Craft Beer Industry in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

IPA, Pale Ale, Amber Ale - the list of different craft beer styles and varieties is sheer endless. The craft beer industry is currently undergoing unprecedented growth across America. Across the country, small breweries are refreshing, reviving and reinventing beer as we know it. And industry experts expect the craft brewing trend to stay relevant.

According to the Brewers Association, the nation's largest craft brew trade organization, an American craft brewer is "small, independent and traditional". The number of operating craft breweries reached an all-time high in 2014. The Boulder-based Brewers Association counted over 3,400 craft breweries throughout the country in that year. Thereof, 1,871 were reported as microbreweries, 1,412 operated as brewpubs and 135 were counted as regional breweries.

In terms of production, the craft beer volume amounted to about 22.2 million barrels in 2014. At this point, the craft beer movement represented a share of about 11 percent of the entire U.S. beer volume sales. Value-based, the craft beer dollar sales share was especially high in metropolitan areas such as Portland, Seattle and San Diego in 2015. Samual Adams, Blue Moon and Sierra Nevada were ranked as the leading craft beer brands in the United States for the 52 weeks ending May 15, 2016, based on generated dollar sales tracked by IRI.

Beer is the world’s number-one alcoholic beverage, with consumption suitable for various occasions at home, in restaurants, bars and clubs. The craft beer consumption in the United States amounted to approximately 279 million 2.25-gallon cases in 2015 which equals a share of 9.8 percent - still far behind light beer consumption. A recent consumer survey showed that the factor "local" is important to more than 50 percent of craft beer drinkers (21 years and older).

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