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 Kalamazoo for the MI Brewers Guild Annual Conference & Trade Show
  2. Off to San Diego to speak at the Brewbound Session
  3. Headed to Chicago to speak at the NBWA Annual Convention
  4. Headed to Sacramento for the CA Craft Brewers Summit
  5. Off to Eugene to speak to brewery controllers about the industry.
  6. Off to DC for USDA meetings, BA Hill Climb and SAVOR.

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2017 Predictions: Craft Beer Style Trends

I’ve been asked by a couple of BA members about my predictions for style trends in 2017. Let me start by saying that figuring out what other people will like in the future is pretty …More

Brand Level Growth Shows Future Challenges

Most of what I write about involves grand category averages. What determines category growth or decline, however, happens at a lower, brand level of aggregation. To that end, I decided to see how individual brands–both new and existing–performed in 2016. The results illustrate many of the challenges that craft as …More

Marijuana and the Beer Industry

There have been some reports in recent weeks which suggest that marijuana legalization is creating some drag on beer sales in states like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon (and there have also been reports arguing the …More

Premiumization, Prices, and Positioning

The beer business is currently experiencing what is often referred to as a “premiumization” trend, or a period where beer lovers trade up across the beer aisle. This isn’t the first premiumization trend beer has …More

2016 GABF Medal Winners Analyzed

Another year, another record number of entries for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Once again, all 50 states entered the competition with 19 states sending more than 100 entries—up from 18 states in 2015. In …More

Has the Slowdown in Growth Continued?

Q3 Update The mid-year production survey made clear that craft brewing growth has slowed in 2016, but did that deceleration continue in the third quarter of the year? The answer is complicated, and illustrates the difficulty in nailing …More

Colorado Brewery Licenses – October 2016

A map of the 364 active brewery licenses in Colorado. Data comes from the Colorado Department of Revenue. While all of these licenses are active, many breweries shown on the map may still be in …More

Breweries: A New Epicenter of On-Premise Growth?

I’ve written extensively about the importance of taprooms for many breweries’ business models. What I’ve never written before is how important they are becoming for overall craft growth. Through the first six months of the …More

Brewery Number Built on Consumer Demand

Despite a decade of success, I STILL get calls asking if the current growth in the craft industry is a bubble. Since apparently no number of “non-bubble” posts can dispel this notion, for this post …More