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The brewers association celebrates the year of the beer

2018 Year of Craft Beer Highlighted by Number of Landmark Breweries and Economic Impact

Boulder, Colorado. – As craft brewers continue to make waves in an evolving market, the Brewers Association – the non-profit trade association dedicated to small independent American brewers – examined the contributions, highlights and defining moments of the beer from the craft brewing community. last year.

“The brewing landscape is changing, but small, independent breweries continue to find success in the marketplace,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program manager, Brewers Association. “Brewers are finding ways to differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace, become anchors in communities, and seize new experiences and opportunities to connect with beer lovers.”

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To note in 2018:

  • Stable and Steady: The craft brewing industry continues to grow. The Brewers Association’s mid-year survey measured volume growth of 5%, and while there were signs of slightly slower growth in the second half, it’s clear that craft beer sales will again reach a new high in 2018.
  • Big impact of small breweries: As craftsmanship’s market share has grown, so has its economic impact, which totals more than $76 billion. The craft brewing community is responsible for 500,000 jobs, including more than 135,000 directly in breweries and breweries.
  • 7,000 strong and growing: the number of breweries in the United States reached a new all-time high in 2018, eclipsing 7,000 at the end of October. Although final figures are still being compiled, there will potentially be 1,000 openings in 2018.
  • #SeektheSeal: Over 4,000 craft breweries have adopted the independent craft brewer seal since its inception in June 2017, representing 85% of craft beer volume brewed. Beer lovers are encouraged to #SeektheSeal via the Brewers Association’s first-ever national ad campaign It’s independence you taste.
  • Community Hubs:85% of adults 21 and older live within 10 miles of a brewery. The continued growth of breweries means more communities have a local brewery and it’s easier than ever to visit or visit one.
  • Investing in the future: Craft brewers are putting their savings from a recalibrated federal excise tax toward economic development, new hiring, increased employee benefits and compensation, and increased charitable contributions.
  • The craze for the mist: The Brewers Association added three juicy or hazy styles to its Beer Style Guidelines and Great American Beer Festival® competition in 2018, resulting in a record number of entries. Additionally, brewers continue to innovate and create emerging styles that provide new opportunities to connect with a diverse audience of beer lovers.
  • Just brew it: It is estimated that 1 million home brewers in the United States brewed 1.4 million barrels of beer, or 1% of US beer production.

The Brewers Association will offer a comprehensive analysis of the 2018 industry at the Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America® held in Denver, Colorado April 8-11, 2019, featuring keynote speaker Bruce Dickinson, brewer, businessman, pilot and lead singer of Iron Maiden.

Contact: Abby Cohen (on behalf of the Brewers Association) 646-695-7044

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the nonprofit trade association dedicated to America’s small, independent brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents more than 4,800 American breweries. The BA Independent Craft Brewer Seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers from small independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the
beer world cup®, Great American Oktoberfest®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, FLAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Dining Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The new brewer® magazines, and Brewers publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the United States. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the vibrant world of craft beer at® and on homebrewing via BAs American Homebrew Association® and free Brewing Guru® mobile app. follow us on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, orientation or marital/family status. The BA complies with the provisions of Executive Order 11246 and relevant rules, regulations and orders of the Secretary of Labor.