California Craft Beer- 2014 Review

December 11th, 2014 by CCBA

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Photo Courtesy Bart Watson- Brewers Association

Photo Courtesy Bart Watson- Brewers Association

As 2014 comes to a close the California Craft Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association representing the small and independent craft brewers in California, looks back at the year of craft beer in the golden state.

 “We have seen year after year of strong craft beer growth both in California and nationally”, said Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association.  “And 2014 has been perhaps the strongest growth year ever for the craft brewing industry here in California.”

California craft brewery count passes 500. In November, California passed the mark of 500 craft breweries, the highest in the nation with an additional 240 breweries in planning. During 2014 the number of operating breweries increased by over 20 percent.

According to the Brewers Association’s chief economist Bart Watson, “2014 proved that craft beer is moving into the mainstream. Consumers are making a conscious choice to buy and try the plethora of options produced by small and independent craft brewers.”

Nationally the number of craft brewery openings continue to grow. In November the United States passed the mark of 3,200 brewers in the country and breweries are opening at a rate of 1.5 per day. In addition, there are more than 2,000 breweries in planning.

California produces more craft beer than any other state, in 2014 approximately 3.4 million barrels of beer have been produced. Sales of craft beer in California are up 20.7% compared to 18% nationally and now account for a 16.8% market share. In addition, California breweries exported 1.2 million barrels of beer last year, that’s more beer than most other states produce. Only Oregon and Pennsylvania produced more than 1.2 million barrels in 2013.

The economic impact California brewers have in the state continues to grow, California breweries contributed $ 5.5 billion to the California economy in 2013 inclusive of all goods and services both directly and indirectly.

Other noteworthy trends in 2014 were the continued popularity of India Pale Ales (IPAs) and the diversity of craft beer consumers.

According to retail scan data, IPA is up 47 percent by volume and 49 percent by dollar sales, accounting for 21 percent volume share of craft and 23 percent dollar share of off-premise beer sales.

Craft beer consumers are growing as data indicates that 38 percent of households bought a craft beer in the last year versus 29 percent in 2010. More women are consuming craft beer at almost 32 percent of craft beer volume, almost half of which comes from women ages 21-34.

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California Craft Brewers Association celebrated its 25th year at the 2014 California Craft Brewers Conference in Santa Rosa on November 3rd and 4th.

 Video Highlights from the conference can be found here  

Founding members and industry pioneers; Fritz Maytag former owner of Anchor Brewing Co., Ken Grossman owner/founder of Sierra Nevada, and John Martin owner of Triple Rock Brewing Co. held a riveting keynote address, reminiscing about their early days in the industry and why they came together to form the association. 

With an audience of over 400 craft brewery owners, brew masters and industry members in attendance, Tom McCormick, executive director of the CCBA, inducted the three founding CCBA members into the California Craft Beer Hall of Fame for their extraordinary contributions to the California Craft Brewing industry. More information on the CCBA Hall of Fame can be found here.

The CCBA would like to extend a big round of applause to the founders and past board members of the California Craft Brewers Association. CCBA would also like to recognize and thank all of our members and the exhibitors and sponsors.

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Sunday, February 15th 2015 | 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm

The Celebrator Beer News will celebrate its 27th year with a Beer Fest from 4pm to 8 pm at Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California.This is a major fundraiser for the CCBA as all proceeds will go to the California Craft Beer Association.

This party is the Grand Finale for SF Beer Week.

Come join us and support the CCBA ~ Tickets are ON SALE now!

Ticket sales and additional event details- Click Here

Pre-paid tickets are discounted:
CCBA members:  $40 with discount code  (If you are a CCBA member please contact CCBA offices to receive the members only promotional code)
General Public: $60
At the Door:  $80

This event will sell out !

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Industry pioneers Fritz Maytag, John Martin, and Ken Grossman are inducted into the CA Craft Beer Hall of Fame

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Santa Rosa, CA – In 1989, a small group of craft brewers set out to form the first state wide association dedicated to the development and protection of the California craft brewing industry. Their early efforts and passions have cemented California as the birthplace of the craft beer movement.

Last week, the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) celebrated the 25th Anniversary with those same founding members and industry pioneers; Fritz Maytag former owner of Anchor Brewing Co., Ken Grossman owner/founder of Sierra Nevada, and John Martin owner of Triple Rock Brewing Co. at the two-day California Craft Brewers Conference in Santa Rosa, CA.

With an audience of over 400 craft brewery owners, brew masters and industry members in attendance, Tom McCormick, executive director of the CCBA, inducted the three founding CCBA members into the California Craft Beer Hall of Fame for their extraordinary contributions to the California Craft Brewing industry. The three hall of famers then held a riveting keynote address, reminiscing about their early days in the industry and why they came together to form the association.

Founding board member John Martin, owner of Triple Rock Brewing Co,  looked back fondly on the association’s beginnings saying, ´”It has been wonderful to participate in craft brewing’s early days in the 1980s and through its spectacular growth in California to the present day.  The acceptance of high quality, locally-made craft beer has never been higher, and the important role that the CCBA has played to help protect and grow the California brewing environment cannot be underestimated.”

The craft brewing segment has grown consistently despite the overall beer industry being down in recent years. In 2013 California’s craft brewing industry grew by 20% and contributed more than $5.5 billion in economic impact throughout the state.  The California Craft Brewers Association continues to represent these new and old breweries in California’s legislative policies.

“It is an honor to carry the torch from the founding fathers of the Association,” said Tom McCormick, executive director of the CCBA. “In the last 25 years, the CCBA has established the most conducive regulatory environment for craft breweries in the country, laying the foundation for a vibrant and growing industry.

For more information on the CCBA Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductees please see the CCBA Website: http://www.californiacraftbeer.com/ccba-hall-of-fame/

 

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AB 2004- Sponsored by CCBA-

Enables Beer Manufacturers to Sell Packaged Beer at Local Farmers’ Markets

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 2004 authored by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata) that allows the sale of packaged beer at certified farmers’ markets and allows beer manufacturers the ability to sell beer and wine on their own premises during private events.

The measure now authorizes a licensed beer manufacturer to apply to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for a certified farmers’ market beer sales permit which allows the licensee to sell packaged beer at a farmers’ market.

Dave Gull, owner of New Helvetia Brewing Co. in Sacramento, is already planning to apply for this new permit, “Having the ability to sell our product at local farmers’ markets is a great opportunity to visit with customers and engage with the community, we are a local brewery and rely on the local support to continue to grow our business.”

The bill also expands a licensed beer manufacturer’s privileges by authorizing a beer manufacturer to sell or serve beer and wines, regardless of source, to guests during private events held on the licensed beer manufacturer’s premises. Under current law, beer manufacturers without a restaurant are not allowed to have wine or beer other than their own on the brewery premise for any reason. This new law will allow breweries to provide wine to guests attending a private function at the brewery. The demand for private events, such as weddings, at these craft brewery venues is becoming much more prevalent.

“AB 2004 provides craft brewers parity with the privileges currently enjoyed by the wine industry. As the popularity and number of craft breweries grows, AB 2004 assists brewers in reaching new consumers and allowing them to meet the demand of the growing industry,” stated Tom McCormick, Executive Director of the California Craft Brewers Association.

AB 2004 had bi-partisan support and passed both the Senate and Assembly chambers without opposition. The measure will go into effect on January 1st 2015.

GABF ~ CA Takes Home the Most Medals!

October 6th, 2014 by CCBA

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The Great American Beer Festival presented by the Brewers Association is the largest commercial beer competition in the world.

A record 5,507 beers were judged (16 percent more than in 2013) in 90 categories by 222 judges from 10 countries.

California was the top medal winner with 46 medals out of 268 medals awarded, followed by Colorado with 39 medals.

There were 49,000 attendees, 3,500 beers served, 1,309 breweries in the competition from 50 states plus Washington D.C.

CONGRATULATIONS CCBA Members who received 2014 GABF medals!
Category 10: Coffee Beer, 116 Entries
Gold: Mocha Machine, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA

Category 11: Specialty Beer, 47 Entries
Gold: Campfire Stout, High Water Brewing, Chico, CA

Category 14: Session Beer, 94 Entries
Gold: Oatmeal Stout, Benchmark brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Silver: Guillaume, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Ocean Beach, CA
Bronze: Mosaic Session Ale, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., La Jolla, CA

Category 15: Other Strong Beer, 43 Entries
Bronze: Aphotic Imperial Porter, High Water Brewing Co., Chico, CA

Category 19: Historical Beer, 21 Entries
Gold: Thurston, New Helvetia Brewing Co., Sacramento, CA

Category: 21 American-Belgo-Style Ale – 69 Entries
Bronze: Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Category: 22 American-Style Sour Ale – 56 Entries
Gold: Cosmic Dust, The Rare Barrel, Berkeley, CA

Category: 26 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 65 Entries
Silver: Recolte Du Bois – Apricot, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. – , Truckee, CA

Category 28: Kellerbier or Zwickelbier – 48 Entries
Silver: Surfliner Lager, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. – Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Category 28: American-Style or International-Style Pilsener, 29 Entries
Bronze: Gold Country Pilsner, Auburn Alehouse, Auburn, CA

Category: 31 German-Style Pilsener – 75 Entries
Gold: Pivo, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
Silver: STS Pils, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA

Category: 32 Bohemian-Style Pilsener – 46 Entries
Bronze: Double Aught, Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg, CA

Category: 37 Vienna-Style Lager – 48 Entries
Gold: Danish Red Lager, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. -, Buellton, CA

Category: 41 American-Style Dark Lager – 19 Entries
Gold: Lagerithm, Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim, CA

Category: 45 Baltic-Style Porter – 42 Entries
Bronze: Puddy Porter, Faction Brewing Co., Alameda, CA

Category: 51 International-Style Pale Ale – 88 Entries
Bronze: The Pupil, Societe Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Category: 52 American-Style Pale Ale – 145 Entries
Gold: Grunion, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA

Category: 55 Imperial India Pale Ale – 135 Entries
Silver: Hop 15, Port Brewing Co., San Marcos, CA
Bronze: Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA

Category: 57 Imperial Red Ale – 62 Entries
Silver: Hop Donkey Imperial Red Ale, Auburn Alehouse, Auburn, CA
Bronze: Shark Attack, Port Brewing Co., San Marcos, CA

Category: 62 Irish-Style Red Ale – 60 Entries
Silver: Piper Down, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA

Category: 66 German-Style Sour Ale – 80 Entries
Gold: Reserve Wheat Ale, Telegraph Brewing Co., Santa Barbara, CA

Category: 67 German-Style Altbier – 33 Entries
Silver: Dusseldorf Altbier, Redwood Curtain Brewing Co., Arcata, CA

Category: 68 South German-Style Hefeweizen – 89 Entries
Silver: Hefeweizen, Black Market Brewing Co., Temecula, CA

Category: 71 Belgian-Style Witbier – 65 Entries
Gold: White Ale, Saint Archer Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Category: 72 French- and Belgian-Style Saison – 115 Entries
Silver: Un Atout, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA

Category: 74 Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale – 60 Entries
Bronze: Jon Flanders, Tustin Brewing Co., Tustin, CA

Category: 76 Belgian-Style Tripel – 58 Entries
Bronze: La Flama Dorada, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Ocean Beach, CA

Category: 78 Other Belgian-Style Ale – 26 Entries
Gold: Witty Moron, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, San Diego, CA

Category: 79 Brown Porter – 61 Entries
Gold: Double Nut Brown, Mammoth Brewing Co., Mammoth Lakes, CA

Category: 81 Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout – 26 Entries
Bronze: Asphalt Jungle, Bagby Beer Co., Oceanside, CA

Category: 82 Foreign-Style Stout – 32 Entries
Bronze: San Quentin’s Breakout Stout, Marin Brewing Co., Larkspur, CA

Category 84: Barley Wine-Style Ale, 55 Entries
Gold: AleSmith Old Numbskull, AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Category: 86 Imperial Stout – 78 Entries
Bronze: Narwhal Imperial Stout, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA

Category: 88 Old Ale or Strong Ale – 32 Entries
Bronze: Good Faith, Discretion Brewing, Soquel, CA

Category: 89 Barley Wine-Style Ale – 51 Entries
Gold: AleSmith Old Numbskull, AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

2014 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition – 89 Entries
Sponsored by Briess, Country Malt Group, Hopunion & White Labs
Gold: Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish 80 Shilling Ale, Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg, CA
Brewmaster: Team Bear Republic/Richard Norgrove, AHA Member: Michael Kelly

The 2014 Great American Beer Festival Brewery & Brewer of the Year Awards

Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Brewer: Julian Shrago and Ian McCall

FULL LIST OF WINNERS HERE