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 New Orleans for the BBD Beer Summit
  2. Off to Palm Springs for the 60th Annual American Hop Convention
  3. Off to North Carolina for the NC Craft Brewers Conference
  4. In NYC for Beer Marketer’s Insights, then Shipcompliant’s Beverage Alcohol Community Symposium
  5. Off to Las Vegas for the National Beer Wholesalers Association Convention
  6. Off to Seattle to talk at Beeronomics 2015

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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, the only place you’ll probably find “What is 0 divided by 0?”, “How do you …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

U.S. Passes 4,000 Breweries

Much of the beer world’s attention in the past week was focused on the Great American Beer Festival. However, the week also brought another milestone in the resurgence of local American brewing, with the Brewers …More

What’s the Next IPA?

One of the most frequent questions I get, from brewers and media alike, is what’s the next IPA? In case you’ve spent the last decade on an arctic expedition looking for lost beer, IPAs are …More

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 …More