May June 2021 The New Brewer
May/June 2021

Industry Review Issue

For the May/June 2021 The New Brewer, we present our annual Industry Review issue. The year 2020 was undoubtedly craft’s toughest so far, with overall volume down 9%. We take a look back at how each segment fared during a tumultuous year, with taprooms leading the way at nearly flat growth and brewpubs taking the biggest hit, down 19.3%.

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May June 2021 The New Brewer Overview

2020 Overview

As bad as circumstances were for 2020, there are reasons for optimism. Many craft breweries took a direct hit with double-digit declines, but found a way to survive.

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May June 2021 The New Brewer Micros
The New Brewer: Industry Review Issue

Micros

Across the country, microbreweries facing widespread shutdowns and business restrictions just a couple of months into the year found ways to adjust and innovate.

May June 2021 The New Brewer Taprooms
The New Brewer: Industry Review Issue

Taprooms

Taprooms in particular showed a remarkable ability to adapt while many individual businesses struggled in 2020. They finished the year down just 0.1%.

May June 2021 The New Brewer Regionals
The New Brewer: Industry Review Issue

Regionals

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have tipped the playing field in favor of older, larger breweries with familiar brand names and high-speed packaging lines.

May June 2021 The New Brewer Large and Import
The New Brewer: Industry Review Issue

Large Breweries + Imports

Fueled by the pandemic and pantry loading, Big Beer bounced back in 2020. Even some big legacy beer brands that had previously posted down numbers showed some strength.

May June 2021 The New Brewer Brewpubs
The New Brewer: Industry Review Issue

Brewpubs

Overall, brewpubs were hit harder than any other segment of craft beer in 2020, with production tumbling 19.3%. The impact varied from region to region.

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