Foreign markets thirsty for America’s craft beer


America’s craft beer industry isn’t just taking away market share from Budweiser, Miller and Coors. It’s starting to impact brewers in other countries as well.

Craft beer export volume was up by 35.7% in 2014 for a total of $99.7 million, according to the Brewers Association, the trade group for American independent craft brewers.

“Small and independent brewers are spreading the culture and community of craft beer around the globe,” said Bob Pease, CEO of the group. “Beer drinkers internationally are embracing the innovation and flavors offered by American craft brewers.”

Brazil showed the biggest surge of interest in American craft beer, with year-over-year export growth to the country surging 64%. The Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan) saw a 38% increase. Western Europe was up 37% and Canada and Japan both posted 32% jumps.

In terms of total consumption, Canada took in the most beer – some 53% of all total…

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Craft brewers now produce 1 out of every 10 beers sold

I am so hipster.


American craft brewers now produce about one out of every 10 beers sold in the United States, according to new data from the Brewers Association, an industry trade group.

Craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels last year, according to the group — an increase of 18% in terms of volume. Small and independent brewers now command 11% of the total beer market, the first time ever the small rivals were able to claim double-digit market share. (The Brewers Association defines craft brewers as those that produce less than six million barrels annually and can’t be owned or controlled by a big conglomerate).

“With the total beer market up only 0.5% in 2014, craft brewers are key to keeping the overall industry innovative and growing,” said Bart Watson, chief economist at the Brewers Association.

The craft beer industry — led by Sam Adams producer Boston Beer [fortune-stock symbol=”SAM”], Sierra Nevada…

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Peanuts May Lower Cardio Death Risk – Medpage Today

Nut (predominantly peanut) consumption is inversely related to all-cause and especially cardiovascular mortality in African-American and Chinese men and women.

The inverse association of nut consumption and mortality is unrelated to baseline metabolic conditions.

It’s a cardiovascular intervention that literally costs peanuts.

via Peanuts May Lower Cardio Death Risk | Medpage Today.

This is great news.  My unique preference for peanut butter and pancakes turns out to be scientifically heart healthy given my ethnicity.  More peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Pad Thai with crushed  peanuts, spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Update 03.04.15

I ate a mini peanut cup last night.  The jar of dry roasted peanuts was moved from the cupboard to my office.  I have absolutely zero guilt.  It’s for my heart.