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. You can follow him on Twitter @BrewersStats.

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2018 Craft Brewery Growth Headlines

BA chief economist Bart Watson highlights some themes that emerged while analyzing the 2018 annual growth figures for the U.S. craft brewing industry.

Analyzing 2018 Craft Brewery Growth

BA chief economist Bart Watson provides an in-depth analysis of some themes in the 2018 annual growth figures for the U.S. craft brewing industry.

Cannabis and the Beer Industry

There is currently no evidence that marijuana legalization has had a clear effect in a singular direction on beer sales. See the evidence from Bart Watson.

Brewery Growth is Both Urban and Rural

Although the number of breweries in rural areas has increased in recent years, it is more about the growth in the number of breweries overall than population.