2014 Was Another Great Year For American Craft Beer [Infographic]
The craft beer revolution isn’t showing any signs of slowing down with 2014 proving another great year for brewers across the United States. According to the Brewers Association , there were approximately 1,521 operating craft breweries nationwide in 2008. By the end of 2014, there were 3,418. Of those, 1,412 were brewpubs, 1,871 were microbreweries and 135 were regional craft breweries.
The number of barrels produced has also skyrocketed from 9 million in 2008 to 22 million in 2014. Craft brewers now have an 11 percent share of the beer market – the first time small and independent brewers have obtained a double digit market share. They’re aiming for 20 percent by 2020. The situation isn’t just rosy at home – exports are also booming. CHICAGO, IL – MAY 09: Bottles of Atwater Brewery beer sit on a table at the American Beer Classic craft beer festival at Soldier Field on May 9, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) In 2004, American craft beer exports were worth just $2.9 million. Ten years […]