US craft beer volumes stable in 2018

06 August, 2018

Growth for small and independent US craft brewers remained stable for the first half of 2018, according to new mid-year figures released by the Brewers Association.

The data shows that production volume for the craft segment increased five percent during the first half of 2018.

“While more mature, the market continues to show demand for small and independent craft brewers,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. 

“There are certainly industry headwinds, but this stabilised growth rate is reflective of the market realities that exist for brewers today.”

As of June 30, there were 6,655 active breweries in the US, up from 5,562 during a comparable timeframe last year. An estimated 2,500 to 3,000 breweries are in planning, based on active Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) licenses.

Watson added: “The data demonstrates that 2018 is on pace to have the highest number of brewery openings and closings to date. 

“However, even as breweries close, openings continue to far outpace the number that shutter. New players looking to enter the space should be aware of the constructs of the current landscape, work to differentiate themselves and will need to make quality beer to succeed.”





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