The Brewers Association (BA) will be participating in Barcelona Beer Festival (BBF) 2017 for the fourth year in succession with an expanded presence that includes bottles and cans of high quality American craft beer.

Fifteen small and independent American craft breweries will be represented, providing a diverse range of 47 different, high quality, innovative American craft beers most of which are not readily available in Spain. The BA’s line-up includes the most diverse range of flavours, aromas, brewing techniques and ingredients currently at the forefront of the American craft brewing movement and runs the gamut of beer styles from sours and saisons to pilsners and porters. Well-known beers will be poured as well as lesser-known and seasonal beers. Whatever your favourite beer style, there is something for everyone.

During BBF, Sylvia Kopp, the Brewers Association’s Craft Beer Ambassador for Europe will demonstrate the full-flavour, diversity and quality of American craft beer through tasting Masterclasses as follows:

16.00-17.00 Saturday for professionals (by invitation)

16.30-17.30 Sunday for consumers. Tickets are available here: http://tickets.barcelonabeerfestival.com/en/barcelona-beer-festival/bbf-activities/

The BA will make available copies of Best Practices Guide to Quality Craft Beer – an essential guide for the trade to help encourage better handling and storage of U.S. craft beer, available in Spanish. Further copies (in Spanish or English) may be ordered from BA staff.

The BA has developed a wealth of resources to help brewers, distributors, retailers and consumers understand and enjoy American craft beer. The above guide, plus many more, are also available to download free of charge at www.brewersassociation.org

According to the Brewers Association, exports of American craft beer rose globally by 16.3% in 2015 (the latest figures available) taking the value of global exports to $116 million and the number of barrels exported to 446,151. Growth was seen in all major markets, most notably in Western Europe, which saw a 33.4% increase. In the States, small and independent craft brewers represent 12% market share of the overall beer industry and saw a 13% rise in volume and a 16% rise in dollar value in 2015. There are now more than 5,200 operating breweries in the U.S with thousands more in planning.

Detailed and updated industry insights will be available at the BA’s Craft Brewers Conference, Washington D.C., 10-13 April 2017, the U.S.’s largest annual industry gathering and trade show experience.

 

Notes – About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association defines a craft brewers as being small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3% of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association. Follow us on Twitter.

 

Issued on behalf of the Brewers Association, 1327 Spruce Street, Boulder, Colorado, 80302 USA. www.brewersassociation.org

For further press information please contact:

Sylvia Kopp on sylvia@brewersassociation.org tel: +49 176 24562172 or

Lotte Peplow on Lotte@peplowpr.com +44 (0) 7973 698 414