Industry Review Issue
It’s the big one! The May/June 2019 The New Brewer recaps the statistics and highlights for the craft brewing industry in 2018, a year in which craft brewers still posted 4 percent growth despite new challenges and increasing competition. The annual Industry Review includes an overview and analysis of each segment of the U.S. brewing industry (Brewpubs, Micros, Regionals, and Large + Imports), plus brewery barrelage numbers and 2018 openings and closings.
We also include photos and a synopsis from the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® in Denver.
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2018 Overview: Challenge and Resilience
Craft continued its winning streak of overall barrel growth in 2018, but the successes and challenges for individual craft brewers continue as competition increases.
Paul Gatza and Bart Watson
Brewpubs: Upping Their Game
Brewpubs are more than holding their own. In 2018, the category was up 13 percent from the previous year, with much of that growth coming from new openings.
By By Jack Curtin, Amahl Turczyn, and Jill Redding
Micros: Growing…and Adapting
Microbreweries continue to drive craft brewer growth. Production at microbreweries in 2018 increased 16 percent, far exceeding that of breweries in other categories.
By Stan Hieronymus
Regionals: Seeking to Reignite Growth
Lean times continued in 2018 as the regional craft brewery category, once the growth engine of the craft beer industry, was collectively static.
By Greg Kitsock
Large Breweries + Imports: Looking for Hits in Unlikely Places
Brands like Michelob ULTRA, Modelo Especial, and flavored malt beverages are gaining traction while the top three light beers continue to lose market share.
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 Pam Brulotte of Icicle Brewing, president of the Washington Brewers Guild and a member of the Brewers Association’s Market Development Committee.
Cheers, and we hope you enjoy this issue of The New Brewer.
- Jill Redding
- The New Brewer