May/June 2016

Industry Review Issue

For the May/June 2016 The New Brewer, we present our annual industry review, recapping the statistics and highlights for 2015 for the craft brewing industry. This marks our biggest-ever issue of The New Brewer, with 264 pages of industry analysis broken out by categories, brewery barrelage numbers, and 2015 brewery openings and closings, and photos from the Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America® and World Beer Cup® in Philadelphia.

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Industry Review Issue

Craft Grows in a Competitive Environment

Craft brewers added 2.8 million barrels in 2015, and 620 new breweries opened. At the same time, craft beer’s growth continues to evolve as competition increases.

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Brewpubs compete with restaurants, gastropubs, and virtually any venue that offers food and drink. In 2015, the 1,645 brewpubs in operation posted 9-percent growth.

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Not only did more microbreweries open than ever before in 2015, but more also grew into regional breweries. Still, the category grew an impressive 24 percent.

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The spate of high-profile deals recently has had several prominent craft brewers circling the wagons and loudly and proudly declaring their independence.

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Imports + Large Breweries

The big brewers have taken off the gloves and are going directly after craft brewers—both figuratively in their marketing, and literally through acquisitions.

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