I’ve written extensively about the importance of taprooms for many breweries’ business models. What I’ve never written before is how important they are becoming for overall craft growth. Through the first six months of the …More
- Headed to Sacramento for the CA Craft Brewers Summit
- Off to Eugene to speak to brewery controllers about the industry.
- Off to DC for USDA meetings, BA Hill Climb and SAVOR.
- Off to Chicago to speak at the Beer Marketer’s Insights Spring Conference
- Off to Dallas for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild Annual Meeting
- Off to New Orleans for the BBD Beer Summit
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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, for this post I decided to take a more aggressive track. I’m going to start by arguing that …More
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 …More
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
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
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
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
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
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
BA Chief Economist Bart Watson discusses the economic advantage of brewpubs.