Industry Review Issue
For the May/June 2016 The New Brewer, we present our annual industry review, recapping the statistics and highlights for 2015 for the craft brewing industry. This marks our biggest-ever issue of The New Brewer, with 264 pages of industry analysis broken out by categories, brewery barrelage numbers, and 2015 brewery openings and closings, and photos from the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® and World Beer CupSM in Philadelphia.
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Craft Grows in a Competitive Environment
Craft brewers added 2.8 million barrels in 2015, and 620 new breweries opened. At the same time, craft beer’s growth continues to evolve as competition increases.
By Bart Watson and Paul Gatza
Brewpubs: Upping their Games
Brewpubs compete with restaurants, gastropubs, and virtually any venue that offers food and drink. In 2015, the 1,645 brewpubs in operation posted almost 10-percent growth.
By Jack Curtin
Micros: Riding the Wave
Not only did more microbreweries open than ever before in 2015, but more also grew into regional breweries. Still, the category grew an impressive 24 percent.
By Stan Hieronymus
Regionals: Feeling the Squeeze
The spate of high-profile deals recently has had several prominent craft brewers circling the wagons and loudly and proudly declaring their independence.
By Greg Kitsock
Imports + Large Breweries: Let the Games Begin
The big brewers have taken off the gloves and are going directly after craft brewers—both figuratively in their marketing, and literally through acquisitions.
By Harry Schuhmacher
This special issue also includes all of our usual departments, with news about the craft brewing community in the Brewery Updates, Distribution News, and Beer Releases sections; and new products and services from the allied trade in our Industry Supplier News section. In our back page interview, we highlight Jennifer Glanville, brewery manager for the Boston Beer Company.
Cheers, and we hope you enjoy this issue of The New Brewer.
- Jill Redding
- The New Brewer