2014: The Year in Beer

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The Brewers Association, the national trade organization for craft breweries, today released some numbers on the growth of craft beer nationwide.

  • The U.S. brewery count has returned to historic levels. In November, the United States passed the mark of 3,200 brewers in the country and the number of brewery licenses reached the highest ever, topping 4,500 in the first sixth months of the year. Thirteen states, including Ohio, now have more than 100 breweries each.
  • Breweries are opening at a rate of 1.5 per day. There are more than 2,000 breweries in planning currently.
  • Craft brewers were the growth point in the overall beer industry. Through June of 2014, craft brewers enjoyed 18 percent growth by volume.
  • IPAs remained the most favored craft beer style. According to retail scan data, IPA is up 47 percent by volume and 49 percent by dollar sales, accounting for 21 percent volume share of craft and 23 percent dollar share of off-premise beer sales.
  • Craft beer appreciators are becoming as diverse as craft beer itself. Data indicates that 38 percent of households bought a craft beer in the last year versus 29 percent in 2010. Additionally, women consume almost 32 percent of craft beer volume, almost half of which comes from women ages 21-34 (and almost half of THAT comes from me personally)

  • Locally, 2014 saw the opening of Land-Grant Brewing, Zaftig Brewing, Hofbrauhaus Columbus and Zauber Brewing’s taproom, with Temperance Row and Pigskin likely to launch before the end of the year as well. Established breweries Columbus Brewing and North High announced expansions, and breweries like Buckeye Lake, Seventh Son and Four String began bottling and canning. You can find a current list of Columbus-area breweries (wineries and distilleries, too) here.

    “More and more breweries will spur innovation, meaning there will be even more offerings on hand for beer geeks and beginners to enjoy,” said Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewers Association, in a statement. “Not to mention more opportunities to explore and support local breweries, which has a profound impact on the economy at the regional, state and national level.”

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    Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Co-Founder of the Columbus Ale Trail.

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