Brewers Association Announces 2013 Craft Brewer Growth
March 20, 2014 - 10:37 AM- by Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog -
It's hard to fathom up here in the Pacific Northwest where we drink so much of it, but craft beer only makes up about 8 percent of the overall beer market in the U.S. In Portland and Seattle that number is closer to 30 percent, but nationwide we still have a lot of work to do. Information released today by the Brewers Association shows that the numbers continue to rise in craft beer's favor.
The Brewers Association just releases information about craft beer growth during 2013. The numbers show that craft brewers reached 7.8 percent volume of the total beer market in the U.S. The previous number was 6.5 percent. In terms of dollars, craft beer made up about 14 percent of the beer market last year. Retail dollar value from craft brewers was estimated at $14.3 billion in 2013, up from $11.9 billion in 2012. In other words, that's $2.4 billion that people spent on craft beer instead of mega beer last year. No wonder the big guys are getting crafty and actively seek ways to capture part of the craft market. I'm looking at you, Shock Top and Blue Moon.
Here is the press release from the Brewers Association.
Brewers Association Announces 2013 Craft Brewer Growth
Volume and Sales Reach Record Levels as Market Share Surpasses Seven Percent
Boulder, CO • March 17, 2014— The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, today released 2013 data on U.S. craft brewing (1) growth. As a primary driver of growth in the beer industry, craft brewers saw an 18 percent rise in volume (2), representing a total of 15.6 million barrels, and a 20 percent increase in retail dollar value.
In 2013, craft brewers reached 7.8 percent volume of the total U.S. beer market, up from 6.5 percent the previous year. Additionally, craft dollar share of the total U.S. beer market reached 14.3 percent in 2013, as retail dollar value from craft brewers was estimated at $14.3 billion, up from $11.9 billion in 2012.
“With this stellar year, craft has now averaged 10.9 percent growth over the last decade,” said Bart Watson, staff economist, Brewers Association. “Beer drinkers are excited about what small and independent brewers are offering and that is evidenced by the rising production and sales of the craft segment.”
Additionally, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. in 2013 totaled 2,822, with 2,768 of those considered craft, demonstrating that craft breweries make up 98 percent of all U.S. operating breweries. This count includes 413 new brewery openings and 44 closings. Combined with already existing and established breweries and brewpubs, craft brewers provided 110,273 jobs, an increase of almost 2,000 from the previous year.
“Openings of brewing facilities continue to far outpace closings, demonstrating that the demand for high-quality, local, fuller-flavored beers is only increasing,” added Watson. “The geographic diversity of openings and production growth shows the national nature of this movement. In towns all across the country, craft brewers are creating jobs, delivering innovative products, advancing the beverage of beer and strengthening their local economies.”
Note: Numbers are preliminary. The Brewers Association will release the list of Top 50 craft brewing companies and overall brewing companies by volume sales on March 31. Additionally, a more extensive analysis will be released during the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, Colorado from April 8-11. The full 2013 industry analysis will be published in the May/June 2014 issue of The New Brewer, highlighting regional trends and sales by individual breweries.
1) The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.
2) Volume by craft brewers represent total taxable production.
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About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today's craft brewers and homebrewers.
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