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On this episode The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we’re talking the economics of craft beer! More specifically, we chat with the chief economist for the Brewers Association, Bart Watson. This organization is made up of and represents the lion’s share of the craft beer industry in the United States. We discuss the year in craft beer through Q3 of 2020, effects the pandemic has had on the industry, and much more!

Please note – this show was taped in the latter part of 2020. This was due in part to ensure that this show was part of the reboot of the Nitty Grits Network, which has just happened here in January 2021. Check it out!

The NOLADrinks Show – The Economics of Craft Beer – Dec20Ep3 – Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewer’s Association.

The NOLADrinks Show – The Economics of Craft Beer – Dec20Ep3 – Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewer’s Association.

The NOLADrinks Show – The Economics of Craft Beer – Dec20Ep3

In our featured interview, we welcome Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewer’s Association (BA). The BA is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 70% of all US craft breweries. The organization is made up of their member brewers and seek to advocate for them in the policy world and marketplace.

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We discuss various aspects of the craft beer economy in the US including trends, areas of growth, and more. The effects of the pandemic on the industry are discussed with a look at several specifics and how the industry has attempted to adjust.

Some of this includes conversations about on and off-premise sales, production, shifts in purchasing patterns, and much more.

Also, we talk about the Brewer’s Association, its mission, and the work it does in various aspects of the craft beer world including advocacy, certification, and best practices. Bart lets us know a bit about his background and how he became a “beer economist.” Additionally, we chat about the “economy of beer” including contrasting it with other sectors.

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Cheers and Be Well, You All!

~ Bryan