U.S. Craft Beer, 2018
The [U.S.] Brewers Association has released its annual growth figures for the U.S. 'craft' brewing industry, which it represents.
2 April 2019.
▶ In 2018, small and independent brewers collectively produced 25.9 million barrels and realized 4 percent total growth3, increasing craft’s overall beer market share by volume to 13.2 percent.
▶ The retail dollar value for 'craft' beer sales in 2018 is estimated at $27.6 billion, representing 24.1 percent market share and 7 percent growth over 2017.
▶ There were 7,346 craft breweries operating in 2018, including 4,521 microbreweries, 2,594 brewpubs, and 231 regional craft breweries. Throughout the year, there were 1,049 new brewery openings and 219 closings—a closing rate of 3 percent.
▶ Growth for 'craft' breweries occurred in an overall down beer market, which dropped 1 percent by volume in 2018. The 50 fastest growing breweries delivered 10 percent of craft brewer growth. Craft brewers provided more than 150,000 jobs, an increase of 11 percent over 2017.
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