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 Eugene to speak to brewery controllers about the industry.
  2. Off to DC for USDA meetings, BA Hill Climb and SAVOR.
  3. Off to Chicago to speak at the Beer Marketer’s Insights Spring Conference
  4. Off to Dallas for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild Annual Meeting
  5. Off to New Orleans for the BBD Beer Summit
  6. Off to Palm Springs for the 60th Annual American Hop Convention

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There Aren’t Enough Breweries!

Pardon the clickbait title. 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, …More

Examining 2016 Mid-Year Craft Brewer Trends

Craft Update: Q2 2016 The results of the Brewers Association mid-year survey were announced today, with an estimate of 8 percent growth in the first half of the year. Although the top level number is interesting in its own right, it hides a great deal of variation (perhaps even more so …More

Scan Data as a Measure of Craft Growth

In preparation for the BA’s annual mid-year release, I’ve been evaluating various data sources to fill in gaps in our survey collection. Because we typically receive fewer responses to our mid-year survey, it becomes more …More

What is Craft Brewing Growth? You Tell Us!

So as not to bury the lede–if you are a brewer, please fill out our very brief mid-year survey. Link to Survey How fast is craft brewing growing in 2016? Over the past few days, there have been …More

On-Premise Beer Data and Craft

Most of the data reported in the beer media comes from off-premise. This makes sense for a couple of reasons. First, off-premise is more than 80 percent of overall beer volume. Secondly, the data is easier to …More

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 …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

BA Chief Economist Bart Watson discusses the economic advantage of brewpubs.

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