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It’s likely the craft beer industry has reached its growth peak and will continue dealing with its overcrowded market. Pic: Getty/Picnote

US craft beer slows while spirits take off

By Beth Newhart

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) has released a new report on machinery and automation trends among breweries and distilleries, who are scaling back on production goals and diversifying offerings to stay competitive.

Drinkers are now more drawn to experience-based locations for their alcohol consumption than typical bars with no extra incentives. Pic: ©GettyImages/David Prahl / EyeEm

Experiential drinking bolsters craft beer sales

By Beth Newhart

After the boom and subsequent plateauing of craft beer sales in the US, on-premise experiential drinking establishments are managing to draw in new customers. Brewpubs, taprooms and game-based bars all saw a surge in popularity in 2018.

MillerCoors wanted to terminate its brewing partnership with Pabst for 'financial reasons.' Pic:istock

Pabst Blue Ribbon and Schlitz saved by MillerCoors settlement

By Beth Newhart

After months of legal drama and a two-week trial between Pabst Brewing Co. and MillerCoors, the two beer giants settled a lawsuit last week. Pabst had alleged that MillerCoors, who brews and packages most of Pabst’s products, was attempting to put it...

New public funding will positively impact the entire hop industry. Pic: ©GettyImages/SarapulSar38

New funding granted to USDA-ARS for hops research

By Beth Newhart

The Brewers Association (BA) announced late last week that a grant of $900,000 has been awarded to the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) for the 2018 fiscal year in support of hops research.

Craft beer review: US highlights for 2017

Craft beer review: US highlights for 2017

By Rachel Arthur

Today, 83% of Americans live within 10 miles of a local brewery. The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association for US craft beer, looks back on the highlights of 2017 for the craft beer industry.

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Guest article

Brewery sanitation: 5 tips for brewers looking to clean up their act

By Adam Serfas, president, R.S. Quality Products

You’ve heard it before: the alcohol in the beer kills any germs. For a while now, this notion has been treated as being more or less adequate safeguarding for brewers as far as food & beverage safety inspectors were concerned. But, the times they...

Soft drinks and non-alcoholic beer: are the battle lines being drawn?

Dispatches from Canadean International Beer Strategies Conference, Amsterdam

Soft drinks and non-alcoholic beer: are the battle lines being drawn?

By Rachel Arthur

Non-alcoholic beer is no longer seen as a product for abstinence but as a positive choice. And as consumption occasions grow and overlap those of soft drinks, experts suggest big soft drink players will have an increasing interest in the category. 

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