as a result of an attempt to make a formal complaint to human resources regarding incidents of racist behavior, including employees using racial slurs and the alleged existence of a “white guy printer” and “black guy printer” in the Founders […]

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Mapped & Ranked: The States With the Most Craft Breweries in 2017

Mapped & Ranked: The States With the Most Craft Breweries in 2017

Craft beer has grown from a subculture into a multimillion-dollar industry with more than 6,000 small and independent American brewers at last count. The diversity of the genre spans privately owned brewpubs, regional labels with cult appeal, and fledgling empires distributed nationwide. We analyzed data gathered by the Brewers Association (BA) to explore the concentration […]

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Craft Beer Was Built on an Us-Versus-Them Ethos. Now It’s Tearing Us Apart.

Craft Beer Was Built on an Us-Versus-Them Ethos. Now It’s Tearing Us Apart.

In July 2008, the Seattle microbrewery Elysian made a special beer for the 20th anniversary of Sub Pop Records, the influential local record label that had launched the careers of Nirvana and Soundgarden. The pale ale was called Loser, a sarcastic term of endearment at Sub Pop, whose higher-ups were more interested in artistic integrity […]

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Hop Take: The Brewers Association Hates Big Beer but Loves Big Business

Hop Take: The Brewers Association Hates Big Beer but Loves Big Business

Last week, the Brewers Association (BA) announced that Buffalo Wild Wings will be an official sponsor of this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF), one of the largest beer festivals in the country. As part of the deal, B Dubs will have its own branded pop-up sports bar at GABF. At first glance, beer industry members […]

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Hop Take: Craft Beer Needs to Start Thinking Globally

Hop Take: Craft Beer Needs to Start Thinking Globally

The Brewers Association (BA) published its annual Industry Review in the New Brewer this month. Among its takeaways is that 24 of the top 50 craft brewing companies didn’t grow last year. They didn’t grow the year before, either. Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, Rogue, and Green Flash are among the beer companies that saw their […]

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Hop Take: Craft Beer Wants You All to Itself

Hop Take: Craft Beer Wants You All to Itself

Beer is losing market share to wine and spirits! Beer is the biggest alcohol category by far! Both are true, and both come from the same report. Wait, what? Michael Uhrich, chief economist at the Beer Institute, presented a number of fascinating and at times conflicting trends for the beer industry in a series of […]

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Hop Take: FDA Calorie Counters Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Craft Beer

Hop Take: FDA Calorie Counters Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Craft Beer

After more than a decade of threats, the Food and Drug Administration is now enforcing menu labeling requirements for U.S. restaurants. Effective May 7, the new law requires restaurants with 20 more locations to post calorie counts of everything they serve, including alcohol. Alcohol was originally exempt from the rules, Paul Gatza, Brewers Association director, […]

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