Flowers are starting to bloom, and the Roundup is one more bud for you to enjoy. This week we have a special section all about U.S. craft beer having an increasing impact in other countries, including how exports continue to grow as U.S. styles capture foreign taste buds. We also look at how a burgeoning trade war with China could affect the U.S. wine industry, a new label to showcase eco-friendly wines, and why it might be too soon to bring AI into alcohol sales.
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Craft Beer Growing Around the World
American Craft Beer Exports Surpass $125 Million | Supported by the Brewers Association’s Export Development Program (EDP), craft beer export volume increased by 3.6 percent in 2017, now totaling 482,309 barrels and valued at $125.4 million. Brewers Association
Time Traveling: How Craft Beer Has Evolved Since 1990 | In the last nine years of craft beer development, we see years marked by tremendous prosperity sure, but also now marked by buyouts, closures, layoffs and wild new stylistic trend: brewing low ABV lagers. Brewbound
Has American Craft Beer Taken Over the World? | From Germany and the UK to Chile, American-style craft breweries are popping up around the world and claiming ever more market share. Daily Beast
Wine Spectator: Will China’s Threatened Tariffs Hurt American Wine? | While it’s unclear if the Chinese government will actually follow through on its threat, wine industry leaders are asking how this may affect their bottom line. Shanken News Daily
Walmart Wins Over Texas Spirit Sales | A historic ruling widening the sales of spirits in conservative Texas raises concerns among local firms. Wine-searcher.com
As Brewery Taprooms Thrive, Industry Stakeholders Voice Concerns | As the number of taprooms has grown, so too have concerns about their impact on the three-tier system. Brewbound
Privately Owned “Agency” Liquor Stores Appear Unlikely To Begin Operating Anytime Soon IN Montgomery County | Although the county was given the authority to license private store owners to sell liquor, the Department of Liquor Control director said there’s no timeline to do so. Bethesda Magazine
Case Studies on Growing DtC Wine Sales | Three wineries on California’s Central Coast on boosting direct-to-consumer sales. Wines & Vines
California’s New Wine Labels Make It Easier To Find Eco-friendly Wines | California’s Sustainable Wine-growing Alliance (CSWA) is trialling a new set of bottle labels to help drinkers make more environmental choices in supermarkets. Wine Business
This Female Brewer Suggests These 3 Actions To Get Ahead In the Beer Industry | Beverly Armstrong has three degrees from Harvard University — but her formal education is only a piece of her impressive resume. Forbes
Wines & Vines Promotes Adams to Editor | Wines & Vines magazine has promoted its senior editor, Andrew Adams, to the editor position to take over from Jim Gordon who has relinquished the editor post after 12 years. Wines & Vines
Wine Country Leaders Say Industry Largely Unscathed By October Fires | Wine Country is open for business, and an early look at tourism activity and impacts to vineyards since the destructive October fires show the regions’ signature industry may have gotten out mostly unscathed. Press Democrat
For the Booze Business, Going Green Is A Matter of Survival | In an industry that’s dependent on healthy ecosystems for good ingredients, turning a blind eye to wasteful practices, unsustainable agriculture, and the effects of climate change on crops isn’t an option. Popular Science
Robert Mondavi Winery and the James Beard Foundation Announce 5-Year Scholarship For Wine Study | From 2018 to 2022, the James Beard Foundation Robert Mondavi Memorial Scholarship wil award $10,000 annually to an aspiring culinary or wine professional to further their wine education. Wine Industry Insight
Artificial Intelligence In the Wine Industry? Not Yet, Please! | The world is changing rapidly, and the wine industry needs to keep up. However, we should not rip over our own feet in a mad rush to do this. The Wine Gourd