Brewers Association releases year in beer report

Written by on December 5, 2016 in Beer - No comments


The Brewers Association, the trade association for small and independent American craft breweries, has released its annual craft beer year in review report.

Among the highlights, the Association reports there are now 5,005 breweries in the US, almost all of which (99%) are small and independent craft brewers. Worried about the bubble bursting? Compare that to the 10,000 wineries currently operating in the US — and Americans drink more beer than wine.

With so many breweries, beer tourism continues to rise, although even with more than 30 breweries, Columbus did not make the cut for the top 20 beer destinations generated by the Association in conjunction with Travelocity — nor did any other Ohio city. Undoubtedly the anticipated opening of BrewDog in Canal Winchester will increase the city’s national ranking.

As for what all these breweries are crafting, IPAs continue to dominate, now accounting for roughly one-quarter of the volume of craft beer brewed. More sessionable styles like golden ales, pilsners and pale lagers are on the rise, though, up 33 percent from last year and totaling about five percent of craft.

“In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive,” said Bart Watson, Chief Economist for the Brewers Association, in a statement. “This community should be very proud of what it has accomplished and how far it has come.”

Check out the below infographic from the association and read the rest of the report here.


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Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

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