The Brewers Association released mid year numbers today. Looks like smooth sailing for craft beer.
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Some new beer numbers summing up 2009 were released yesterday and things are looking good for the future of the craft beer industry. The Brewers Association, a national craft beer industry advocacy group, released their report of 2009 craft brewers sales. They show that in a year of overall sales decline in the beer industry, craft beer sales increased by 7% in volume and 10.3% in dollars. Craft beer sales represented 4.3% of the total volume and 6.9% of the total dollar amount of beer sold in the US. American craft beer continues to take market share from the big three lager producers. Here’s some stats from the short fact sheet.
- Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2009 was 7.2% by volume and 10.3% by dollars compared to growth in 2008 of 5.9% by volume and 10.1% by dollars.
- Craft brewers sold an estimated 9,115,635 barrels* of beer in 2009, up from 8,501,713 in 2008.
- Overall, US beer sales were down 2.2% in 2009.
- Imported beer sales were down 9.8% in 2009, equating to a loss of 2.8 million barrels.
- The craft brewing sales share in 2009 was 4.3% by volume and 6.9% by dollars.
- Craft brewer retail dollar value in 2009 was an estimated $6.86 billion, up from $6.32 billion in 2008.
- 1,585 breweries operated for some or all of 2009, the highest total since before Prohibition.
And from another source, a survey of chefs done by the National Restaurant Association puts locally produced wine and beer as the number five top trend for 2010. Locally produced beer and wine are number four in the alcohol and cocktails category with beer and food pairings coming in at number five.
Craft beer continues to rock!
New mid-year numbers for US craft brewers were just released by the Brewers Association, a trade and lobbying group for the craft beer industry. Here are some of the main points.
- The number of US breweries is the highest in 100 years. There are currently 1525 breweries in the united states, up from 1498 in 1910.
- Dollar growth for craft brewers increased 9% in the first half of 2009. Although this is down from the 11% growth during the same period last year it still isn’t bad considering the overall decline in the economy.
- The volume of craft beer sold increased 5% through June. This is also a decline from 6.5% increase in 2008.
- Craft brewers sold 4.2 million barrels of beer in the first half of 2009 compared to 4 million in 2008.
Given the overall state of the economy, things look pretty good for US craft brewers. You can read the whole press release here.