It's no longer just "dry January" – sales of nonalcoholic beverages skyrocket

Jan 18, 2022
Much of the boost has to do with wellness, but it also has to do with cost.
Sales of nonalcoholic beverages have spiked as people are becoming more health- and cost-conscious.
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Building a Black-owned brewery through the pandemic

Oct 13, 2021
Teo Hunter of Crowns & Hops Brewing is creating a brand that can be "a case study to what it means to be accomplishing racial equity."
Teo Hunter, left, and Beny Ashburn, the founders of Crowns & Hops Brewing. Said Hunter: "Our goal was always to give something beautiful, something that was indicative of Black and brown excellence, to the community."
Courtesy Beny Ashburn

Beverage companies angle for the new "it" drink

Aug 3, 2021
PepsiCo selling Tropicana and Molson Coors nixing 11 beers are the latest signs the industry is trying to adapt to ever-changing tastes.
PepsiCo plans to sell Tropicana and other juices to a private equity firm as beverage companies court younger consumers.
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Why the founders of Crowns & Hops are running a brewing company with a mission

Aug 24, 2020
"This absolutely is about racial equity," said Teo Hunter, COO of Crowns & Hops Brewing Co.
Teo Hunter, left, and Beny Ashburn, the founders of Crowns & Hops Brewing. Said Hunter: "Our goal was always to give something beautiful, something that was indicative of Black and brown excellence, to the community."
Courtesy Beny Ashburn

Craft brewers cut down carbon dioxide pollution during COVID-19

Jul 7, 2020
Capturing carbon is expensive, so most brewers usually just release the gas into the atmosphere. That's changing during the pandemic.
One thing that’s driving breweries to capture their own carbon dioxide is that right now some suppliers don’t want to bother with low-volume customers.
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Retail beer sales are up but that's not cutting it for many craft breweries

May 27, 2020
Smaller brewers often don't have enough of a retail presence to offset loss of sales in bars and restaurants.
A brewery in Washington, D.C. seen in 2019. One brewery owner said about 40% of his brewery’s revenue comes from selling kegs to bars and restaurants.
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Craft spirits and craft brewers compete for thirsty consumers

May 9, 2019
It's a hard-fought battle for market share.
A customer sips on a glass of craft beer at a California brewery.
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The craft beer industry may be a model for us all

Jan 25, 2018
The business is booming. And the reason may have to do with regulations.
The number of breweries in the U.S. expanded by a factor of six between 2008 and 2016, says Derek Thompson of The Atlantic.
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What you learn when you spend a year drinking beer

Oct 26, 2016
Kai Ryssdal talks with Lucy Burningham about her new book, “My Beer Year”.
Lucy Birmingham, author of 'My Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers and Fanatical Drinkers as a Beer Master in Training.'
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Help Wanted: beer historian

Jul 29, 2016
The Smithsonian Institution is hiring a beer historian and the gig comes with a $65,000 paycheck.
Men in their traditional Bavarian clothing clink beer mugs on the second day of the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienhoehe on Sept. 21, 2014 in Munich, Germany.
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