23 Stats You Should Know About the Craft Beer Industry

23 Stats You Should Know About the Craft Beer Industry

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Research shows that craft beer is not fizzling out any time soon in the U.S.  To help paint the picture, we’ve compiled a list of 23 stats you should know about the craft beer industry:


Who’s Drinking It?

  • 36% of consumers drink craft beer.
  • 43% of Millenials (ages 25-34) prefer the taste of craft beer, versus 32% of Baby Boomers, and seek brands that offer authenticity, flavor, history and credibility.
  • 84% of craft beer consumers like to choose their beer depending on the season.

Sales of Craft Beer

  • In 2013, the craft beer market had 14.3 Billion in sales, a 20% sales growth from 2012.  The overall beer market had $100 Billion in sales in 2013.
  • 17.2% of all beer sales in 2013 were from craft beer.
  • Craft beer sales historically spike in the second half of the year, due to fall/winter seasonality.

Production of Craft Beer

  • American craft beer production increased 18% in the first half of 2014.  Craft brewers sold 10.6 million barrels, which is up from about 9 million from the first half of 2013.
  • The 2013 craft beer industry production volume comprised of 77% regional craft breweries, 15.5% microbreweries, 6% brewpubs and 1.5% contract brewing companies.

Economic Impact

  • The craft brewing industry contributed $33.9 Billion to the U.S. Economy in 2012.
  • Craft brewers employ more than 110,000 worldwide.

Craft Breweries

  • As of the end of June 2014, there are 3,040 breweries operating in the U.S. That’s 502 more from the same period last year.
  • There are 1,929 breweries in planning stages now.
  • The largest craft brewer in the U.S. is the Boston Beer Co., makers of Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard and Twisted Tea brands.
  • The majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a craft brewer.

U.S. Beer Market Category

  • The craft beer segment continues to be the pricing leader in the beer category, at approximately $34/case in USD (Jan, 2013)
  • On average, the craft drinker spends $86 per check versus $73 per check average when buying food and any other type of beer.


  • Most craft beer comes in the 1/6 barrel or “sixtel”.  These are 5 ¼ gallons of beer in a keg that is on 9 ¼ inches in diameter.

State records

  • Vermont ranks first in the U.S. in per capita consumption of craft beer.
  •  Oregon ranks first in the U.S. in breweries per capita.
  • Oregon also leads the U.S. in % of dollars spent on craft beer.

Popularity Overseas

  • U.S. craft beer exports grew six-fold during the past five years, jumping from about 46,000 barrels in 2009 to more than 282,500 barrels in 2013, worth an estimated $73 million.
  • In July, 2014, Green Flash became the first U.S. craft brewery to begin making and selling fresh beer in the European market.

Beer Distributors

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