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 Chicago to speak at the Beer Marketer’s Insights Spring Conference
  2. Off to Dallas for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild Annual Meeting
  3. Off to New Orleans for the BBD Beer Summit
  4. Off to Palm Springs for the 60th Annual American Hop Convention
  5. Off to North Carolina for the NC Craft Brewers Conference
  6. In NYC for Beer Marketer’s Insights, then Shipcompliant’s Beverage Alcohol Community Symposium

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The Growth of On-site Beer Sales in 2015

One of the most interesting developments in craft business models in recent years has been the increasing importance of on-site beer sales, particularly for small production breweries. On-site sales at the brewery are not new …More

Craft Update: Q4 and Annual, 2015

Here is the latest on the state of the craft brewing industry. Topics Growth Styles NBWA’s Beer Industry Review State Reports: Illinois Brewery Numbers What’s Next? Growth Another year has come and gone and brought with it another year of double-digit production growth. The final annual production total came to 24.5 million barrels, which does include exports, representing 13 percent …More

2015 Craft Brewing Growth By the Numbers

The 2015 craft brewing growth numbers were released today. Since I know that a lot of Brewers Association brewery (and brewery-in-planning) members rely on these numbers to benchmark performance, apply for loans and a variety …More

The Brewpub Advantage

  This article was originally published in the January/February 2016 issue of The New Brewer—a bi-monthly journal published by the Brewers Association.     The basic concept of the brewpub, pairing beer and food made onsite, is neither new nor particularly novel—taverns have …More

Diversity Amongst Craft Beer Trends

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been getting a lot of media requests trying to uncover “the hot craft beer trends for 2016.” I’m not the only one doing this, and there are a lot …More

Can Google Trends Predict Beer Sales?

It’s the end of the year, and that means end of the year lists. Favorite beers, best beer bars, and so on. As a data geek, one I always enjoy is Google’s top searches lists, …More

Beer Styles: How Preferences Vary by State

Everyone knows that India Pale Ale (IPA) is a dominant force nationally for small and independent craft brewers, but how much variation is there in style preferences across the states? Does the West Coast really …More

Craft Brewers and Cans

Given some recent changes in the canning market, I thought it would be helpful to outline the key facts/figures related to craft brewers and cans. For years, craft brewers relied heavily on two package formats, …More

GABF Medal Winners Analyzed, 2015

One of my favorite data sets to analyze every year is the GABF medal winners. Why? If you’re going to spend a huge chunk of your time looking at 1’s and 0’s, it really helps …More