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.

  1. Headed to Yakima to speak at Humulus U
  2. On my way to Orlando to speak at the Florida Brewers Conference.
  3. Off to Duluth to speak at the MN Craft Brewers Guild Business & Technical Conference
  4. was in Minneapolis to speak at Homebrew Con and the Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference.
  5. In Washington DC this week for meetings and then SAVOR.
  6. Had a great visit with the Hawaii Craft Brewers Guild – now in Chicago for the Beer Marketers Insights Spring Seminar.

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Craft Brewers Drive Volume Growth

Today, the National Beer Wholesaler’s Association (NBWA) released the list of finalists for the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the year award. Every year, this award highlights the close ties between wholesalers and craft brewers. …More

A Cheers to Craft Beer Choices

A recent article in the popular press suggested that the growing number of craft beer choices might not be good for beer drinkers, arguing that for consumers, more options are confusing. Although I have a number of issues with this argument (the central tenet of economics is pretty much that increasing competition …More

How Many Breweries Can the US Take?

A recent report by NBWA Chief Economist Lester Jones states that the number of brewery permits has topped 4,500. For many, I’m sure this begs the question: what if all of those breweries open? Can …More

The Pumpkin Beers Are Coming

A couple of months back, I noted that IPAs had finally caught up with seasonals in annual scan data sales. Well, here we are seven months on, and the race for 2014 doesn’t even seem …More

The (Non) Beer Bubble, Part Deux

So despite my earlier efforts to dispel the notion that the number of breweries in this country represents some sort of bubble, “are we at the saturation point?” or “is this a beer bubble?” continues …More

The Timing of Craft Sales

When do craft beer sales occur across the course of the year? Or put differently, do craft brewers sell more beer in the first six months of the year or the second six months? This …More

U.S. Brewery Count Tops 3,000

The American brewing industry reached another milestone at the end of June, with more than 3,000 breweries operating for all or part of the month (3,040 to be precise). Although precise numbers from the 19th …More

Continued Growth Amidst SKU Proliferation

One common worry I hear about in the craft beer space is the ongoing proliferation of SKUs. Is there enough shelf space? Are their enough tap handles? These questions typically are based on blunt measures, …More

A Fistful of Hops

The craft beer story du jour is about how America’s insatiable love of IPAs and the craft brewers who brew them is driving up the price of hops. Now, I have no issue with the idea …More