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. In NYC for Beer Marketer’s Insights, then Shipcompliant’s Beverage Alcohol Community Symposium
  2. Off to Las Vegas for the National Beer Wholesalers Association Convention
  3. Off to Seattle to talk at Beeronomics 2015
  4. Off to Sacramento to testify for the Select Committee on Craft Brewing and Distilling
  5. Off to San Diego for the 2015 National Hombrewers Conference
  6. Off to D.C. for hill climb and SAVOR.

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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, bottles and draught. However, over the past few years, cans have been increasingly integrated into …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

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