In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
Beer Canada | Beer Canada is a trade association that advocates for member brewers and works with governments, stakeholders and the public to improve the beer industry in Canada.
BC Craft Brewers Guild | A non-profit, cooperative trade organization committed to the promotion of the Craft Brewing Industry through legislation, education, and public awareness. Check out the directory for local competitors.
Master Brewers Association of the Americas | This non-profit strives to enhance the technical skills of brewing and fermentation to create delicious beers, supporting brewers located in North America and around the world.
Beer Institute (US) | The Beer Institute represents the beer industry before Congress, state legislatures and public forums across the United States.
Worldwide Brewing Alliance (WBA) | The WBA was established in 2003 with the objective of disseminating and exchanging good practices and information on environmental sustainability, product integrity and the impact of beer on society. The WBA represents almost 60% of the beer production worldwide.
Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI) | BMRI supports the development and evaluation of new malting barley varieties in Canada.
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
The Growler | B.C.’s quarterly craft beer guide, covering the breweries, the beer and the industry, published by Beer Me British Columbia.
Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine | A publication dedicated to promoting and growing the craft beer and home brew industries. Published 6 times per year.
What's Brewing? Magazine | A bi-monthly publication by Campaign for Real Ale Society of British Columbia (CAMRA BC) that discusses events and happenings in the local beer scene of British Columbia.
Beer Advocate Magazine | A unique exploration of beer style, culture, and respect. Includes articles written by and concerning craft brewers. Published monthly.
Beer Connoisseur Magazine | Beer Connoisseur features articles on fine beer and food. Published 4 times per year.
Draft Magazine | Draft features articles on beer and beer culture. Published 6 times per year.
Taps Magazine | Covers everything related to craft beverages, from beer, wine, and cider to travel and food. Published by TAPS Media, the parent company of the Canadian Brewing Awards.
Craft Beer Business | Craft Beer Business is a trade website and e-newsletter dedicated to the business of commercial craft brewing. CBB covers the industry as a whole with a concentration on four distinct angles: Equipment and Systems; Marketing and Branding; Ingredients and Supplies; Business and Management Services
I'm Starting a Craft Brewery | Blog detailing the process of starting a Craft Brewery by the owners of Strange Fellows Brewing.
BC Beer Law | This blog is written by Carlos Mendes, a contributing writer fro BC Beer News who discusses legal issues facing BC breweries.
MicroBrewr | A weekly podcast and blog aimed at microbrewery entrepreneurs or owners.
Brew Beer Blog | A blog with event listings, beer review, and homebrewing recipes.
Craft Beer Vancouver | Blog and website dedicated to promoting B.C.'s craft beer industry.
ProBrewer Interactive | An active discussion forum covering all aspects of beer brewing.
MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.
Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.