Press Room

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How many U.S. breweries are currently operating?

7,231 at the end of 2018. There were 7,450 that operated for all or part of 2018 with 219 closings. 99% of those (7,346) were small and independent craft brewers.
Find more industry figures in the Statistics section.

Is the industry growing?

It has increased production by 4% during 2018.
Read the latest statistics press release.

Does my state’s brewery production compare to the rest of the U.S.?

Consult the State or Map in the Statistic section to learn more. 2018 state statistics will be updated in April, 2018.

What is a craft brewery?

Learn about the different market segments and terminology.

How does the craft brewing segment compare to the overall beer market?

Craft brewed beer accounts for 24.1% market share by dollars and 13.2% share by volume in 2018.
Read about the overall industry trends.

Statistics

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Contact:

Press inquiries: Identify the BA media contact whose area of expertise matches your inquiry. Or, if you’ve worked with a BA spokesperson before, feel free to contact them directly.

Questions about industry statistics? Feel free to contact the BA’s chief economist, Bart Watson, Ph.D: 303-447-0816 x133.


Press Releases

Media Contacts

The Brewers Association has staff experts that are available to the media to help with your story. Please visit the Statistics section of this website prior to setting up your media call.

Media that have not worked with BA staff before should review the spokesperson profiles below and email the appropriate contact based on the nature of the inquiry. Media that have worked with Julia Herz or Paul Gatza may set a media appointment directly by emailing them. Please state your deadline and whether you would prefer an email reply or telephone appointment.

Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director

Julia is a beer educator and voice for U.S. craft breweries. She is also the publisher of CraftBeer.com, the BA’s beer lover facing website. Email her at julia@brewersassociation.org and follow her on Twitter @HerzMuses.

Areas of expertise: The state of beer in the U.S., craft brewer and marketplace trends, beer industry statistics, beer styles, beer pairing, the brewing process and ingredients

See Julia Herz’s recent articles

Bart Watson, Ph.D., Chief Economist

Bart is in charge of the BA’s statistical resources, including production surveys, economic analysis, and market research. In addition to providing industry data for members, his responsibilities include interacting with the media on economic and statistical issues. Email him at bart@brewersassociation.org and follow him on Twitter @BrewersStats.

Areas of expertise: Beer industry stats, craft beer market, economics of craft beer

See Bart Watson’s recent articles

Paul Gatza, Senior Vice President, Professional Brewing Division

Paul’s responsibilities include serving as a spokesman with the media for the national perspective on craft brewing and the enjoyment of craft beer, maintaining industry statistics, and helping BA members get information for their businesses. Email him at paul@brewersassociation.org.

Areas of expertise: Societal trends in relation to craft brewers, regulations and government affairs, brewing history

See Paul Gatza’s recent articles

Ann Obenchain, Marketing Director

Ann develops and leads the strategic direction of all BA marketing activities, including key events such as the Great American Beer Festival. Ann serves as spokesperson with the media for BA events, including Great American Beer Festival, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America, World Beer Cup, Homebrew Con, and SAVOR. Email her at ann@brewersassociation.org and follow her on Twitter @AnnObenchain.

Areas of expertise: Event statistics and trends, general BA information

Read Ann’s marketing tips in her bi-monthly column in The New Brewer

Legislative Public Affairs Inquiries:

Maggie McClain, Banner Public Affairs 703.485.6551

General Media & Stock Image Inquiries:

Calvin Bond, Backbone Media 970.963.4873 x262

Janelle Huelsman, Backbone Media 970.963.4873 x116

Media Library

The Brewers Association is pleased to offer a wide variety of images to qualified journalists.Please contact  Calvin Bond with your needs. Your request will be processed within two business days. If you are on an immediate deadline, please indicate that in your initial request.


Event Images

Please visit these event websites for hi-resolution images.

Great American Beer Festival
SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience
Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America
World Beer Cup


Press Inquiries

Identify the BA Media Contact whose area of expertise matches your inquiry. Or, if you’ve worked with a BA spokesperson before, feel free to contact them directly.


Media Application

Members of the media that are not already receiving information from the Brewers Association (BA) are invited to apply to be added to our media list. Throughout the year the BA disseminates a series of releases on the association news, and small and independent craft brewers.

By filling out this form you are applying to receive BA press releases as a journalist who covers beer. If you are not a media representative please do not apply.

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Awards

Since 1987, the Brewers Association has been recognizing individuals who inspire, defend and innovate within the craft brewing industry.

In addition to the individual awards for brewers, the BA also conducts two prestigious national and international brewing competitions.

Brewing Competitions

Great American Beer Festival
World Beer Cup (biannual)

Individual Awards


Brewers Association Recognition Award

The Brewers Association Recognition Award is presented each year to an individual or company whose inspiration, enthusiasm and support have contributed to the brewpub and microbrewery movement.

Recipients

2018 – Charles Bamforth, UC Davis

2017 – Vinnie & Natalie Cilurzo, Russian River Brewing Co.

2016 – Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Brewery

2015 – Dave and Diane Alexander, Brickskeller

2014 – Teri Fahrendorf, Founder of Pink Boots Society

2013 – Art Larrance, Cascade Brewing/Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

2012 – Doug Odell, Wynne Odell and Corkie Odell, Odell Brewing Co.

2011 – John McDonald, Boulevard Brewing Co.

2010 – Larry Bell, Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

2009 – Ken Allen, Anderson Valley Brewing Co.

2008 – Dr. Michael Lewis, U.C. Davis

2007 – Jack McAuliffe, New Albion Brewing Co.

2006 – Chuck Skypeck, Boscos Brewing Co.

2005 – Carol Stoudt, Stoudts Brewing Company

2004 – Jack Joyce, Rogue Ales

2003 – Mary-Anne Gruber, Briess Malting Co.

2002 – George Fix, Clemson University

2001 – Jim and Bobbie Kennedy, Admiralty Beverage Russell

2000 – Ralph Olson and Ralph Woodall, Hopunion CBS, LLC

1999 – Bill Owens, American Brewer Magazine

1998 – Charles Finkel, Merchant du Vin

1997 – Jim Koch and Rhonda Kallman, Boston Beer Co.

1996 – Karl Strauss, Karl M. Strauss Consulting

1995 – John Hickenlooper and Russell Schehrer, Wynkoop Brewing Co.

1994 – Fred Scheer, Frankenmuth Brewery

1993 – Jeff Mendel, Institute for Brewing Studies

1992 – Paul Shipman, Red Hook Ale Brewery

1991 – Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

1990 – Bert Grant, Yakima Brewing and Malting

1989 – Roger Briess, Briess Malting Co.

1988 – Fritz Maytag, Anchor Brewing Co.

1987 – Michael Jackson

Nominations

The call for nominations is announced on the Brewers Association Forum and begins approximately three months before the Craft Brewers Conference. The Brewers Association Board of Directors votes to determine the winner.


F.X. Matt Defense of the Craft Brewing Industry Award

This award is named for the late F.X. Matt, president of the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. in Utica, N.Y., from 1980-1989, and a tireless and outspoken champion for the small brewing industry.

Recipients

2018 – Nancy Palmer, Georgia Craft Brewers Guild

2017 – Matt McLaughlin, McLaughlin, PC/Mississippi Brewers Guild

2016 – Nick Matt, F.X. Matt Brewing Co.

2015 – Brook Bristow, South Carolina Brewers Guild

2014 – Jester King Brewery, Austin, Texas

2013 – David Katleski, New York State Craft Brewers Guild/Empire Brewing Co

2012 – Tom McCormick, California Craft Brewers Association

2011 – Dan Kopman,St. Louis Brewery/Schlafly Beer

2010 – Steve Hindy, The Brooklyn Brewery

2009 – Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing Company

2008 – John Carlson, Colorado Brewers Guild

2007 – George Hancock, Pyramid Brewing Co.

2006 – Daniel Bradford, past BAA President

2005 – Marc Sorini, McDermott Will & Emery

2004 – Marc Sorini, BAA Counsel

2003 – Jim Parker, Oregon Brewers Guild

2002 – Mike McKinney, Texas Wholesalers Association

2001 – David Edgar, Past Institute for Brewing Studies Director

2000 – Fred Bowman, Portland Brewing Co.

Nominations

Nominations are open to individuals who have given aid and support to the causes of small, independent brewers, and by doing so have supported the Brewers Association’s goal of vigorously defending the craft beer industry.

Call for nominations is announced on the Brewers Association Forum and begins approximately three months before the Craft Brewers Conference.


Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing

Russell Schehrer was a founding partner and the original head brewer at Denver’s Wynkoop Brewing Company. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 38. While he will always be fondly remembered for his special charm and sense of humor that knew no boundaries, the Brewers Association continues to honor Russell for his contributions to the brewing industry. Besides helping establish the first brewpub in Colorado, he was the first (or one of the first) microbrewers to produce mead, doppel alt, cream stout and chili beer.

Recipients

2018 – Tomme Arthur, Port Brewing Co./The Lost Abbey

2017 – Will Meyers, Cambridge Brewing Co.

2016 – Jason Perkins, Allagash Brewing Co.

2015 – Steve Dresler, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

2014 – Mitch Steele, Stone Brewering Company

2013 – Peter Bouckaert, New Belgium Brewing Co.

2012 – James Ottolini, St. Louis Brewery, Inc.

2011 – Jennifer Talley, Squatters Pub Brewery/Salt Lake Brewing Co.

2010 – Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

2009 – Steve Parkes, American Brewers Guild

2008 – Vinnie Cilurzo, Russian River Brewing Company

2007 – Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker Brewing Company

2006 – Dan Carey, New Glarus Brewing Company

2005 – Greg Noonan, Vermont Pub and Brewery

2004 – Dick Cantwell, Elysian Brewing Company

2003 – Phil Markowski, Southampton Publick House

2002 – John Mallett, Kalamazoo Brewing Co.

2001 – John Harris, Full Sail Brewing Co.

2000 – Mark Carpenter, Anchor Brewing Co.

1999 – Fal Allen, Pike Brewing; Anderson Valley Brewing Co.

1998 – Garrett Oliver, The Brooklyn Brewery

1997 – John Maier, Oregon Brewing Co./Rogue Ales

Nominations

Call for nominations is announced on the Brewers Association Forum and begins approximately three months before the Craft Brewers Conference. The winner is determined by vote from a committee made up of members of the Brewers Association advisory board.


Brewers Association Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year

The Brewers Association (BA) seeks nominations for the annual Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year Award. The award recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to actively market, sell and promote beer from small and independent brewers.

Recipients

2017

Elite Brands of Colorado – Denver, CO

2016

Odom Corporation – Coeur d’Alene, ID

From 2007 through 2014, the Brewers Association partnered with the National Beer Wholesalers Association to present the Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award, Achievement Award and Recognition Award. The history of those award recipients is below:

2014

Winner – J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. – FL

Achievement – Windy City Distributing, LLC – IL

Recognition – Maletis Beverage – OR

2013

Winner – DeCrescente Distributing Company – NY

Achievement – Central States Beverage Company – MO

Recognition – Mussetter Beverage – CA

2012

Winner – Brown Distributing Company – FL

Achievement – DeCrescente Distributing Company – NY

Recognition – Tryon Distributing – NC

2011

Winner – Powers Distributing Company – MI

Achievement – J.J. Taylor Distributing – FL

Recognition – Gretz Beer Company – PA

2010

Winner – Imperial Beverage – MI

Achievement – Andrews Distributing – TX

Recognition – L. Knife & Son – MA

2009

Winner – Origlio Beverage – PA

Achievement – National Distributing Company of New Mexico – NM

Recognition – Muller, Inc. – PA

2008

Winner – Click Wholesale Distributing – WA

Achievement – Premium Distributors of Washington, D.C., LLC – DC

Recognition – Little Guy Distributing – AZ

2007

Winner – Monarch Beverage Company – IN

Achievement – Louis Glunz, Inc. – IL

Recognition – Cavalier Distributing Co. – OH

Nominations

Nominations are due in mid to late-February. The award is presented at the Craft Brewers Conference hosted by the Brewers Association. For more details, please visit the official nomination form or the BA’s distributor considerations page for information on the criteria used to select the winner.