Bart Watson

Bart Watson, Chief Economist for the Brewers Association, is a stats geek, beer lover, and Certified Cicerone®. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where in addition to his dissertation, he completed a comprehensive survey of Bay Area brewpubs one pint at a time.

  1. Off to Grand Rapids to speak at the 2015 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference
  2. In D.C. advocating for small brewers.
  3. Off to Las Vegas to speak at the National Grocers Association
  4. Off to San Diego to talk about hops
  5. Headed to FL for BBD Beer Summit
  6. Headed to San Diego for the Brewbound Session
  7. Attending the American Association of Wine Economists Conference in Walla Walla, WA
  8. Off to Chicago to speak at the Beer Marketer’s Insights conference.
  9. Hill Climb huge success. Over 250 meetings.
  10. Great meeting with the web team about the new website!

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Craft Brewer Capacity

During the State of the Industry presentation at CBC, I presented some numbers on the general state of capacity in the craft brewing industry. Right now we estimate that there are roughly 34.6 million barrels …More

Brewery Operations and Benchmarking Survey

First, let me start this post with a thank you. Thanks to the almost 450 breweries that have started and filled out some portion of the Brewery Operations and Benchmarking Survey (BOBS) and an even bigger thank you to the ~200 breweries that have completed the entire survey. Here’s why every …More

Loving Local Beer

Craft’s fundamental value proposition is that beer lovers are willing to pay a little bit more for a beer that has something more: more flavor, more variety, more local appeal. For the past year, I’ve …More

Craft Brewing Growth by the Numbers

The 2014 craft brewing growth numbers were released today. I’m a big believer in data transparency, and I know that a lot of Brewers Association brewery members (and planning members) rely on these numbers to …More

Local Lagers Looming

Although a big part of craft beer’s strength lies in its diversity of styles, there are certainly trends in beer lover preferences that make particular styles or groups of styles rise to the top. In …More

Brewery Consolidation Is Not Inevitable

In the 2015 world of craft brewing, every week seems to bring news of a new acquisition or merger. Given this recent flurry of deals in the craft beer community, I’ve begun to hear a …More

Franchise Laws: Leveling the Playing Field

The Reyes Beverage Group’s recent acquisition of Gold Coast in Florida highlighted a trend that anyone in the beer business already knows. Beer wholesalers are getting bigger. When you include Anheuser-Busch InBev branches, the top …More

Craft at 35,000 Feet

Dear airline executives (particularly those at United and American), You may have noticed recently that Delta Airlines is now offering a variety of beers from regional craft brewers on some of its domestic routes—they aren’t the …More

Craft Beer Is Key to U.S. Beer Industry Growth

Although beer analysts have been generally rosy about craft beer in recent years, underlying much of the praise has been a critique about volume. Not only have some questioned craft’s ability to drive volume, but …More

Why Brewery Independence Matters

Unless you have been on Mars for the last few days, in a cave, with your eyes shut and your fingers in your ears, you have probably heard that 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has been …More