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7,714 operating brewery licenses in U.S. (April 2017) | by Thomas Cizauskas
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7,714 operating brewery licenses in U.S. (April 2017)

On 3 April 2017, Lester Jones —chief economist for the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA)— tweeted the pictured graph with this commentary:


▶ "Some folks missed memo on slowing Craft #beer volumes in 2016. TTB issued another 524 permits in 2017 Q1 - new total 7,714." (By comparison, there were 2,343 in 2010.)



Bart Watson, chief economist for the [U.S.] Brewers Association, posted a series of tweets, adding context and commentary as if in reply:


▶ "The new TTB license data has all sorts of jaw dropping stats. Take NY - now has 420 licenses (#3 in absolute terms), more than US until '93."


▶ "The top 5 states (CA, WA, NY, CO, MI) have 2,659 licenses - that's the same as the whole country as recently as early 2011."


▶ "What might be crazier is that even the bottom 10 states now collectively have 228 licenses. There are breweries everywhere."


▶ "US now has 3.35 brewery licenses per 100,000 21+ adults. CA and OH are the states on either side of that average."


▶ "Above average states have 4,810 licenses for 93.9 M 21+ adults. Below average 2,904 for 136.3 M."


▶ "Amazingly, above average states have added more licenses since end of '15 (936) than below average (698) even in more competitive markets."


▶ "Doubt that trend can continue too much longer - even with small business models - those top per capita states have to be getting crowded."



▶ "TTB" is the colloquial acronym for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


▶ A license to operate does not necessarily mean that a brewery is actually open and operating.



▶ Graphic courtesy National Beer Wholesalers Association.


▶ Image uploaded by Yours For Good

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