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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Analyzing 2017 Craft Brewery Growth

Recently, I outlined the mechanics of coming up with our small and independent craft brewery growth numbers. Today, I want to delve a bit deeper into those numbers and try to describe the changing nature …More

Brewery Onsite Sales [Members Only Data]

The data below provides a deeper dive into onsite sales by brewery type and business size. I’ve included both 2016 and 2017 data. The changes between those two years should be interpreted with some caution, as they may result either from changes in our sample respondents or actual changes year-over-year. …More

Tasting Rooms are Part of the Solution

Because of the easy availability of scanner data, most of what we read about the industry comes from the off-premise. For craft, however, nearly 40% of its market occurs in the on-premise, a market which …More

Increased TTB Funding Benefits Small Brewers

For several years, the Brewers Association (BA) has pushed for full funding for the primary federal regulatory agency responsible for the brewing industry—the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). The BA has not …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