National Beer Sales & Production Data


Overall U.S. beer volume sales were down 1% in 2018, whereas craft brewer sales continued to grow at a rate of 4% by volume, reaching 13.2% of the U.S. beer market by volume. Craft production grew the most for microbreweries.

Retail dollar sales of craft increased 7%, up to $27.6 billion, and now account for more than 24% of the $114.2 billion U.S. beer market.

These statistics use the craft brewer definition of small and independent brewer. More up-to-date statistics and analysis can be found in the insights and analysis section of the website.

Sales Data

Production Data

Historical Craft Brewery Production by Category

1 barrel = 31 US gallons

Historical U.S. Brewery Count

Slide the bar at the top of the graph to see number of breweries from 1873 to present day.

U.S. Craft Brewery Count by Category

Recent U.S. Brewery Count

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2017 to 2018 % Change
Craft 3,814 4,628 5,539 6,490 7,346 +13.2
Regional Craft Breweries 135 178 186 202 230 +13.9
Microbreweries 2,076 2,626 3,251 3,933 4,522 +15.0
Brewpubs 1,603 1,824 2,102 2,355 2,594 +10.1
Large/Non-Craft 46 44 67 106 104
Total U.S. Breweries 3,869 4,672 5,606 6,596 7,450 +12.9

Brewpub Openings and Closings

Micro Openings and Closings

Contact Us With Questions About Industry Statistics

Bart Watson

Brewers Association Chief Economist

Julia Herz

Craft Beer Program Director

Paul Gatza

Senior Vice President of Professional Brewing Division

Ann Obenchain

Marketing Director

Full Report

Comprehensive reports and analysis of the national beer sales and production data are available in the May/June issue of The New Brewer, The Journal of the Brewers Association, released in mid-May each year. The issue can be purchased in the Brewers Association online store.