US craft beers are performing strongly overseas

US craft beers are performing strongly overseas

US craft beer is repeating its domestic success overseas, with latest figures showing that export volumes rose 49% last year. 

The segment saw total exports reach 282,526 barrels in 2013, an estimated US$73m in sales, the Brewers Association (BA), which represents US independent brewers, revealed today (March 24). Canada remains the US craft beer industry's biggest market, where volumes rose by 92% in 2013 to 131,511 barrels. The next two biggest markets are Sweden and the UK. 

US craft brewers also saw significant growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Volumes in Singapore rose by 379%, by 150% in Hong King and in Thailand by 99%. 

“New distribution agreements for US breweries throughout Europe and Asia are helping to grow exports," said Bob Pease, the BA's COO. 

He added: “With more beer exported around the world, the challenge now is to ensure that beer quality is preserved in all cases, so consumers are assured a positive experience.”

Last week, the group revealed that domestic US craft beer volumes in 2013 rose by 18%, while value sales climbed by 20% to US$14.3bn. 

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