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Cicerone Certification Program celebrates milestone: 10 years of beer certifications

Cincinnati OH, Jan. 18, 2017 — On Jan. 3, 2008, the Cicerone Certification Program’s online Certified Beer Server exam became available for the first time. That day, 10 people bought and took the program’s first level exam, pioneering a path that has since been followed by more than 90,000 individuals at breweries, wholesalers and retailers […]

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4 Reasons to Execute a Seasonal Beer Program

Boulder CO, Jan. 16, 2017 — Seasonal beers have been a driver of new drinkers, excitement, and innovation in the craft beer segment for 25 years. While 2017 was a tough year for many brands and beer segments, some believe that seasonal beers don’t have the status or importance they once had. Meanwhile, IPAs have […]

By |January 16th, 2018|News|0 Comments

IRI Worldwide: US Beer Sales Exceed $34 Billion in 2017

Watertown MA, Jan. 16, 2018 — U.S. beer volume sales were roughly flat in 2017, according to retail data provider IRI Worldwide.

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On-premise drinking trends favor small producers, ‘differentiated, flavorful’ adult beverages, says Technomic

Cincinnati OH, Jan. 16, 2018 — Drink sales remain a dynamic and important part of the restaurant and bar business, but finding growth continues to be a challenge for operators and brand marketers alike. Slowed consumer traffic at on-premise locations and stagnancy in occasions involving adult beverages translates to flat total alcohol volume in restaurants […]

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Craft beer packaging continues shift to cans over bottles

Cincinnati OH, Jan. 16, 2017 — We know there are more craft breweries canning today than ever. We see all of the press releases announcing so, and we see the extra shelf space devoted to them in our favorite spots to buy craft beer. But all of that is anecdotal. How big is this shift […]

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Hop intelligence: Craft professionals share advice from farming to contracting

Cincinnati OH, Jan. 15, 2018 — The humble little hop cone continues to captivate the craft beer industry — so much so that there are more than 60 varieties on the market today. Hop-forward IPAs are by far and away the most popular choice compared to other craft style categories, and (unfortunately) demand and variety […]

By |January 15th, 2018|News|0 Comments

For the first time, the three best-selling beers in America are light beers. Can craft brewers catch up?

As Budweiser takes a back seat, some craft brewers are leaning into lighter styles.
Washington DC, Jan. 13, 2017 — Is it time for the King of Beers to hand over its crown?

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If We Ever Get to Mars, the Beer Might Not Be Bad

New York NY, Jan. 12, 2018 — Here’s an interplanetary botany discovery that took college students and not NASA scientists to find: Hops — the flowers used to add a pleasant bitterness to beer — grow well in Martian soil.

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By |January 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Hops Recognized as Herb of the Year by International Association

Beer lovers know the power of hops, and now an international herb organization is recognizing this darling beer ingredient as its herb of the year.
Boulder CO, Jan. 12, 2018 — Hopheads, 2018 is your year. The International Herb Association is recognizing hops, which they dub “Green Gold,” as its herb of the year.

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U.S. beverage alcohol volumes decline again in 2017, IWSR reports

Cincinnati OH, Jan. 11, 2018 — Alcohol consumption continues to decline. It’s a sad sign of our times. Just this week, IWSR announced the same thing. IWSR is a leading provider of data and analysis on the global beverage alcohol market, and it just released its initial 2017 category results for the U.S. market as […]

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