Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade association. The association is an organization of brewers, for brewers and by brewers. More than 5,261 U.S. brewery members and 46,000 members of the American Homebrewers Association are joined by members of the allied trade, beer wholesalers, retailers, individuals, other associate members and the Brewers Association staff to make up the Brewers Association.


The Brewers Association believes craft brewers deserve a level playing field. The association advocates for you in Washington, D.C., and backs state guilds in all 50 states to ensure that your brewery gets a fair shake.


It matters. With the independent craft brewer seal and supporting initiatives, the Brewers Association brings clarity and transparency to the marketplace, and drives beer drinker awareness of—and preference for—independent beer.

Best Practices

Brewing great beer is just one element of running a successful brewery. The Brewers Association provides best-practice guidance around safety, diversity, sustainability, and more in the Resource Hub to strengthen your business and ensure its long-term health.


The craft brewing community is famous for its collegial nature. The Brewers Association works to build on this cooperative spirit by bringing people together at events like the Craft Brewers Conference® and sharing best practices through The New Brewer®, the BA Forum, and other publications.

Supply Chain Health

Quality ingredients and materials are essential to your livelihood. The Brewers Association invests in scientific research, nurtures relationships with key agricultural partners, and supports policies that ensure access to healthy and sustainable raw materials.

Brewing Excellence

The pursuit of quality is an integral part of 10,000 years of brewing history. We support this tradition by providing educational resources that help brewers refine their craft and deliver consistently delicious beer to their fans.

For more information visit the Brewers Association website at

  • Brewers Association
  • 1327 Spruce St
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • United States
  • (303) 447-0816

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Brewers Association in the News

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Enacted

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act was passed and signed into law this week allowing greater flexibility for small businesses, including breweries. Read More

80% of Craft Breweries Have Received Paycheck Protection Program Loans

More than 80% of craft breweries received funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and many of them are more confident about the future. Read More

Top 50 Breweries Barely Showed Growth in 2019

More than half of the Top 50 Brewers Association-defined craft brewing companies posted volume growth in 2019 that collectively amounted to a 1% increase. Read More

USDA Public Hop Program Welcomes New Breeder

The Brewers Association announced that Dr. Kayla Altendorf joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service public hop research program. Read More

Brewers Association Cancels 2020 Great American Beer Festival

Due to COVID-19, the Brewers Association announced they’ve canceled the 2020 Great American Beer Festival and replaced it with a virtual online immersive experience. Read More

Brewers Association Talks COVID-19 Impact on Beer Industry with U.S. Secretary of Labor

The Brewers Association CEO met with the U.S. Department of Labor to discuss how the federal government can help small breweries amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

California and South Carolina Surveys Show Vulnerable Craft Breweries

A pair of surveys of craft brewery owners in South Carolina and California have revealed the financial pressures that COVID-19 has placed on breweries. Read More

Brewers Association Lays Off 23% of Staff, Reduces Salaries of Management

The Brewers Association laid off 23% of its staff “in order to maintain the long-term viability” of the national trade group, which represents the interests of U.S. craft brewers. Read More

Brewers Association Partners with Bottleshare on “Believe in Beer” Craft Brewery Relief Fund

Brewers Association has partnered with Bottleshare to create the Believe in Beer Fund to support breweries and state brewers guilds impacted by COVID-19. Read More

Brewers Association: Are Americans Drinking More? Probably Not.

News headlines and shared memes would make it seem as if Americans are drinking more while in quarantine but the truth is they’re probably not. Read More

Craft Beer Volume Growth Holds at 4% in 2019

Volume growth for craft breweries in the U.S. held to 4% in 2019 while the overall beer industry’s volume declined 2%, according to the Brewers Association. Read More

Top 50 Brewing Companies by Sales Volume for 2019

The Brewers Association released its annual list of the top 50 producing craft brewing companies in the United States based on beer sales volume. Read More

Potential CO2 Shortage Due to COVID-19

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. and globally has significantly affected the demand and production of manufacturing leading to CO2 capture. Read More

46% of Craft Breweries Say They May Be Forced to Close Within 3 Months

The Brewers Association conducted a second member survey on the effect of the coronavirus pandemic and the results paint a bleak picture for the beer industry. Read More

Brewery Sales Drop Sharply with Many Set to Close

The results of a recent survey show a sharp drop in craft beer sales, massive furloughs or layoffs, and a likelihood of large numbers of brewery closings. Read More

Craft Breweries Could Sell 18 Million Less Cases of Beer in April

Craft beer companies could lose the equivalent of 18 million beer cases in sales if the COVID-19 forced shutdown of on-premise outlets lasts through April. Read More

Brewers Association Offers Temporary Free Memberships

The Brewers Association is offering free temporary memberships to help craft breweries navigate the fallout from on-premise closures due to coronavirus. Read More

Beer Industry Asks for $5B in Federal Aid

Several alcohol beverage producers’ groups wrote to congressional leadership seeking $5 billion in Federal aid to sustain them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

99% of Craft Brewery Businesses Being Impacted by COVID-19

In a study conducted by the Brewers Association, nearly every brewery in the United States is being adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Brewers Association Seeks Congressional Aid for Beer Industry

While U.S. businesses grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the Brewers Association seeks aid from Congress on behalf of the craft beer industry. Read More

President Trump Signs Tax Relief Extension for Alcohol Beverage Companies Into Law

President Donald Trump signed into law a tax extender package that includes the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. Read More

Senate Passes Extension of Excise Tax Relief for Alcohol Beverage Companies

The U.S. Senate today passed a tax extender package including a one-year extension of the tax relief in the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. Read More

4% Craft Beer Volume Growth “Likely” in 2019

Craft brewers are on pace for another year of low single-digit growth, the Brewers Association announced in its annual “The Year in Beer” review. Read More

U.S. Beer Shipments Could Drop to Lowest in Decade

The number of U.S. brewing companies is at an all-time high, but domestic beer production will likely hit a decade-low before the calendar flips to 2020. Read More

Two-Thirds of Voters Support Extending Excise Tax Relief for Brewers

Recent polling shows 70% of voters support the continuation of federal excise tax (FET) relief for craft brewers and other alcoholic beverage producers. Read More

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Reaches Record 315 Co-Sponsors

A bill to extend federal excise tax relief has garnered a record number of co-sponsors following a day of action by several alcohol industry trade groups. Read More

Massachusetts Craft Breweries Face Closure and Bankruptcy

The last few months have proven tumultuous for a handful of small Massachusetts craft breweries as two closed and another filed for bankruptcy. Read More

Breweries to Host Screenings of First Craft Beer Documentary

The Brewers Association has released its first documentary short, “For the Love of Craft”, which peels back the label of what it means to be a craft brewer. Read More

Brewers Association Shares Brewery Employee Diversity Data

For the first time, the Brewers Association, a trade association that aids craft breweries in many areas is reporting on brewery employee diversity data. Read More

US Senate Task Force Supports Permanent Excise Tax Relief for Brewers

The beer industry’s efforts to make federal excise tax relief for brewers permanent received a boost when a bipartisan congressional task force expressed support. Read More

Brewers Association Reports that Craft Beer Market Growth Steady thru Mid-July

Midway through 2019, the Brewers Association reports the volume of growth for small and independent U.S. craft brewers has remained steady at 4 percent. Read More

Nielsen Poll Reveals 2019 Craft Beer Consumer Insights

During a webinar sponsored by the Brewers Association, market research firm Nielsen presented findings from its newest “Craft Beer Insights Poll”. Read More

Countdown to 2019 Great American Beer Festival Tickets

The countdown is on for your chance to get 2019 Great American Beer Festival tickets. The event runs from October 3rd through the 5th in Denver, Colorado. Read More

Brewers Association To Make July 3rd “National Independent Beer Run Day”

The Brewers Association wants to make July 3rd “National Independent Beer Run Day” with a digital campaign that includes video ads and audio spots. Read More

US House Committee Approves Excise Tax Relief Extension

The US House Ways and Means Committee passed a one-year extension of the federal excise tax relief for alcohol producers and importers. Read More

US House Committee Expected to Extend Brewers Tax Relief

The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to extend tax cuts for alcohol companies with the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019. Read More

Nearly Half Of US States Have At Least 100 Breweries

The number of craft breweries popping up across the country continues to explode and there are now at least 100 breweries in nearly half of all US states. Read More

Shots Fired Between Coors & Colorado Craft Brewers

Molson Coors chairman Pete Coors takes exception to comments made by members of the Colorado-based Brewers Association. Read More