Good news in the fight for real beer: light is out and craft is in. According to data just released by The Brewers Association, there are now more than 2000 breweries operating in the U.S. That’s more than an 11% increase in the past year alone, and a huge surge since a low of just 80 breweries in the 1980s.
What does the explosion of micro- and nano-breweries mean on the retail end? Sales of craft beer rose 15% from 2010 to 2011 (corresponding to a 13% growth in volume). This expansion of the small batch niche is happening even as the beer market as a whole is contracting.
Overall, if you include macro-brewers Molson Coors, SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch Inbev, the U.S. beer market saw a 1.5% decline in volume. What is losing ground is the wholly American invented category of light beer – which makes up four of the five best-selling labels in the country. Craft suds now account for more than 5% of the total market share by volume and more than 9% by sales.
The Brewers Association cautions that these numbers are only preliminary, noting that a full report will be released this summer, but they are reason to celebrate. Check out some more stats in the nifty infographic below.
There's a fountain in Abruzzo that gives out a constant stream not of water, but of wine, and for no charge....read more ›
According to the Wall Street Journal, Kirin, which is the second-largest beer maker by market share in Japan, is buying into Brooklyn Brewery....read more ›
Ever wonder what type of drink to order to give off a certain vibe at a bar or party? According to a recent Budweiser survey, men and women who drink ...read more ›
Their solution is the creation of animal safe, edible six-pack rings....read more ›
This means anyone who travels to Cuban can bring as much rum and/or cigars back as they'd like!...read more ›
The Great American Beer Festival celebrated 35 years of great beers on October 6-8 and this festival was the biggest one yet. ...read more ›
The TV Beer Mug is a mug with a slant in it so you never have to look away from the television....read more ›
But don't get too excited-there's no THC in this beer, meaning it won't get you "high"....read more ›
The program provides coaching, mentoring, education and business loans for small and emerging companies. ...read more ›
Not a sports champion, but a champion of beer....read more ›
Over 1,000 beers from home brewers around the country participated. ...read more ›
Scientists at UC San Diego have been developing a temporary tattoo than can measure blood alcohol content...read more ›