In a column for ABL Insider, NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser writes, "Independent beer distributors and licensed retailers are Main Street businesses that are providing tremendous value in their communities. Today, licensed, independent beer distributors and retailers need to unite with a sense of urgency to be more proactive in educating our employees, our customers, regulators, lawmakers and other influencers about the three-tier distribution system’s regulatory, economic and commercial value."
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The night before Thanksgiving tends to be one of the busiest nights for bars and restaurants. This year Technomic Inc. foresees big sales on-premise for some of the fastest-growing beer brands. With consumers in a celebratory mood, bar and restaurant operators can likely expect a bump in alcohol beverage sales, particularly for the most popular brands, Technomic says.
The cider resurgence, industry experts say, has been happening thanks to the popularity of craft beers, which have made drinkers more willing to try different things. But its sweeter taste and comparable alcohol levels also make it a good alternative to beer, which appeals to women drinkers. Cider makers, however, are now targeting men with drinks that are less sweet and come in masculine packaging, with macho commercials to help drive sales.
The craft beer movement is going strong. From hoppy IPAs to crisp lagers, the breadth of craft beers is vast. For those with gluten issues, a cold, frosty mug of beer could only be enjoyed from afar until recently. Omission Beer is a handcrafted beer with gluten removed.
Top Hops Farm in Atlas Township, Michigan, is a commercial hops farm that's looking to grow in 2015 by building relationships with local brewers and capitalizing on the brewing industry's growth in the state. Witnessing the craft beer industry flourish, Top Hops Farm Owner Sean Trowbridge said, "We decided we'd commit to putting in a commercial amount of hops that would be substantial enough that the brewers could use it and that there could be a supply year-round and not just a couple brews."
The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, even faster than first reported, giving the country its strongest six months of growth in more than a decade.
A major winter storm will likely impact much of the Eastern Seaboard beginning Wednesday morning — the biggest travel day of the year. Whether or not this storm turns into a travel nightmare will depend heavily on where the rain-snow line sets up on Wednesday afternoon — something that has been difficult to pin down thus far.
Because holiday feasts should be more about clinking bottles than cleaning dishes, Draft Magazine's menu is completely beer-infused and easy as pie. A turkey breast instead of a whole bird means less time watching the oven; revamped classic sides keeps the table fresh; and two desserts make a sweet ending to a stress-free spread.