The Brewers Association (BA) announced that BA-defined craft breweries grew by 8% in 2021. Total production was 24.8 million barrels of beer and craft beer market share grew to 13.1%, up from 12.2% the previous year.
The overall beer market grew 1% by volume in 2021. Retail dollar value was estimated at $26.9 billion, representing 26.8% market share and 21% growth over 2020. This growth is stronger than volume primarily due to the channel shift back to on-premise, which has a higher average retail value.
“Craft brewer sales rebounded in 2021, lifted by the return of draught and at-the-brewery traffic,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “However, the mixed performance across business models and geographies as well as production levels that still lag 2019 suggest that many breweries remain in recovery mode. Add in continuing supply chain and pricing challenges, and 2022 will be a critical year for many brewers.”
More details and a list of the top 50 craft breweries from the BA here.