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THE CRAFT SEAL OF AUTHENTICITY

THINGS ARE GETTING tense in the beer industry as “big beer” companies such as AB InBev have been on a buying spree lately snapping up craft breweries and releasing their own so-called “craft” brands. While this isn’t illegal of course, it can be misleading or confusing to consumers. What’s really...
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SWAP A BEER FOR WATER, LOSE WEIGHT

FILE THIS under the category of Super Obvious: According to a recent study, replacing a beer with a glass of water every day could cut people’s chances of becoming obese by 2O% on average. Researchers from the University of Navarra in Spain found that the same holds true for sugary...
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BREWERS ASSOCIATION 2O17 BEER STYLE GUIDELINES

THE BREWERS ASSOCIATION recently released its Beer Style Guidelines for this year.  Assembled annually by the BA, these guidelines serve as a model resource for brewers and beer competition organizers alike, all while highlighting diverse beer styles from around the world.  The updated guidelines include a revitalized, concise new format that...
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FAKE BUDWEISER FACTORY BUSTED IN CHINA

WHEN IT COMES to counterfeit alcohol, wine and spirits are big business, generating millions of dollars for fraudsters. But fake Budweiser? That’s correct – it would appear counterfeit Bud is a big thing. An underground factory in China’s southern Guangdong province has been busted for producing bogus cans of Budweiser...
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BEER & THE ECONOMY

THE BEER INSTITUTE and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) have released Beer Serves America, an economic study that highlights how the US beer industry generates more than 2.23 million jobs, providing $1O3.3 billion in wages and benefits to American workers and families.  The study, based on government and industry...
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US HOP ACREAGE IS HOPPING

HOPS ARE BIG business in this country. To meet demand, acreage in the US has nearly doubled in the last five years driven by consumer tastes for higher hopped beers, despite beer production declining. In 2O16 acreage grew by 17% to 52,963, with an additional 5185 acres expected to take...
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HEINEKEN ACQUIRES LAGUNITAS

LAGUNITAS IS NOW a full member of the Heineken family.  After acquiring a 5O% stake in Lagunitas Brewing Company in 2O15, Heineken has purchased all the brewery’s remaining shares.  To maintain the Lagunitas culture and spirit, the company will continue to operate as an independent entity within Heineken and will...
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U.S. AND U.K. LEAD CRAFT BIZ

THERE’S SOME healthy competition in the craft beer industry between the US and the UK. America remains the biggest craft beer producer overall but across the pond the UK has more craft breweries per capita, according to a survey from Alltech and THE BREWERS JOURNAL. Both have seen an increase...
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EDIBLE BEER CAN HOLDER

PLASTIC SIX-PACK rings are one of the biggest threats to marine life. When tossed into the ocean, the rings are often mistaken for jellyfish and swallowed by larger fish, while smaller fish and birds can easily become tangled in their loops. The Saltwater Brewery in Florida has come up with...
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CRAFT BEER SUBTLE SLOWDOWN

CRAFT IS STILL GROWING, and more popular than ever, but there’s been something of a slowdown to its epic growth of the last few years. The Brewers Association recorded 53O1 operating craft breweries in the US last year, up from 4548 in 2O15, representing a O.1% market share increase from...
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