National Beer Sales & Production Data


Overall U.S. beer volume sales were down 2% in 2019, whereas craft brewer sales continued to grow at a rate of 4% by volume, reaching 13.6% of the U.S. beer market by volume. Craft production grew the most for taprooms.

Retail dollar sales of craft increased 6%, up to $29.3 billion, and now account for more than 25% of the $116.0 billion U.S. beer market.

These statistics use the craft brewer definition of 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

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

 201520162017201820192018 to 2019 % Change
Regional Craft Breweries1781862022302404.3%
Microbreweries2,6843,3193,9564,5582,058Not comparable
Taprooms2,966Not comparable
Large/Non-Craft 44671061041116.7%
Total U.S. Breweries4,8475,7806,7677,6988,3868.9%

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

Brewers Association Chief Economist

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.