Why a few brewers are going back to their roots
— As the nation’s most popular beer, the beer industry has come to be known for its purity, the quality of the ingredients, and its ability to transport.
But the beer itself is becoming increasingly complex and is increasingly popular among consumers who want to taste the finer aspects of craft brewing, including the flavor, aroma, and finish.
It’s also becoming increasingly difficult for craft brewers to sell their beer on their own terms.
For a long time, many small brewers have been struggling to make a living off their products, especially when they were growing at a rapid clip in recent years.
Now they’re facing an uphill battle, even if they have a big enough market.
One of the big questions facing small brewers is whether they will survive in the current environment of a rapidly expanding craft beer industry.
The industry is growing at an incredible pace, but it’s growing at almost twice the rate of the nation as a whole.
The U.S. beer market grew an astounding 7.5 percent in 2016, according to the Brewers Association, and the number of craft breweries in the country is projected to double to around 100 by 2023.
Craft brewers are a major part of the growth story.
But the craft beer boom is a multi-faceted story, and a number of factors are working against the industry.
First and foremost, there is a lack of distribution, said David Sosnowski, the chief executive officer of the Brewers Assn., which represents the country’s biggest beer brewers.
For every 10 craft breweries there are two or three that don’t have a distribution network.
In addition, many craft breweries are not even able to sell directly to consumers, much less to retail stores.
That’s partly because of the high price tag, which is not uncommon for most craft brews, said Brian Pappas, who founded Craft Brew Alliance, a trade group representing the industry’s largest brewers.
“I think it’s an unfortunate situation,” said Pappins group’s CEO, Scott Smith.
“If you think about the impact that these brewers have had on the craft brewing industry, and on the industry as a entire, it’s devastating.”
The most significant factor is that there are only so many breweries, and only so much supply.
As of early last year, only 2,000 to 3,000 craft breweries were in operation nationwide, according a report by the Brewers Committee for Responsible Growth.
This is a critical problem for craft beer, which, by far, has the highest consumer demand in the industry, said John Siegel, the co-founder and president of the American Craft Brewers Guild, an industry trade group.
In addition, the number one reason for not growing is because there are not enough breweries to fill the demand.
Even as craft beer is growing, there are also growing pains for small brewers.
As the industry matures, the competition from other brewing methods increases, as well.
The proliferation of carbonation systems, for example, has created new brewing methods that require smaller equipment, making it harder for craft breweries to find distributors.
Other craft brewers, such as Goose Island, also have experienced an increase in competition.
The craft brewery has had to compete with the craft brew trend of using more alcohol in its beer, and also with larger-scale, more complex brewing methods.
That has made it more difficult for smaller brewers to survive in this environment.
The other major challenge for small craft brewers is the growing amount of demand for specialty brews.
The United States is the world’s second-largest market for craft brewing in terms of annual volume, after China.
However, many of the biggest craft breweries have limited distribution to a small number of U. S. cities, which has created a bottleneck in the craft market.
Some smaller breweries have found ways to increase their production in some of the U. States’ most populous markets, such at New York and San Diego.
But other smaller brewers have struggled to find enough distributors to take advantage of the new distribution and sales channels.
“We’re losing the craft business in this country, and it’s a real problem,” said Dave Waddell, who runs a small brewery in Portland, Oregon.
“We’ve seen the impact on craft beer.
We’ve lost about a third of our customers.
We’re a small craft brewer.”
With the current wave of craft brewers in the spotlight, brewers are trying to create an identity that helps them stand out in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
They are taking advantage of a new trend in the beer world called “distribution-driven craft,” which is when a brewery releases a limited-release beer to attract a new customer.
That is what Goose Island is doing, using its own unique brand to build up a loyal following among craft drinkers.
“There is a lot of innovation happening in the marketplace right now,” said Smith.
And that innovation is leading to some of this competition.