Breweries in Planning Climb Over 1,300

The July 31, 2012 snapshot of our database has yielded the following counts:

U.S. operating breweries is at 2,142, up from 2,126 at the end of June.

U.S. operation breweries that are Brewers Association members is at 1,526, up from 1,517 at the end of June.

U.S. breweries in planning is at 1,303, up from 1,252 at the end of June.

In addition to our operational member count, the Brewers Association is comprised of 147 international brewery members, 58 contract brewing company members, 10 other brewery-related memberships, 850 planning members, 477 allied trade members, 396 distributor members, 709 individual professional division members and 28,835 American Homebrewers Association members (33,524 counting affiliates that are part of family memberships).

Craft brewing and the Brewers Association just keep on growing. We have 555 more breweries in planning than a year ago and 347 more operating U.S. breweries.

Paul Gatza

August 16, 2012

Paul Gatza is the director of the Brewers Association (BA), a not-for-profit trade association whose purpose is to promote and protect American craft brewers and American craft beer and the community of brewing enthusiasts. Paul is a member of the association’s Brewpubs, Technical, Communications, Market Development, PR & Marketing and Government Affairs Committees.

Paul’s origin in the beer community started when he took up homebrewing in 1990. He worked on the bottling line at Boulder Beer and would sneak over to the brewhouse when opportunity allowed. He owned a pair of homebrew supply shops in Boulder and Longmont, Colorado from 1994 to 1998. He served as director of the American Homebrewers Association for 7 years and is in his 15th year as BA director. Paul is ranked as a National Beer Judge by the Beer Judge Certification Program. Paul is also a former judge director of both the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup, before moving to the judge panels for these elite competitions.

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