It’s been another week of great headlines for the craft beer industry. Today we take a look at the top headlines for both craft beer legislation and growth. Don’t forget, if you find a headline you think is worthy of highlighting, just let us know via our email, [email protected] or twitter, @CraftBevJobs.
Craft Beer Growth
2014: A Great Year For Craft Beer
2014 Was Another Great Year For American Craft Beer [Infographic], by Niall McCarthy – Forbes
This week, Forbes published a great infographic illustrating the growth of craft beer in the United States for 2014. Its numbers are based on the Brewers Association.
By the close of last year, of the 3,418 craft breweries in the U.S., 1,412 were brewpubs, 1,871 were microbreweries and 135 were regional craft breweries. 115,469 people were employed in small brewing jobs in 2014.
Family Friendly Craft Breweries See Growth
Many craft breweries in Ohio embrace younger audience: babies and toddlers, by Rick Armon, Akron Beacon Journal (Norfolk Reflector)
Today’s brewpub is not your Dad’s bar scene by a long shot. Its not unusual to see babies, toddlers and the family dog running around as Mom & Dad enjoy a refreshing craft beer.
Many craft brewers are welcoming babies and toddlers and even encouraging parents to bring them along.
Craft brewers have realized that today’s 35 yr old doesn’t want to change their lifestyle just because kids have come into the picture. Providing them an environment where they can still enjoy craft beer AND bring the family is a win-win. There are even websites now, such as PintswithHalfpints.com, that lists family friendly breweries in Washington and Oregon.
This family friendly attitude is just another reason the craft beer industry continues to see growth in the United States.
Craft Beer Legislation
Illinois Craft Brewers Excited For New Craft Beer Legislation
New bill allows for craft brewery growth, by Dustin Duncan – The Southern Business Journal
There is a new bill sitting on the desk of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and craft brewers are chomping at the bit for his signature to make it law. On June 9th, the bill passed the House, giving the Governor 60 days to take action.
This new craft beer legislation increases the production for craft breweries to 120,000 barrels per year. Currently breweries who own multiple types of breweries are restricted to 30,000 barrels. This has hurt man craft breweries trying to keep up with the demand for craft beer in Illinois.
It certainly gives us all the space we’ll ever need to do whatever we want to do within the state. – Ken Rhude, Little Egypt Beer
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