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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many U.S. breweries are currently operating?

There were 9,235 craft breweries operating at the end of 2022, including 1,979 microbreweries, 3,275 brewpubs, 3,723 taproom breweries, and 258 regional craft breweries. Throughout the year, there were 529 new brewery openings and 319 closings.
Find more industry figures in the Stats and Data section.

Is the industry growing?

In 2022, small and independent brewers collectively produced 24.3 million barrels of beer, roughly on par with 2021. Because the overall beer market declined ~3%, craft’s overall beer market share by volume rose slightly to 13.2%.
Read the latest statistics press release.

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

Consult the State Stats page to learn more. State statistics are now updated through the end of 2021.

What is a craft brewery?

An American craft brewer is a small and independent brewer. Learn more about the craft brewer definition and the different market segments in the craft beer industry.

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

In 2022, the retail dollar value of craft beer was estimated at $28.4 billion, representing 24.6% market share.
Read more about the overall industry trends.

National Statistics

Sales Data

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Production Data

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Press inquiries: Identify the Brewers Association (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

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Applications Now Open for the CBC 2025 Seminar Subcommittee

Applications are now open to join the Craft Brewers Conference 2025 Seminar Subcommittee. Apply by Friday, June 21.Read More

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Brewers Association Formalizes OSHA Alliance Ambassadorship

This ambassadorship strengthens the alliance initiated in 2019 and aims to further enhance safe work practices in the craft brewing industry.Read More

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Brewers Association Engages With Key Agricultural Partners

The BA attended key agricultural partner conferences and participated in lobbying activities this winter to keep the supply chain strong.Read More

Brewers Association Welcomes Largest Number of Brewery Start-Ups in Mentorship Program History  Spring 2024 mentorship cohort members

Brewers Association Welcomes Largest Number of Brewery Start-Ups in Mentorship Program History 

Learn more about the BA Mentorship Program’s spring cohort and its mission to remove barriers to entry and advancement in craft brewing.Read More

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.

Please email Meg Papanastassiou or call 970-963-4873 x 1212 to set up a meeting with one of our spokespersons.

Bart Watson, Ph.D., Vice President of Strategy & 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 Bart 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 Paul.

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

See Paul Gatza’s recent articles

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Ann Obenchain, Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Ann develops and leads the strategic direction of all BA marketing and communications 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 Ann 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

Agency Contacts

General Media & Stock Image Inquiries

Email Meg Papanastassiou or call 970.963.4873 x212

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Legislative Public Affairs Inquiries

Email Ann Obenchain or 720.473.5341

Media Library

The Brewers Association is pleased to offer a wide variety of images to qualified journalists. Please contact Meg Papanastassiou 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
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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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

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 craft brewing movement


  • 2024 – John Pinkerton, Moon River Brewing Co.
  • 2023 – Jessica and Richard Fierro, Atrevida Beer Co.
  • 2022 – Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery
  • 2021 – John Mallett, Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
  • 2020 – Oscar Wong, Highland Brewing Co.
  • 2019 – Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewing Company
  • 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 for the Brewers Association Recognition Award are accepted on a rolling basis by completing this form.

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.


  • 2024 – Eric Orlando, The Zita Group, and the Brewers Guild of New Jersey
  • 2023 – Ret. Representative Peter DeFazio
  • 2022 – Sam Hendler, Jack’s Abby
  • 2021 – Pamela Brulotte, Icicle Brewing Co.
  • 2020 – Adam DeBower, Austin Beerworks
  • 2019 – Danielle D’Alessandro, Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
  • 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 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.

Nominations for the F.X. Matt Defense of the Craft Brewing Industry Award are accepted on a rolling basis by completing this form.

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.


  • 2024 – Tonya Cornett, 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
  • 2023 – Ben Edmunds, Breakside Brewery
  • 2022 – Karl Ockert, Karl Ockert Brewing Services
  • 2021 – Steven Pauwels, Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • 2020 – Brendan McGivney, Odell Brewing Co.
  • 2019 – Lauren Woods Limbach, New Belgium Brewing Company
  • 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 for the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing Award are accepted on a rolling basis by completing this form.

Mentor of the Year

The Brewers Association recognizes a volunteer mentor for their outstanding mentorship and for demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to championing those who experience barriers to access and advancement in their professional journeys.


  • 2024 – Laura Lodge, Customized Craft Beer Programs, LLC
  • 2023 – Julie Rhodes, Not Your Hobby Marketing Solutions
  • 2022 – Annette May, Schoolcraft College Brewing and Distillation Technology, and Ramon Tamayo, Magnolia Brewing Co.

Nominations for the Mentor of the Year Award are submitted directly by participants of the Brewers Association Mentorship Program.

Brewers Association Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year

The Brewers Association (BA) formerly presented the Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year Award. The award recognized an American beer distributor who went above and beyond in their efforts to actively market, sell, and promote beer from small and independent brewers.



Elite Brands of Colorado – Denver, CO


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:


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

Achievement – Windy City Distributing, LLC – IL

Recognition – Maletis Beverage – OR


Winner – DeCrescente Distributing Company – NY

Achievement – Central States Beverage Company – MO

Recognition – Mussetter Beverage – CA


Winner – Brown Distributing Company – FL

Achievement – DeCrescente Distributing Company – NY

Recognition – Tryon Distributing – NC


Winner – Powers Distributing Company – MI

Achievement – J.J. Taylor Distributing – FL

Recognition – Gretz Beer Company – PA


Winner – Imperial Beverage – MI

Achievement – Andrews Distributing – TX

Recognition – L. Knife & Son – MA


Winner – Origlio Beverage – PA

Achievement – National Distributing Company of New Mexico – NM

Recognition – Muller, Inc. – PA


Winner – Click Wholesale Distributing – WA

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

Recognition – Little Guy Distributing – AZ


Winner – Monarch Beverage Company – IN

Achievement – Louis Glunz, Inc. – IL

Recognition – Cavalier Distributing Co. – OH

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