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. Headed to San Diego for the Brewbound Session
  2. Attending the American Association of Wine Economists Conference in Walla Walla, WA
  3. Off to Chicago to speak at the Beer Marketer’s Insights conference.
  4. Hill Climb huge success. Over 250 meetings.
  5. Great meeting with the web team about the new website!

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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 only ones—Jet Blue has increased its offerings. My last flight on Frontier had me weighing …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

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)

BA Economist Bart Watson elaborates on a presentation made at the GABF Media Luncheon. This members-only resource describes how demographics of craft beer consumers have evolved over the past 15 years.

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