American Homebrewers Association

Beer…By the Numbers

  • Participants in the 2016 American Homebrewers Association Big Brew event: more than 12,000.
  • Establishments that hosted Big Brew events in 2016: 483.
  • Cities on this year’s Sierra Nevada “Beer Camp on Tour”: 8.
  • Breweries collaborating with Sierra Nevada on this year’s event: 12.
  • Beer’s share of Boston Beer Company’s beverage production in 2010: 88.9 percent.
  • Its share of Boston Beer Company’s beverage production in 2016: 57.2 percent.
  • Twelve-ounce beers in a “keg” (half-barrel) of beer: 165.
  • Growlers in a keg: 31.
  • Beer stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska (population 9) last year: 4.
  • Beer stores in Whiteclay today: 0. Their licenses were revoked by the state.
  • Cans of beer sold in Whiteclay last year: 3.5 million. Most are bought by Native Americans living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which is dry.
  • Japan’s legal drinking age: 20.
  • Japanese brewing industry’s recommended minimum age for actors in beer commercials: 25.
  • Mexican beer’s share of the U.S. import beer market: 70 percent.
  • Mexican beers among the 7 top-selling brands in the U.S.: 2 (Corona Extra and Modelo Especial).
  • Homebrewers Respond to Bud’s Super Bowl Ad

    During Super Bowl 50, Anheuser-Busch Inbev ran an ad called “Not Backing Down”, in which it asserted that making Budweiser is “NOT A HOBBY.”

    Gary Glass, the director of the American Homebrewers Association, wasted no time firing back at A-B. His post on the AHA’s blog, contained this rebuttal:

    The hobby of making beer is usually done in small batches at home by passionate beer lovers. Budweiser is made in massive automated factories (not what I would consider “brewed the hard way,” as suggested by a Budweiser ad aired during last year’s Super Bowl)—it’s actually about as far from a hobby as you can get. As homebrewers, we brew beer because we love beer with full flavor and by brewing beer ourselves we can hone in on the flavors we like most. And beyond that we can experiment and create new beer flavors that no one has tried before. Budweiser is the antithesis of homebrew: beer that’s made to be as light in flavor as possible and to never change.

    How the GABF Came to Be

    Last night, the 34th Great American Beer Festival came to an end. There wouldn’t have been a 34th GABF, or even a first one, had it not been for Charlie Papazian—and, perhaps, an event called “Beer and Steer”.

    Beer and Steer, organized during the 1970s by Papazian, was annual beer party, held in the foothills above Boulder, Colorado. Homebrewers and beer enthusiasts gathered there each year to swap beers and recipes, and enjoy roasted meat and good company. Partiers brought down snow from higher elevations to keep the beer cold.

    Each year the party grew more elaborate and more popular, forcing Papazian and his fellow organizers to limit it to 400 attendees.

    The experience Papazian gained from Beer and Steer proved invaluable when he founded the American Homebrewers Association. He invited industry professionals to the National Homebrewers Conference, turning a low-key competition into an industry event. Papazian next launched the GABF, which gave aspiring craft brewers an opportunity to meet professional brewers and learn how to scale up their own operations while maintaining quality.

    Want to Win GABF Tickets?

    As you probably know, tickets to this year’s Great American Beer Festival sold out in minutes. However, the American Homebrewers Association is offering some lucky winner a trip for two to the festival. The prize includes tickets to all sessions, plus airfare and three nights’ hotel stay.

    To enter the drawing, join the AHA or renew your membership this month and use coupon code “GABF14″ when checking out.

    Tomorrow, Take Part in The Big Brew

    Every year, on the first Saturday in May, the American Homebrewers Association celebrates National Homebrew Day with the AHA Big Brew.

    Hundreds of bars, breweries, shops, and clubs across the country will take part in a national, same-day homebrewing session. And at noon Central time, homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise a glass of homebrew in a simultaneous toast to the more than 1.2 million Americans who brew their own beer.

    Beer…By the Numbers

  • Breweries operating in the U.S. at the end of June 2013: 2,538 (98 percent of which are craft breweries).
  • Breweries in planning at the end of June 2013: 1,605.
  • People employed by craft breweries: 108,440.
  • Low-end beer’s share of the Chinese market: 85 percent.
  • Cost of a bottle of Tsingtao beer in Beijing: $0.32 U.S.
  • Cost of a bottle of Budweiser in Beijing: $0.96 U.S.
  • SAB Miller’s share of Colombia’s beer market: 98 percent.
  • Its share of Peru’s beer market: 94 percent.
  • American Homebrewers Association membership as of June 30: 38,347.
  • Percent increase over last year: 16.2.
  • India pale ales entered in last year’s Great American Beer Festival: 203 (the number-one category in number of entries).
  • Imperial IPAs entered last year: 128 (the number-two category).
  • Alcohol’s current share of America’s food budget: 13 percent.
  • Alcohol’s lowest share of America’s food budget since 1890: 5 percent, during the early years of Prohibition.
  • Its highest share since 1890: 20 percent, during the early 1890s.
  • Some Like it Hoppy

    For the 11th straight year, Zymurgy magazine asked members of the American Homebrewers Association to vote for their favorite commercial beers. One again, homebrewers expressed a preference for hoppy beers, with India pale ales and imperial IPAs dominating the leaderboard. This year’s top five were Russian River Pliny the Elder, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Bell’s Hopslam Ale, and Ballast Point Sculpin IPA.

    Stone Brewing Company and Russian River Brewing Company each had five beers in the top 50, followed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company with four. Boston Beer Company had the best portfolio of beers, with 40 of their products earning votes from AHA members.

    It’s Mead Day

    Today is Mead Day, a celebration first organized ten years ago by the American Homebrewers Association. Mead is the world’s oldest fermented beverage, and truly can be called a legendary beverage. The AHA’s website offers mead recipes and tips on how to celebrate Mead Day.

    Seattle to Host Homebrewers’ Conference

    This year’s National Homebrewers Conference will take place in Seattle the weekend of June 21-23. The conference, put on by the American Homebrewers Association, will feature a keynote address by Charles Finkel, the founder of Seattle’s Pike Brewery; a banquet and award ceremony featuring Sean Paxton,”The Homebrew Chef”; and appearances by dozens of professional brewers, beer experts, and writers. This year’s National Homebrew Competition has attracted 7,800 entries in 28 style categories, making it the largest such competition to date.

    Beer…By the Numbers

  • Cheapest beer in the National Basketball Association: 29.7 cents per ounce (Pepsi Center, Denver).
  • Most expensive beer in the NBA: 38 cents per ounce (United Center, Chicago; Prudential Center, Newark, NJ).
  • People who have “fanned” New Belgium Brewing on Facebook: 400,000.
  • What those fans spent on New Belgium beers in 2011: $50.7 million.
  • New Belgium’s social media investment in 2011: $235,000.
  • Population of Whiteclay, Nebraska: 12.
  • Cans of beer sold in Whiteclay in 2010: 4.9 million.
  • Whiteclay’s distance from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where beer is banned: 250 feet.
  • Damages sought by the Oglala Sioux Tribe from brewers and sellers of beer: $500 million.
  • India’s per capita beer consumption: 1.6 liters per year.
  • Annual beer sales in India: $4.5 billion.
  • Cost of a mainstream beer in India: 95 rupees (U.S. $1.90).
  • American Homebrewers Association membership today: over 30,000.
  • Number of AHA members in 2000: 8,483.
  • Increase in AHA membership since 2000: 254 percent.
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