Two hundred and fifty breweries opened in the United States in 2011, providing one of many bright spots in a year in which craft brewer volumes grew 13%.
Craft brewpubs turned out 768,536 barrels of beer in 2011, a 5.6% increase over the 727,547 barrels produced in 2010.
In 2011, the headlines were about new local breweries, ongoing growth, and the hundreds of breweries in planning. The sheer number has become a conversation itself.
Almost every regional craft brewery seems to have either undergone a major expansion or has drawn up blueprints for a build-out. Also, 11 more breweries joined the category.
The big brewers in 2011 seem to have woken up and at least have recognized the challenges posed by craft beer, spirits, wine, and non-alcoholic energy drinks.
Dan Wandel presents channel shift, beverage alcohol dollar changes across CPG channels, and stats on dollar shares at U.S. supermarkets.Read More
For the May/June 2012 The New Brewer, we present our annual Industry Review issue. In this issue, we take a look at craft breweries’ performance in 2012 in each category: brewpubs, microbreweries, and regional breweries, as well as large breweries and imports. Read More
This issue is brought to you by Ardagh Group
Join this Brewers Association Power Hour with IRI's Dan Wandel covering the overall beer category in 2011, as well as specific craft beer trends.Read More
Most breweries lack a data-driven infrastructure offering the information needed for decision-making in an environment experiencing exponential growth.
Craft beer is part of a much larger phenomenon, rooted in a long-term evolution of American society and culture that’s still progressing.