Putting the BA’s mid-year report into perspective

The Brewers Association (BA) released their mid-year report on the state of craft beer in America and—no real surprises—craft breweries have sustained continual growth in the marketplace.  The broad strokes of the BA’s study: In one year, craft breweries sold an additional 1.6 million barrels of beer (9 million this time last year, 10.6 million […]

The Best of the Best: DOTW’s GABF Superlatives

It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for the Great American Beer Fest to arrive… and just like that, it’s gone.  The Denver off the Wagon crew had a great time at all 4 sessions.  We came, we drank, we conquered… and we saw many of our loyal readers in the process.  Perhaps we even […]

Know Thy Beer – Oktoberfest

As the Great American Beer Festival approaches (7 days!), I’ll be highlighting some of the beer styles you are likely to encounter and what makes them unique.  Today we’ll be covering Oktoberfest-style beers (separated into two sub-categories). This is what the Brewers Association says about the two variations of Barley Wine-Style Ale in their Competition Style […]

Brewers Association Reports 2011 Mid-Year Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers

Dollar growth up 15% in first six months of 2011; U.S. sees rapid growth in breweries in planning Boulder, CO • August 8, 2011 – The Brewers Association, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has released strong mid-year numbers for America’s small and independent craft brewers¹. Dollar sales were up 15 percent […]

GABF Sells Out in 7 Days

A fun note from Paul Gatza, Brewers Association Director: When the Great American Beer Festival sold out of tickets last decade, those final ducats would sell onsite in Denver. Then a couple years ago sellouts started occurring in September and then August. Other division and department managers looked at me as if I was crazy when I […]

GABF Tickets on Sale for AHA and BA Members

Great American Beer Festical 2011 Denver

The big event is getting closer. If you’re a member of the American Homebrewers Association or Brewer’s Association, you can now purchase your tickets to the Great American Beer Festival. Reasons to get tickets during the Members-only pre-sale: Access to the members-only entrance, meaning a shorter wait in line Access to the members-only session on […]

American Craft Beer Week 2011 (May 16 – 22) Denver Roundup

[Skip to the event list] American Craft Beer Week is in two weeks. While many of us live the American Craft Beer Life™, this is a week when all of America joins us in celebrating craft beer. Spearheaded by the Brewers Association and organized by pubs and breweries around the country, thousands of beer newbies, […]