Carl Elliott, manager of The Village Pub, removes cling film used to cover the beer taps during the … [+] third Covid-19 lockdown, at his pub in Walthamstow, northeast London on April 6, 2021, as he prepares for partial re-opening on April 12. – (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
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After their toughest year in decades, craft beer producers finally have a reason to (cautiously) toast their recent sales figures. Two measures released this week show US craft beer sales rebounding to pre-pandemic levels as bars, restaurants and entertainment venues begin their gradual return to normal attendance after a year of COVID-19 related restrictions.
After four straight months of contractions, craft finally pushed through the 50 mark on the National Beer Wholesaler Association’s (NBWA) beer purchasers index in April, which indicates that distributors are expanding their craft purchases. And BeerBoard, which measures draft sales in the on-premise channel, reports craft increasing its share of the draft beer business — relative to domestics and imports — by a full percentage point the weekend of April 22-25 as compared to two weekends in late March and early April…