Stats & FAQs

Brewers Association Releases Annual Growth Report

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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.


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