Craft Beer Industry is Exploding in the US
US Craft Beer Market is Brewing
Craft brewers currently provide an estimated 103,585 jobs in the U.S., including serving staff in brewpubs.
Craft brewers sold an estimated 11,468,152 barrels* of beer in 2011, up from 10,133,571 in 2010.
The craft brewing sales share in 2011 was 5.7% by volume and 9.1% by dollars.
As of March 26, 2012, the Brewers Association is aware of 250 brewery openings in 2011 (174 microbreweries and 76 brewpubs) and 37 brewery closings (12 microbreweries and 25 brewpubs).
1,940 craft breweries operated for some or all of 2011, comprised of 1,063 brewpubs, 789 microbreweries and 88 regional craft breweries.
Overall U.S. beer sales were down an estimated 1.3% by volume in 2011, 1.2% in 2010.
Imported beer sales were up 1% in 2011 and up 5% in 2010.
Overall U.S. beer sales were approximately 199,937,239 barrels and imported beer sales were 27,238,339 barrels in 2010.
1,989 total breweries operated for some or all of 2011, the highest total since the 1880s.
* 1 barrel = 31 US gallons
Source: Brewer’s Association, updated on 3/26/2012
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