In February, the National Beer Wholesalers Association’s beer purchasers’ index showed an raise in total beer sales year more than year. Segments like sub-premium beers — feel Keystone and Pabst Blue Ribbon — as properly as seltzers saw upticks. Meanwhile, the craft segment suffered the biggest decline across the board.

“Craft beer on a entire we’ve observed an eight% reduce [in sales]. But we’ve observed basically a 7% raise in import and domestic, so a lot of price tag-conscious shoppers are out there,” stated Jason Perkins, owner of Perk’s Beer and Beverage in Scarborough, Maine.

Given that opening 4 years ago, Perkins has noticed that beer-only drinkers are a lot more prepared to broaden their horizons.

“Fifteen years ago, or even in all probability significantly less than that, it is if you are a beer drinker, you are a beer drinker,” Perkins stated. “And that does not genuinely exist any longer. With the younger men and women coming by means of now, exactly where it is, you know, a common evening could be a beer, seltzer and a cocktail or a beer, seltzer and a glass of wine.”

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