Bart Watson

Bart Watson, Chief Economist for the Brewers Association, is a stats geek and beer lover. 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. Attending the American Association of Wine Economists Conference in Walla Walla, WA
  2. Off to Chicago to speak at the Beer Marketer’s Insights conference.
  3. Hill Climb huge success. Over 250 meetings.
  4. Great meeting with the web team about the new website!

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Know Thyself

On the Saturday Night Live skit “Coffee Talk,” one of Linda Richmond’s (Mike Myers) most famous discussion topics was the re-purposed Voltaire quip that “The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an …More

The Demographics of Craft Beer Lovers (Members Only)

Note: This blog elaborates on a presentation I made the GABF Media Luncheon. Download that presentation here. Back in 1998, and then again in 2001, The New Brewer published results from the National Beer Survey (NBS), led by Dr. John Robinson from the Survey Research Center of the University of Maryland. …More

GABF Medal Winners Analyzed

One of the most common discussions I see in the aftermath of the Great American Beer Festival Competition is something along the lines of “why do California and Colorado” have so many GABF medal winners? The …More

Closings Signal Competition, Not Problems

Craft brewery closings have been getting a bit more attention in the beer press recently. Although high visibility closings are worth noting, I think there are numerous reasons why the health of the craft brewing …More

The Rise of the Microbrewery Tap Room

A new brewery, Liquid Mechanics, opened up last month a few miles from my house. It doesn’t have a kitchen, though you can order food from local restaurants and there are food trucks most nights. …More

Where the Craft Breweries Are

As the craft industry grows and changes – many of the most interesting questions revolve around geography. What regions lead the curve on craft? Which are catching up? Where should we expect more breweries to …More

Craft Brewers Drive Volume Growth

Today, the National Beer Wholesaler’s Association (NBWA) released the list of finalists for the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the year award. Every year, this award highlights the close ties between wholesalers and craft brewers. …More

A Cheers to Craft Beer Choices

A recent article in the popular press suggested that the growing number of craft beer choices might not be good for beer drinkers, arguing that for consumers, more options are confusing. Although I have a number of …More

How Many Breweries Can the US Take?

A recent report by NBWA Chief Economist Lester Jones states that the number of brewery permits has topped 4,500. For many, I’m sure this begs the question: what if all of those breweries open? Can …More

The Pumpkin Beers Are Coming

A couple of months back, I noted that IPAs had finally caught up with seasonals in annual scan data sales. Well, here we are seven months on, and the race for 2014 doesn’t even seem …More