Consolidation is a reality in every industry. Whether its technology or consumer goods, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions are commonplace. Over the last few years, we’ve seen an uptick in this activity in the beer business, specifically among craft breweries.

Although brewery acquisitions have ramped up in recent years, consolidation within the middle tier has been happening for decades. According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association, there were more than 4,500 traditional beer distributors operating in the U.S. in 1980. Today, there are 3,000.

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