The Voice Of
Canadian Craft Beer

We represent the interests of a growing industry of over 1,100 small and independent craft breweries, brewpubs and their supplier partners in every province and territory in Canada.

Industry Updates

Federal Government Advocacy Update

Since its inception in 2019 the CCBA has been lobbying the federal government, and specifically Finance Canada, to reduce the excise duty rates on beer. All other beverage alcohol sectors are doing the same. 

This year the CCBA submitted a joint proposal to the House Standing Committee on Finance, in cooperation with the CCICB, a coalition of some of the country’s largest independent brewers. Our proposal recommended the following:

Canada Beer Cup: Judging Postponed

In consideration of measures recently announced by the Ontario government to curb the spread of COVID-19 we have reluctantly decided to postpone the competition. The judging of Canada’s best beers will be rescheduled as soon as public health concerns allow.

Craft Beer Industry Launches New National Beer Competition

The “Canada Beer Cup” Features Original Style Categories, International Judges

The Canadian Craft Brewers Association is taking steps to elevate the international profile of Canadian craft beer with a new competition for Canada’s independent craft brewers. The competition will present awards in 70 distinct and original style categories developed by Stephen Beaumont, beer writer and author, and internationally recognized as Canada’s foremost authority on beer. Out of all the winning beers one will be selected by the judges as “best in show”, and the submitting brewery will be awarded the Canada Beer Cup trophy. 

CCBA Submits 2022 Budget Proposal to House Finance Committee

Written for the pre-budget consultations

The CCBA government relations committee submitted four recommendations to the House Finance Committee.

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CCBA Plans Industry-Wide Survey to Assess Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Priorities

First Step in a Comprehensive DEI Program Being Developed with Industry Experts

In June the CCBA will release an industry-wide employee survey to help us understand the state of diversity, inclusivity and equity in craft beer. The survey will be anonymous, and results will guide us in developing education and resources for member breweries. The survey is the first step in a comprehensive DEI program being developed by the CCBA in cooperation with subject matter experts in Canada and the U.S.

“The best way to solve a problem is to first understand exactly what it looks like,” said Steve Beauchesne, Chair of the Anti-Discrimination and Inclusion Committee of the CCBA. “The survey is designed to develop a baseline of understanding that will inform our committee’s future actions”.

To help launch the survey, the CCBA will host an educational webinar for member breweries in early June. Further details to follow.

CCBA Publishes List of Recommended Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Resources

Includes articles, books, and videos on the subject of racism, discrimination, diversity and equity

The Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Committee of the CCBA has published its initial list of recommended resources to assist craft breweries across Canada in addressing and combating all forms of discrimination and racism.

“This is the first phase in the rollout of a comprehensive program,” said Steve Beauchesne, chair of the committee. “We see this as a long-term effort to make craft beer more inclusive and welcoming to those who are marginalized and underrepresented in our industry.” 

CCBA Inclusion & Anti-Discrimination Committee Begins Its Work

Goal is to reduce discrimination against all marginalized or discriminated-against persons in craft beer

The Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Committee is a committee of the CCBA devoted to reducing discrimination against Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQ, Women, Asian Canadians, Disabled and other marginalized or discriminated-against persons. The committee was formed in the spring of 2020 in response to the Black Lives Movement.

Open Letter to Members of Parliament Regarding the State of the Canadian Craft Brewing Industry

Lettre ouverte aux députés concernant l’état de l’industrie du microbrasseries canadiennes

Includes results of Survey #1 – Effects of COVID-19 completed by craft breweries in every province and territory in Canada during the period April 15 – April 21, 2020. / Comprend les résultats du premier sondage sur les effets de COVID-19, complété par des microbrasseries canadiennes dans chaque province et chaque territoire au cours de la période du 15 au 21 avril, 2020.

Advocacy in Ottawa

Défense des intérêts de l’AMBC

A compilation of CCBA lobbying efforts to federal government elected officials and public service departments in support of craft breweries across Canada.

Celebrating Authenticity with the Independent Craft Seal

Craft beer drinkers in Canada want to support their local craft breweries. But it is becoming increasingly difficult for consumers to identify beer brands that are produced and sold by authentic Canadian craft brewers.

That problem is now solved. The new Independent Craft Seal identifies beer that was produced and sold by an independent Canadian craft brewer.

Brewery members, you can now get the seal and start using it in your packaging and marketing materials.

Celebrating Authenticity with the Independent Craft Seal

Craft beer drinkers in Canada want to support their local craft breweries. But it is becoming increasingly difficult for consumers to identify beer brands that are produced and sold by authentic Canadian craft brewers.

That problem is now solved. The new Independent Craft Seal identifies beer that was produced and sold by an independent Canadian craft brewer.

Brewery members, you can now get the seal and start using it in your packaging and marketing materials.

Become a CCBA-AMBC member and gain access to exclusive content, industry data and cost saving programs. Membership is open to breweries and allied trades.

United in Craft, Coast To Coast To Coast

The Canadian Craft Brewers Association unites the 1,000+ craft breweries and brewpubs from every province and territory in Canada. The association promotes and protects their interests and those of the hundreds of supplier partners in the craft brewing ecosystem.

Latest from the Blog

Beyond the Brew: Facilitating Safe Events, Part 2

As we go into another year or events, we are encouraging festival organizers to take measures to ensure their events are safe for participating breweries and attendees. 

We sat down with LeBaron Meyers from #NotMe, an anonymous reporting app that allows real time reporting to gain insight on how services like theirs can be part of your event safety strategy. 

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Au-delà de la bière: ce qu’il faut attendre des festivals

Beer festival season is upon us! 

Festivals and events can be an excellent marketing opportunity, as well as a chance to come together with our communities and neighboring craft breweries…not to mention, a ton of fun! 

While there’s plenty of benefit to come from attending your local craft beer festival, large groups of people fueled by alcohol can be a recipe for unsafe environments. As we get back to in-person events, many breweries are recognizing the importance of expecting a safety strategy from event organizers. 

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