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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Has the Slowdown in Growth Continued?

Q3 Update The mid-year production survey made clear that craft brewing growth has slowed in 2016, but did that deceleration continue in the third quarter of the year? The answer is complicated, and illustrates the difficulty in nailing …More

Colorado Brewery Licenses – October 2016

A map of the 364 active brewery licenses in Colorado. Data comes from the Colorado Department of Revenue. While all of these licenses are active, many breweries shown on the map may still be in planning. Colors represent license types: Gold = Manufacturer Red = Brew Pub (city) Brown = Brew Pub (county)

Breweries: A New Epicenter of On-Premise Growth?

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

Brewery Number Built on Consumer Demand

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 …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 …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