Craft Beer Exports Up 86 Percent in 2011

Boulder, CO • April 10, 2012—Based on results from a recently-completed industry survey, the Brewers Association (BA) reports record exports of American craft beer in 2011, and for the ninth consecutive year*. American craft breweries exported over 110,000 barrels of beer in 2011, valued at an estimated $23.4 million—a dramatic increase of 86 percent by volume and 97 percent by dollars over 2010 exports.

Canada remained the industry’s largest export market, with shipments increasing 127 percent by volume (up to 27,976 barrels) in 2011, largely as a result of increased demand in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. 

Additionally, the United Kingdom and Sweden remained the next two largest markets. Exports to both countries totaled approximately 13,065 barrels. Regionally, Western Europe is the largest destination for American craft beer exports. Shipments to the region increased by 52 percent in 2011 and now surpass 51,613 barrels.

“The growth in international sales is remarkable in light of the lingering global economic recession. Despite decreasing purchasing power, consumer demand for American craft beers has remained strong and importers have continued to expand their portfolios of American craft beer brands, even in emerging markets, like Brazil and India,” said Bob Pease, chief operating officer, Brewers Association. “These export figures speak for themselves. They are a testament to the innovation of small, independent American craft brewers and their focus on creating products of value to the consumer.”

Total American craft beer exports are up by approximately 500 percent since the BA Export Development Program was initiated in 2004 with funds from the United States Department of Agriculture Market Access Program (USDA MAP).

In the U.S., small and independent brewers employ nearly 100,000 full- and part-time employees, generate more than $3 billion in wages and benefits, and pay more than $2.3 billion in business, personal and consumption taxes. These brewers operate vital small businesses in communities across the country.    

*representing all years for which data has been collected


From “Tasting Table LA”…

Eagle Rock Brewery’s new bottled beers

Eagle Rock Brewery is a permanent fixture of many a tap lineup around Los Angeles.

Served at hipster dives, museums and craft-beer bars alike, the Glassell Park brewery’s offerings are a sudsy mainstay in the Southland.

Then, last week, Eagle Rock Brewery set its sights on a new cool, dark space to infiltrate: your refrigerator.

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2012 Sam Smith Salute is under way!


The Samuel Smith Salute: A call to toast the acclaimed British brewery that has played a pioneering role in the US craft beer revolution.

We have been asking you to remember – or imagine – what beer drinking was like in America 34 years ago, before the first Samuel Smith’s shipment arrived. There were about 85 breweries in the US and only one was a craft brewery. Imports were few, and almost all were pale lagers.  The first shipment of beer from the venerable Sam Smith’s arrived here in 1978 –  look at beer culture now.

Right now, lots of great beer spots will be saluting Samuel Smith, in the second annual Samuel Smith’s Salute. Please join in: raise your glass, savor the benchmark beers from Samuel Smith’s, and recall the role that this splendid brewery has played in the current great specialty import & craft beer scene.

Check for events near you on our events page. 

Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse Due in May

On May 15th, Snarling Badger joines the 2012 Cellar Reserve Series. 

This north German wheat beer is traditionally brewed and released very fresh. It has a light body from the wheat and refreshingly tart acidity that make it a perfect summer thirst-quencher.  Its lemony tartness is provided by a secondary fermentation with Lactobacillus, the same microorganism that’s responsible for yogurt’s tang. That tartness increases and improves with age, so the people of Berlin are known to buy extra bottles to bury in their gardens for two years or more.

As usual with our Cellar Reserves, we’ve taken a traditional style and added our own twist. In this case we’ve tripled the strength over the traditional beer, which should  increase its aging potential. For the primary fermentation we used traditional Bavarian hefeweizen yeast that produces soft notes of banana and clove. We followed that with Lactobacillus and six months in conditioning to create a complex fruity acidity that compliments the soft sweet malt tones and a unique ale that is both fulfilling and refreshing.

This summer time ale perfectly compliments spicy salmon filets from the grill and can wash down your savory BBQ pork ribs with ease.  Enjoy with a fresh arugula salad or salty french fries with blue cheese dressing for dipping.  For dessert try, grilled pineapple drizzled with honey.

ABV: 7.5%

IBUs: 15

Color: 5.9 Lov.

Original Gravity:  16.9

Do Good While Drinking Well – April 26

Norman Smith, one of the world’s leading snowy owl experts, has spent countless days and nights, in every imaginable weather condition, observing, capturing, banding, and color-marking Snowy Owls at Logan International Airport since 1981.  Now he’s coming to Portsmouth Brewery on Thursday, April 26 to share his pictures, findings and stories about these magnificent birds to help raise money for our friends at the Center For Wildlife.   

In addition to Norman’s keynote speech, Kristin Lamb from the Center for Wildlife will also give a short presentation about the important medical and rehabilitative work that the Center performs as its main mission.

Tickets are $30 each, which includes a $10 donation to The Center for Wildlife, passed hors d’oeuvres and three tokens that you can redeem for samples of our award-winning beers.  

Since this is a fund-raiser, you’ll also have several opportunities to participate in raffles and silent auctions.  Who doesn’t want to spend a brew day with New England brewing legend Tod Mott or take Edna the Albino Porcupine for a private walk in the woods?  

All proceeds from the event will go directly to fund the Center’s work treating injured and orphaned wildlife. 

The social takes place on April 26 from 6pm-8pm.  Space is very limited. For tickets, call or stop by The Portsmouth Brewery or you can email or visit the Center for Wildlife.  

That same day, volunteers from the Center will be on our patio from 12-2pm with rescued animal ambassadors.  It’s not exactly a petting zoo, but seeing birds of prey or albino porcupines in person is a breathtaking experience.  This meet-and-greet is open to the public and free, but donations to the center will be welcome and appreciated.

We hope you’ll enjoy us for some wild times on April 26!


From the “Web”…

Homebrewers take heart!

Home brewing: A man’s home is his brewpub
The Star-Ledger –
The real showstopper in Mike Sullivan’s basement is his brewery/bar, complete with cobblestone floors, brick wall, three taps, steins from Germany, and, beyond the Irish-pub-like facade reading “Sullivan’s Brewery,” an array of equipment that would

Home Brewers Dream Come True
Now his recipe is brewing at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville and will be featured at an event supporting the Save Brainerd Foundation on April 25. By Jill Harkaway David Reuter and master brewer Greg Brown prepare Lap Dog Robust Porter for

News from the Great White North!

Beer battle brewing in Regina
Regina Leader-Post
By Vanessa Brown, Leader-Post April 10, 2012 11:42 AM The first night of judging takes place at the Regina ALES homebrew competition in the club room at Bushwakker’s brew pub April 9, 2012 in Regina, SK. Judges will be grading over 500 entries in over

Fan Tips for Ottawa Senators Games
Yahoo! Sports
Scotiabank Place offers some great dining options for fans, including full-service restaurants. So get there early to enjoy places like the Molson Canadian Brew Pub near section 223, which is known for great chicken wings, and of course plenty of beer.

The Great Garrett speaks…see lead story…

American craft beer is on the rise: Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver tells why
The Journal News |
It’s no longer there, but it was a pioneering brewpub in SoHo … eventually I became head brewer there and came to Brooklyn Brewery in 1994. Craft beer has had a huge surge in popularity in recent years. What’s the reason for the upswing?

US Micro moving to India? Yes… That India!

India expansion: Arbor Brewing Co. owners push back opening of first
Owners Matt and Rene Greff, who also own Ypsilanti’s Corner Brewery, recently returned from a three-month trip to India, where they hoped to oversee the opening of the brewpub in February. Matt Greff, Rene Greff, and Gaurav Sikka toast the birth of …

Not dry in Providence anymore!

Five brews are promising start for Revival
The Providence Journal (blog)
But it was always for someone else; first at Providence brewpub Trinity Brewhouse, and in more recent years as a consultant for Narragansett Beer. Larkin still holds those jobs, but he now runs his own brand, too. Last fall Larkin and two business …

Dogfish building more than breweries!

Carper pounds nails for Habitat for Humanity at Dogfish Framing Frenzy
Cape Gazette
It also is used as a team-building activity for the more than 160 Dogfish employees from the brewery and the brewpub while giving back to the community. Shown installing another wall in a house is Dogfish employee Kyle Kaminski.

And naturally… The South shall rise again!

‘North Carolina Craft Beers & Breweries’
Durham Herald Sun
He wanted to open a German style brew pub, but state law prohibited such an establishment. He lobbied to get the law changed in 1985, and Bennewitz’s brewery and pub Weeping Radish opened later in Manteo. Then in 2005 the Legislature passed the “Pop …