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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Why Beer Style Growth May Not Matter For Your Brand

The last time I looked at styles, I spent some time looking at the general growth of style categories. This is probably one of the top two or three questions I receive; some variant of “how is X style doing?” But often what matters more than the growth of a …More

An Economist’s Take on Take Craft Back

As you’re probably aware, Take Craft Back has launched the largest crowdfunding campaign of all time, aiming to raise $213 billion to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev.  The campaign notes that “it only seems impossible if you …More

2017 GABF Medal Winners Analyzed

Happy October everyone! The end of Oktoberfest means it’s time for my favorite blog post of you year: analyzing the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) winners! Frequent readers of the Insights and Analysis section (you …More

Do You Know Who Buys Your Beer?

One of the most common data requests from members concerns the demographics of craft beer drinkers (note to members: check out the recent Nielsen Power Hours for last of demographic data). For many breweries, however, …More

The Demographics of Brewery Visitors

If you tuned into last week’s Power Hour, you may have heard the team from Nielsen share some of the data from our Craft Insights Panel (CIP) on why people visit breweries. You may have …More

An Inside Look at Mid-Year Craft Beer Growth Data

The annual mid-year growth estimate is out, and at first glance it may seem like the industry headwinds are increasing, as small and independent brewers continue to see growth decelerate. That said, I think there …More

Digging Deeper Into Beer Styles

The IRI Group has recently reworked their beer styles data and the results provide new insights into the changing nature of craft brewing over time. Their data can now be broken into approximately 100 styles, …More

Do Tasting Rooms Support Market Growth?

Does a tasting room help you grow your brand in distribution? In 2016, 9.4% of sales from small and independent brewers occurred at the brewery—up from 7% in 2015. That increasing percentage may cause some …More