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The Best Beers We Drank in 2017

For the last round this year of our national retailer beer panels, we asked panelists to recall the best beers they drank in 2017. These reviews include brief tasting notes and a rating. If you’re a...

Why Seasonal Beers Remain Popular and Profitable

Brewers have always tailored their beer recipes to suit the season, our changing menus, the availability of ingredients and the behavior of the brewing process at different ambient temperatures. In another century, it wasn’t...

The State of American Beer in 2017

In a globalized economy, what is an “American beer”? Clearly, if the manufacture, ownership and workforce are all located in the United States, you can select a brand and know you are “buying American.” But...
80th NBWA Annual Convention & Trade Show

Photos from the 2017 National Beer Wholesaler Association Convention

The 80th Annual National Beer Wholesaler Association’s convention and trade show took place last week in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace. Beer distributors and industry suppliers gathered to talk business and network. Below our...

The Fastest Growing Beer Brands of 2016

It's no secret that the overall beer industry has been lagging, as the macro brands continue to lose ground and the craft sector feels the pain of oversaturation and increasing competition. New brands, styles...

Why You Should (And Shouldn’t) Worry About Light Beer’s Future

With all the hype surrounding craft, you could underestimate the appeal of light beer. Despite the category slipping 2.6% in U.S. sales in 2016, light again dominated with 44.5% of the American beer market...

Is There a Craft Beer Slowdown?

Editor's Note: this is part of our series looking back on how the major beer categories performed in 2016. Be sure to check out our review of how imported beers fared in 2016. Is the...

The Fastest Growing Beer Brands of 2016

It's no secret that the overall beer industry has been lagging, as the macro brands continue to lose ground and the craft sector feels the pain of oversaturation and increasing competition. New brands, styles...

What’s Behind the Rise of Heavy Beers

Back in the days when mainstream lager owned the beer market, a persistent urban myth held that Canadian beer—if you could get it—wasn’t like ours. It was really strong. Turns out it wasn’t: their...

Are Millennials Bad for the Beer Industry?

Hard to believe that Millennials might be a problem for the beer industry. After all, it's their curious palates that kick started the craft movement that began with microbrews and then expanded into all other...