Although beer analysts have been generally rosy about craft beer in recent years, underlying much of the praise has been a critique about volume. Not only have some questioned craft’s ability to drive volume, but …More
Insights & Analysis
Learn about craft brewery trends, including beer styles, packaging, brewery business models, demographics, and more from the craft brewing industry’s top economist, Dr. Bart Watson.
Unless you have been on Mars for the last few days, in a cave, with your eyes shut and your fingers in your ears, you have probably heard that 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has been …More
On the Saturday Night Live skit “Coffee Talk,” one of Linda Richmond’s (Mike Myers) most famous discussion topics was the re-purposed Voltaire quip that “The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an …More
BA Economist Bart Watson elaborates on a presentation made at the GABF Media Luncheon. This members-only resource describes how demographics of craft beer consumers have evolved over the past 15 years.
One of the most common discussions I see in the aftermath of the Great American Beer Festival Competition is something along the lines of “why do California and Colorado” have so many GABF medal winners? The …More
Craft brewery closings have been getting a bit more attention in the beer press recently. Although high visibility closings are worth noting, I think there are numerous reasons why the health of the craft brewing …More
A new brewery, Liquid Mechanics, opened up last month a few miles from my house. It doesn’t have a kitchen, though you can order food from local restaurants and there are food trucks most nights. …More
As the craft industry grows and changes – many of the most interesting questions revolve around geography. What regions lead the curve on craft? Which are catching up? Where should we expect more breweries to …More
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 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 …More