Back in 1873, the United States boasted 4,144 breweries, a number that fell drastically by the middle of the 20th century. After Prohibition, the brewery count
grew extremely slowly and as recently as the 1970s, the country had fewer than 100 functional breweries. 1978 was particularly poor with the count falling to just 89. Amid the craft beer explosion, such a low number is unthinkable now.
These days, the bitter taste in drinker's mouths has become far milder with a near infinite number of beers to choose from
. According to the Brewers Association
, the brewery count has grown spectacularly over the past 10 years. In 2006, the U.S. had 1,460 of them and by 2016, the count had skyrocketed to 5,301. Broken down, 186 of those were regional craft breweries, 3,132 were microbreweries, 1,916 were brewpubs and 67 were non-craft.