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Number of operating microbreweries in the U.S. 2006-2018

Number of operating microbreweries in the United States from 2006 to 2018

by Jan Conway, last edited Apr 17, 2019
Number of operating microbreweries in the U.S. 2006-2018 This timeline depicts the number of operating microbreweries in the United States from 2006 to 2018. In 2018, there were a total number of 4,522 microbreweries in the United States, based on the latest data of the Brewers Association.
Microbreweries in the U.S. - additional information

Craft breweries comprise the majority of all breweries in the United States. The Brewers Association defines craft brewing as small, independent and traditional. Over the past years, craft brewers have become widespread across fifty states. Craft breweries are classified into brewpubs, regional craft breweries and microbreweries. Brewpubs are restaurants with their own breweries and sell at least a fourth of its beer on location. Regional craft breweries produce between fifteen thousand and six million barrels per year. Microbreweries have an annual beer production of less than 15,000 barrels.

In 2017, there were approximately 4,522 operating microbreweries in the U.S. During the same period, a total of 7,346 craft breweries operated in the country. Vermont had the highest number of craft beer breweries per capita.

The three leading U.S. craft brewing companies in 2014 were D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., Boston Beer Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Yuengling, America's oldest brewery was founded by its namesake David Yuengling in Pennsylvania in 1829. In 2012, the company became the largest U.S.-owned brewery. That year, 24/7 Wall St. announced Yuengling Traditional Lager as the nation's number one favorite beer.
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Number of operating microbreweries in the United States from 2006 to 2018

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