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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Craft Update: Q4 and Annual, 2015

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

2015 Craft Brewing Growth By the Numbers

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 of other statistical purposes, I wanted to write a short post breaking down how we …More

The Brewpub Advantage

BA Chief Economist Bart Watson discusses the economic advantage of brewpubs.

Diversity Amongst Craft Beer Trends

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been getting a lot of media requests trying to uncover “the hot craft beer trends for 2016.” I’m not the only one doing this, and there are a lot …More

Can Google Trends Predict Beer Sales?

It’s the end of the year, and that means end of the year lists. Favorite beers, best beer bars, and so on. As a data geek, one I always enjoy is Google’s top searches lists, …More

Beer Styles: How Preferences Vary by State

Everyone knows that India Pale Ale (IPA) is a dominant force nationally for small and independent craft brewers, but how much variation is there in style preferences across the states? Does the West Coast really …More

Craft Brewers and Cans

Given some recent changes in the canning market, I thought it would be helpful to outline the key facts/figures related to craft brewers and cans. For years, craft brewers relied heavily on two package formats, …More

GABF Medal Winners Analyzed, 2015

One of my favorite data sets to analyze every year is the GABF medal winners. Why? If you’re going to spend a huge chunk of your time looking at 1’s and 0’s, it really helps …More

U.S. Passes 4,000 Breweries

Much of the beer world’s attention in the past week was focused on the Great American Beer Festival. However, the week also brought another milestone in the resurgence of local American brewing, with the Brewers …More