National Beer Sales & Production Data


Overall U.S. beer production and imports were down 5% in 2023, while craft brewer volume sales declined by 1%, raising small and independent brewers’ share of the U.S. beer market by volume to 13.3%.

Retail dollar sales of craft increased 3%, to $28.9 billion, and now account for 24.7% of the $117 billion U.S. beer market (previously $115 billion). The primary reasons for the larger dollar sales increase were price increases and slightly stronger onsite sales growth versus distribution.

These statistics use the craft brewer definition of a small and independent brewer, as well as six craft beer industry market segments as defined by the Brewers Association. More up to date statistics and analysis can be found in the Insights & Analysis section of the website.

Sales Data

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Production Data

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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

2015201620172018201920202021202220232022 to 2023 % Change
Regional Craft Breweries178186202230240220223261257-1.5%
Large/Non-Craft 4467106107138171174149145-2.7%
Total U.S. Breweries4,8475,7806,7677,7258,5579,0929,3849,8249,9060.8%

Brewpub Openings and Closings

Micro Openings and Closings*

* Starting in 2019, Taprooms are their own separate category, so for comparable numbers, add 2019 taproom numbers.

Taproom Openings and Closings*

Contact Us With Questions About Industry Statistics

Bart Watson

Vice President of Strategy & Chief Economist

Paul Gatza

Senior Vice President of Professional Brewing Division

Ann Obenchain

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

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.

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