Craft Beer Continues To Sell

August 17th, 2009 | Posted by Jay Brooks

The Brewers Association, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, reports America’s small and independent craft brewers are still growing (see Craft Brewing Statistics) despite many challenges and are continuing to provide jobs to the U.S. economy. Dollar growth from craft brewers during the first half of 2009 increased 9%, down from 11% growth during the same period in 2008. Volume of craft brewed beer sold grew 5% for the first six months in 2009, compared to 6.5% growth in the first half of 2008. Barrels sold by craft brewers for the first half of the year is an estimated 4.2 million, compared to 4 million barrels sold in the first half of 2008.

“At a time when many of the giant beer brands are declining, small and independent craft brewers are organically growing their share and slowly gaining shelf and restaurant menu space one glass of craft beer at a time,” said Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Association.

100 Year High

The U.S. now boasts 1,525 breweries, the highest number in 100 years when consolidation and the run up to Prohibition reduced the number of breweries to 1,498 in 1910. “The U.S. has more breweries than any other nation and produces a greater diversity of beer styles than anywhere else, thanks to craft brewer innovation,” Gatza added.

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One Response to “Craft Beer Continues To Sell”

  1. cbjerrisgaard Says:

    Lots of articles popping up about this lately. Couldn’t be happier about it either. Just this weekend I had a fairly long conversation with Garrett Oliver and part of it was about the growth of the craft industry. Although even just 1 macro brewery is way bigger then the whole craft industry combined (in terms of barrels sold) its nice to see the movement is continuing to grow. At this rate I may no longer have to beg scrape and plead to get specific craft beers into my local bottle shops.