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There are many ways to learn more about the brewing industries. This section of the guide will provide resources and tips for using publications, professional organizations, economics, and NAICS and SIC industry codes.
Take a look at the variety of sources and topics you would find in a library catalog search for the subject term "Beer industry."
Historically, professional organizations have been an important facet of the brewing industry in America and in other countries. They gather data, advocate and support members, set standards, and work with the government on regulations. You can look for historical and present-day information for regional brewers guilds, national or international brewers' associations, or the professional associations of allied industries (e.g. the Hop Growers of America, European Union Hops Commission, American Malting Barley Association, Maltsters' Association of Great Britain, American Homebrewers Association).
Professional publications (books, magazines, journals) are good sources for researching industry trends, technologies, production, and demographics from the historical and modern eras. The library and archives at OSU has a robust periodical collection, including popular magazines such as All About Beer and Zymurgy, academic journals such as Wallerstein Laboratory Communications and Journal of the Federated Institutes of Brewing, conference proceedings from the American Society of Brewing Chemists, and important issue based publications such as the Anti-saloon League year book (1908-1931) and texts about alcohol produced during Prohibition.
Useful library databases for general industry research are:
There are renowned beer economists at OSU!
The Beeronomics Society is an international non-profit association of scholars and professionals analyzing the economics of beer and brewing. Their site has links to conference events and publications.
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The Tremblays co-authored a book on the U.S. Beer Industry (Tremblay, Victor J., and Tremblay, Carol Horton. The U.S. Brewing Industry: Data and Economic Analysis. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2005.)
Tremblay, Victor J., and Tremblay, Carol Horton. Industry and Firm Studies. 4th ed. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2007.
Johan F. M Swinnen wrote The Economics of Beer in 2011.
Do your own searching in the library catalog and Google Scholar.
Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best-known statistical reference publication in the world. It is a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.
The Economics and Demographics That Drive the US Beer Industry is a paper given by Lester Jones, Chief Economist National Beer Wholesalers Association, at the 2019 Hop Growers of America conference. He includes data from 2008 - 2018 on topics such as consumption, demographics, and sales.
Data.gov is the home of the U.S. Government’s open data. You will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, and design data visualizations. Datasets found for "beer."
The Brewers Association, described in the Professional Organizations box below, also tracks statistics and data.
Contact your state's liquor control commission, they are an agency that would track production, sales, and taxes.
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations. Among other things, ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. They also archive and disseminate census data.
WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is an Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in many international and global studies topics. Sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online.
United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division has an online central repository of country profiles of statistical systems. Country profiles include a brief history of the country's statistical system, legal basis, and the statistical program.
UNdata brings international statistical databases together. Users can search and download a variety of statistical resources compiled by the United Nations (UN) statistical system and other international agencies. The numerous databases or tables collectively known as "datamarts" contain over 60 million data points and cover a wide range of statistical themes including agriculture, crime, communication, development assistance, education, energy, environment, finance, gender, health, labour market, manufacturing, national accounts, population and migration, science and technology, tourism, transport and trade.
Country Statistical Yearbooks: provides links to country statistical yearbooks or similar collections (census, "facts and figures," etc.) for 154 countries worldwide. (Guide from University of Wisconsin Madison Libraries)
Vanderbilt University guide to International Business Data and Statistics
Relevant NAICS and SIC codes for this industry:
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. You can look up additional codes at https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/.
The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) is an industry classification system in which all Federal economic statistics are based on up to 1996. Use this site to do a keyword search to find an SIC code for an industry.
It is important to know these codes in order to retrieve statistical information produced by the Census as well as search certain databases by these codes. Once you have these codes, you can look up businesses on Mergent Online, which is a subscription-based service offering information on approximately 15,000 NYSE, AMEX, and NASDAQ companies. Information available for companies include details about the company, executives, financial information, reports, and competitors.
The service also provides data on 20,000 non-U.S. based corporations. Company information comprises that of all of the Mergent/Moody's Manuals except for the Municipal & Government Manual. Annual and quarterly financials date back 15 years, annual reports date back to 1996 or 1997, and SEC filings date back to 1993. Information available for each company includes: company history, business, property, subsidiaries, officers, directors, long-term debt, bond ratings, capital stock, income statement, balance sheet, statements of cash flow, exchange and ticker symbol, address, telephone number, annual stock price ranges, trustees, registrar, transfer agent, stock splits, dividend payment history and more.
You can use NAICS and SIC codes to find industry reports from First Research, which provides unlimited access to an online library of profiles on over 900 industry segments. This research tool features in-depth, up-to-date information. Profiles are comprehensive and include:
Things to know
The government agency that oversees the sale of alcohol is the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. ATT has a specific portal for beer resources, which includes required documents (Brewery Records, Reports, and Returns) and statistics from 2008 - 2019.