US craft beer producers will release a standards manual for distributors, retailers and the public, addressing proper methods of draft beer dispensing and serving.

Part of an industry initiative to improve beer handling outside the brewery, the Brewers Association, which represents US craft brewers, has helped launch a Quality Standards Committee which will release the comprehensive publication early next year.

It will address breakdowns in handling, draft line infections, pressure control, glasses, uneven cooling and fundamental maintenance.

More than 30% of craft beer is sold through draft according to the Brewers Association, and craft beer accounted for more than 5% of total US dollar beer sales for the first half of 2007, increasing in volume by 11%, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association.