Brewers Association

Facts

Craft Brewing Facts

  • Craft brewers currently provide an estimated 110,273 jobs in the U.S., including serving staff in brewpubs.
  • Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2013 was 18% by volume and 20% by dollars compared to growth in 2012 of 15% by volume and 17% by dollars.
  • Craft brewers sold an estimated 15.6 million barrels* of beer in 2013, up from 13.2 million in 2012.
  • The craft brewing sales share in 2013 was 7.8% by volume and 14.3% by dollars.
  • Craft brewer retail dollar value in 2013 was an estimated $14.3 billion.
  • As of March 17, 2014, the Brewers Association is aware of 413 brewery openings in 2013 (304 microbreweries and 109 brewpubs) and 44 brewery closings (20 microbreweries and 24 brewpubs).
  • 2,768 craft breweries operated for some or all of 2013, comprised of 1,237 brewpubs, 1,412 microbreweries and 119 regional craft breweries.

Other U.S. Brewing Industry Facts

  • Overall U.S. beer sales were down an estimated -1.9% by volume in 2013.
  • Imported beer sales were down an estimated -0.6% in 2013 and up 1.3% in 2012.
  • Overall U.S. beer sales were approximately 196,241,321 barrels and imported beer sales were 27,539,358 barrels in 2013.
  • 2,822 total breweries operated for some or all of 2013, the highest total since the 1870s.

 

* 1 barrel = 31 US gallons

Last updated on 3/17/2014

 

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