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Brewers Association Reports Revenue Declined 64.9% in 2020

Brewers Association Reports Revenue Declined 64.9% in 2020

The Brewers Association (BA) ended 2020 with an operational net loss of $3.5 million, according to its 2020 stewardship report, which the organization released today. “No one was immune to hardship in 2020, including the Brewers Association,” president and CEO Bob Pease wrote in a note opening the report.

Brewers Association’s State of the Industry: Overall Alcohol Consumption Steady; Premiumization Persists

Brewers Association’s State of the Industry: Overall Alcohol Consumption Steady; Premiumization Persists

Brewers Association (BA) chief economist Bart Watson this week delivered his annual state of the industry report virtually for the second time, due to the 2020 cancellation and 2021 postponement of the Craft Brewers Conference, now slated to take place this fall. In 2020, the nation’s 8,764 craft breweries posted a 9% decline in beer volume, so Watson delved into the market forces and consumer trends that led to the first volume decline recorded in BA history during a webinar for members.

Brewers Association: Craft Production Declines 9% in 2020 Amid Pandemic; Number of Breweries Tops 8,700

Brewers Association: Craft Production Declines 9% in 2020 Amid Pandemic; Number of Breweries Tops 8,700

The COVID-19 pandemic put hard times on the U.S. craft brewing industry in 2020, as production declined for the first time in the modern craft era, the Brewers Association (BA) announced today. The number of barrels produced by craft breweries had steadily grown in recent years, from 24.3 million barrels in 2016 to a peak of 26.3 million barrels in 2019.

Great American Beer Festival Competition to Go Forward in 2021 Despite Postponement of In-Person Event Until 2022

Great American Beer Festival Competition to Go Forward in 2021 Despite Postponement of In-Person Event Until 2022

The consumer-facing, in-person Great American Beer Festival tasting event will not take place for a second consecutive year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brewers Association (BA) announced today. However, the competition that accompanies the festival will go on as planned this year, while the in-person event is slated to return in 2022 for GABF’s 40th anniversary.

Brewers Association Shares 2020 Rankings of Top 50 US Craft Breweries By Volume

Brewers Association Shares 2020 Rankings of Top 50 US Craft Breweries By Volume

The Brewers Association (BA) released its annual top 50 rankings of craft breweries by beer sales volume in 2020. Although there was some jockeying for position, the top of the list remained largely unchanged, with D.G. Yuengling & Son, Boston Beer Company and Sierra Nevada holding down the top three spots again.

Press Clips: Oregon Bill Would Make State Excise Tax Highest in US; Perishable Tax Credit In Senate Bill

Press Clips: Oregon Bill Would Make State Excise Tax Highest in US; Perishable Tax Credit In Senate Bill

Oregon lawmakers are considering a tax hike on alcoholic beverages that would increase taxes on malt beverages by $70 per barrel. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in the early hours of Saturday, February 27. The bill includes a $25 billion fund for grants for bars, restaurants and breweries.

NielsenIQ: Craft Beer Dollar Share Online Nearly Twice In-Store Share

NielsenIQ: Craft Beer Dollar Share Online Nearly Twice In-Store Share

Consumers spent $97 million on craft beer through e-commerce in 2020, which accounted for 24% of all beer category dollar sales online. In brick-and-mortar stores, however, craft beer makes up 12.6% of all dollar sales. In fact, craft has the second largest dollar share behind flavored malt beverages (32%), which include hard seltzers.

Restaurants Act Introduced in Congress; Breweries Would Be Eligible for Grants

Restaurants Act Introduced in Congress; Breweries Would Be Eligible for Grants

A new version of the Restaurants Act, which would provide $120 billion in grants to bars and restaurants, was introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on February 4. The bill now includes “brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms, and licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products,” the Brewers Association said.

Brewers Association Asks Can Manufacturers Institute for More Transparency Amid Aluminum Can Shortage

Brewers Association Asks Can Manufacturers Institute for More Transparency Amid Aluminum Can Shortage

The Brewers Association (BA) is urging the Can Manufacturing Institute (CMI) to ensure that small and independent craft brewers have access to aluminum cans amid the years-long inventory crunch beverage producers are now facing. In a letter to the CMI, BA president and CEO Bob Pease painted a dire picture for the nation’s nearly 8,400 craft brewers. “These businesses will simply not survive that long without cans,” he wrote.