Raise Your Glass!

According to an article in today’s The Atlanbeer 150x150 Raise Your Glass!tic Cities (the blog for The Atlantic magazine), America has more craft beer breweries now than at any time since 1887. The Brewers Association says that, in the past year alone, 350 new breweries were added to their roster…and 97 percent of those are craft brewers.

A craft brewer is defined as independently owned with relatively low production, known to “interpret historic styles with unique twists and develop new styles that have no precedent.” This is fresh in my mind since my newly-21-year-old son and his friend spent almost every evening of our recent beach vacation sampling craft beers they purchased by the mix-pack (many liquor stores let you mix-and-match craft beers into a six-pack for sampling). I was stunned at the selection they had to choose from; I had no idea how extensive craft brewing had become.

The top five states for craft breweries are: California (overwhelmingly #1 with 261), Washington (134), Colorado (127), Oregon (121) and Michigan (102). And according to National Public Radio, there is at least one craft brewery in the nation’s capital: the White House kitchen staff brews a honey ale made with honey from the White House bee hive. Apparently, it’s served to the president’s guests and even on Air Force One!

BBB Business Reviews are available for hundreds of brewers, including the followed BBB Accredited Businesses: Beaus All Natural Brewing (Venkleek Hill, Ontario), Big Rock Brewery (Calgary, Alberta), Brewers Distributor (Calgary, Alberta), Brewing Centres (Sydney, Nova Scotia), Fort Garry Brewing (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Four Peaks Brewery (Tempe, AZ), Mike’s Hard Lemonade (Seattle, WA), Molson Coors Canada (St. John’s, Newfoundland), New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO), New Jersey Beer Company (North Bergen, NJ), Odell Brewing (Fort Collins, CO), Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs, CO), Quidi Vidi Brewing (St. John’s, Newfoundland), Right Brain Brewery (Traverse City, MI), Stone Brewing (Escondido, CA), Stoudt Brewing (Adamstown, PA), The Oliver House (Toledo, OH), Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs, CO) and Vancouver Island Brewery (Victoria, British Columbia).

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About Katherine Hutt

Katherine R. Hutt, Director of Communications and Media Relations with the Council of Better Business Bureaus, is an award-winning communicator who has been helping nonprofit organizations tell their stories for the past 25 years. She was a CBBB consultant on numerous projects for more than a decade before joining the staff in 2011.