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.
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|
|Regional Craft Breweries||135||178||186||202||230||+13.9|
|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
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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.