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 Sacramento to testify for the Select Committee on Craft Brewing and Distilling
  2. Off to San Diego for the 2015 National Hombrewers Conference
  3. Off to D.C. for hill climb and SAVOR.
  4. Off to Chicago for the BMI Spring Conference
  5. Off to Grand Rapids to speak at the 2015 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference
  6. In D.C. advocating for small brewers.

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Craft Update – Q2 2015

If you missed the previous iteration, this is the second edition of a new quarterly series on the state of the craft brewing industry. Q1’s updates can be found here. For Q2 of 2015, update topics include …More

New Brewery Operations Benchmarking Data

The Brewers Association (BA) recently conducted its bi-annual comprehensive survey of America’s craft brewers to establish and share industry benchmarks and brewery operations data. This survey was developed in response to BA member requests for data that they could use to measure their businesses and in turn make them more …More

June Hop Acreage Report

Chris Swersey, Brewers Association Technical Brewing Projects Manager, provided additional input and writing for this article. Since American beer lovers apparently can’t get enough hops (IPAs are up another 42% YTD in scan data), one of the …More

Craft Update – Q1 2015

Welcome to “craft update.” The goal of this post (and future iterations) is to provide more timely updates of the craft beer industry along the lines of the State of the Industry presentation Paul Gatza …More

The Hops Market

The current growth trends in the craft beer market – more brewers, more market share, and more hoppy beers – have led some in the industry to worry about the hop supply in the future. …More

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 …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