National Beer Sales & Production Data

Summary

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. 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

 201520162017201820192018 to 2019 % Change
Craft4,8035,7136,6617,5948,2759.1%
Regional Craft Breweries1781862022302404.3%
Microbreweries2,6843,3193,9564,5582,058Not comparable
Taprooms2,966Not comparable
Brewpubs1,9412,2082,5032,8063,0117.3%
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

bart@brewersassociation.org

Julia Herz

Craft Beer Program Director

julia@brewersassociation.org

Paul Gatza

Senior Vice President of Professional Brewing Division

paul@brewersassociation.org

Ann Obenchain

Marketing Director

ann@brewersassociation.org


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.