Industry Review Issue
For the May/June 2018 The New Brewer, we present our annual Industry Review, recapping the statistics and highlights for the craft brewing industry in 2017. This marks our biggest-ever issue of The New Brewer, with 312 pages of industry analysis broken out by categories, brewery barrelage numbers, and 2017 brewery openings and closings. We also include photos from the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® and World Beer Cup® in Nashville, Tenn.
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Evolving in a Changing Landscape
It’s no wonder that many brewers seem to have whiplash, trying to keep track of all the changes, both internal and external, impacting the craft community.
By Paul Gatza and Bart Watson
Brewpubs: Staying Power
Brewpubs have the wind at their backs. In 2017, 264 brewpubs opened, 64 closed, and the total in operation surpassed 2,000 for the second straight year.
By Stan Hieronymus
Micros: Still Driving Growth
Microbreweries are once again the primary engine in craft growth, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the category’s total growth in 2017.
By Jack Curtin
Regionals: Rolling with the Punches
How do you react when your backyard is becoming ever more crowded and competitive, and you’re in danger of getting elbowed off your own turf? You adapt.
By Greg Kitsock
Large Breweries + Imports: High End Fuels Growth
Imports, craft beer, flavored malt beverages, and Michelob ULTRA are driving 100 percent of the growth in an overall flat U.S. beer industry.
By Harry Schuhmacher
This issue also includes some of our usual informative departments, plus brewery-generated 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 Industry Supplier News. In our back-page interview, we highlight Betty Bollas of Fibonacci Brewing in Mount Healthy, Ohio.
Cheers, and we hope you enjoy this issue of The New Brewer.
- Jill Redding
- The New Brewer