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According to the Brewer's Association, the craft beer industry had $652 million worth of economic impact in 2014. Vermont, the national leader, has 9.4 craft beer makers for every 100,000 adults.

The proliferation of craft breweries is also good for business, the brewers said.

On July 1, MS craft breweries and beer enthusiasts will celebrate the passing of House Bill 1322, which will "authorize small craft breweries to sell light wine or beer they produce on the premises of the brewery".

Craft beer's share of the total market, however, increased only slightly to a record 12.3 percent of total volume (and 21.9 percent in dollars). "With the craft breweries wanting to have limited craft brewery sales, we wanted to maintain the integrity of the three-tier system as much as possible".

Despite the slowed growth, Watson still expects the number of craft breweries to rise, especially with more in planning and several underserved states where the market took longer to develop.

"That bill would. make us the second-worst craft brew state in the country", said Don Vetter, a spokesperson for the Nevada Craft Brewers Association. After a brewery hits that threshold, law requires that they use a distributor. "As craft brewers, we should accept it".

"Small and independent brewers are operating in a new brewing reality still filled with opportunity, but within a much more competitive landscape", Bart Watson, the Brewers Association's chief economist, was quoted as saying. The old regulation allowed only 500 barrels per year. "Having those growth rates in an industry of this size is impossible going forward".

"It's a disaster for us", said John Marino is the founder of Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte.

Key Brewing will hold a rally Tuesday to stop legislation they say hurts Maryland breweries.

The two-year Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program at Olds College now has about 60 students enrolled.

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A bill making its way through the Nevada Legislature aims to limit brew pubs in Nevada to two locations and would shrink the amount of beer they can sell to customers.

While there is a decrease in craft beer consumption across the nation, despite the rising number of craft breweries, the four panelists did not see anything dire affecting their business.

"MJ and I are living the dream-which I have to remind myself sometimes because what we're doing definitely isn't easy, even with the experience we both have", says Silva, who originally hails from San Luis Obispo.

Silva Brewing officially opened its doors in December 2016 and has released 10 different recipes to date.

"Currently some of these are open at times of bars, which I think is quite improper", Branch said.

"You have to handle the downside sometimes as well as the upside", Yuengling said.

Nystedt wants her business to continue growing.

"There's no such thing as brand loyalty anymore", he said. For example, in 2016, craft brewers provided nearly 129,000 jobs across the US, an increase of almost 7,000 jobs since 2015. While the company had previously said that it would brew Guinness Blonde Ale and new, experimental beers in Maryland, it also wishes to offer Guinness Stout, Harp and Smithwick's, which are brewed in Ireland.

Petersen said the partnership with Pabst allows New Holland to grow its chain sales team immediately from one person to 50 people, which will allow it to do "an order of magnitude" more than what it had in the past.



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