US Craft Goes Worldwide

Craft beer export volume was
up by 35.7% in the past 12 months or a total
of $99.7 million, 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 a38% 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 exports.
Sweden came in second with 12%. The
United Kingdom accounted for 10%. Australia
and South Korea took the fourth and fifth
spots, while Japan imported less craft than in
previous years. At present, roughly 80 small
and independent craft brewers export their
beers, Total export are less than 2% of the
total amount of craft beer  brewed in the U.S.

Overseas interest  run towards the bigger,
extreme beers of craft makers.

Yuengling Tops Sam as #1

Samuel Adams has lost its spot atop the list of the top U.S. craft breweries. In its place: Yuengling.
Boston Beer Co., which makes Samuel Adams beers, actually shipped 20% more barrels than last
Wyear but what made it slip a notch on the Brewers Association's list of top brewers was a change
in the trade group's definition of what can be considered a craft brewery.

Last year, the Boulder, Colo.-based association announced plans to tweak its criteria. A
"traditional" brewer can now use adjuncts such as corn, rice and syrups to enhance flavor.
Previously, traditional brewers had to use traditional or innovative brewing techniques with the
majority of beers produced with all malt.  D.G. Yuengling & Son of Pottsville, Pa., the nation's oldest
brewery, uses corn, so previously, it wasn't considered in the annual list. Now, it's on top, based on
sales volume, surpassing Boston Beer, which sold 4.1 million of liquid in 2014. (Some of that is
Twisted Tea and other malt beverages that the association doesn't count.) Both breweries fit under
the criteria of "small" brewery as one that produces up to 6 million barrels a year.

Top Fifteen Craft  by sales
1) D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. (Pottsville, Pa.)
2) Boston Beer Co. (Boston)
3) Sierra Nevada Brewing Co (Chico, Calif.)
4) New Belgium Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, Colo.)
5) Gambrinus (Shiner, Texas)
6) Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, Calif.)
7) Bell's Brewery, Inc. (Galesburg, Mich.)
8) Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Ore.)
9) Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, Calif.)
10) Minhas Craft Brewery (Monroe, Wis.)
11) Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
12) Duvel Moortgat USA (Kansas City, Mo. & Cooperstown, N.Y.)
13) Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Del.)
14) Matt Brewing Co. (Utica, N.Y.)
15) Harpoon Brewery (Boston)
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Edited by Jim Attacap
the crossroads of the beer world
Beer Tea Bags

Hop Theory, is a company that is producing
beer-steeping bags. They're basically tea
bags for your beer.  They claim the bags make light
beer taste better and might do the same for craft
beer .
Their premise is that craft beer tastes good
but is more expensive and higher in calories than
not so good tasting, cheaper light beer. To get
great taste while saving money all you do is
steep aHop Theory bag in a glass of light beer
for two to four minutes to fully infuse.  One bag
can be used for up to four beers. Hop Theory
bags are made with cascade hops, orange peels
and coriander seeds. You can even see it adding
color to the beer as it steeps. The bags come
individually wrapped, just like most teas, so you
can take them with you to your local bar, family
gathering or keep one in your pocket for
emergencies. Hop Theory currently only offers
one flavor, but they have hopes of adding more
options -- like raspberry, pumpkin and double
IPA -- depending on how successful their fund
raising efforts are on KickStart.