Craft Count Hits 5000

The Brewers Association (BA) released a “2016 Craft Beer in Review” report today, with the standout statistic being that the number of craft breweries in the U.S. has now surpassed the 5000 mark.


Touching on the chaotic changes in the industry during the last year, Bart Watson, chief economist at the BA said, “In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive. This community should be very proud of what it has accomplished and how far it has come.”


By mid-year, BA-defined craft breweries grew by eight percent. This number is expected to remain similar for year-end results.


Other notable statistics was the strong numbers for IPAs, now accounting for roughly one-quarter of craft volume. And craft beer export volume continued to surge in 2016, increasing by 16.3 percent, totaling 446,151 barrels and worth $116 million. More than 100 craft brewers now export their beer internationally.


“This has been an exponentially exciting year as the beer community continues to grow and evolve. It is incredible to watch local brewers innovate and validate the new way the world views the U.S. beer scene,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “Much of the dialogue in 2016 centered around the craft brewer definition, who qualifies as a small and independent brewer, what independence means to beer lovers, beer quality and beer appreciation. We will renew our efforts in 2017 on behalf of our members and the beer drinkers around the world and continue to advance the amazing beverage of beer.”


The BA infographic and complete news release can be seen here.