Hello Craft Brewing Community,

Thank you to all who joined us for our recent 2024 Annual General Meeting. For those unable to attend, here’s a quick rundown of what we covered.

Governance and Strategic Priorities Report

It’s been a year and a half since I stepped into the role of Executive Director, and I’m pleased to report we’ve made some solid progress. We tackled some big challenges, like paying off our CEBA loan and pushing back against some not-so-great low risk drinking guideline reports on alcohol. But our biggest win was partnering with the Canadian Coalition of Independent Craft Brewers to score a 50% federal excise tax rate cut for the first 15,000 hectolitres of production for the next two years. We still have work to do to raise the production level and extend it beyond the two years. 

We also refreshed our mission, vision, and values, and sharpened our definition of what it means to be a Canadian Craft Brewery. Our new Member Benefits Committee is working hard to enhance value for members. And get ready for the Canada Beer Cup – it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. Cash flow is still a being closely monitored, and we’re still working on getting more breweries on board with the Independent Craft Beer Seal. Everyone is feeling the pinch of rising costs across the industry. Despite the bumps, we’re determined to keep supporting and growing Canada’s craft brewing industry.

Looking ahead, we’re gearing up to strengthen provincial advocacy, support breweries eyeing expansion into new markets, and beef up our communication efforts. We’ll also be giving our bylaws a good once-over to make sure we’re set up for success in the long run.

Operational Report

On the day-to-day front, things are humming along nicely. From advocating for national issues to helping breweries navigate the ins and outs of the industry, our team is on it. We’ve seen growth in our supplier and support membership, which is a promising sign for the future.

But we’re not stopping there. We’re aiming to build resources on for doing business across Canada and exporting your brews. Plus, whether it’s through our website, newsletters, or social media, we’re aiming to enhance communications to keep you in the loop.

Big thanks to everyone who’s been a part of this journey – our dedicated board of directors, our government and allied partners, our associate members and sponsors, and of course, all you awesome Canadian craft brewers. Here’s to another year of making great beer, award-winning beer, and together exploring the art of the possible.

Cheers,

Christine Comeau


Executive Director, Canadian Craft Brewers Association