Insights & Analysis

What’s the Next IPA?

One of the most frequent questions I get, from brewers and media alike, is what’s the next IPA? In case you’ve spent the last decade on an arctic expedition looking for lost beer, IPAs are …More

Craft Update – Q2 2015

If you missed the previous iteration, this is the second edition of a new quarterly series on the state of the craft brewing industry. Q1’s updates can be found here. For Q2 of 2015, update topics include …More

New Brewery Operations Benchmarking Data

The Brewers Association (BA) recently conducted its bi-annual comprehensive survey of America’s craft brewers to establish and share industry benchmarks and brewery operations data. This survey was developed in response to BA member requests for …More

June Hop Acreage Report

Chris Swersey, Brewers Association Technical Brewing Projects Manager, provided additional input and writing for this article. Since American beer lovers apparently can’t get enough hops (IPAs are up another 42% YTD in scan data), one of the …More

Craft Update – Q1 2015

Welcome to “craft update.” The goal of this post (and future iterations) is to provide more timely updates of the craft beer industry along the lines of the State of the Industry presentation Paul Gatza …More

The Hops Market

The current growth trends in the craft beer market – more brewers, more market share, and more hoppy beers – have led some in the industry to worry about the hop supply in the future. …More

Craft Brewer Capacity

During the State of the Industry presentation at CBC, I presented some numbers on the general state of capacity in the craft brewing industry. Right now we estimate that there are roughly 34.6 million barrels …More

Loving Local Beer

Craft’s fundamental value proposition is that beer lovers are willing to pay a little bit more for a beer that has something more: more flavor, more variety, more local appeal. For the past year, I’ve …More

Craft Brewing Growth by the Numbers

The 2014 craft brewing growth numbers were released today. I’m a big believer in data transparency, and I know that a lot of Brewers Association brewery members (and planning members) rely on these numbers to …More