Craft beer helped push up volumes in 2012

Craft beer helped push up volumes in 2012

Beer volumes in the US dropped back to negative last year despite continued craft beer gains, new figures have shown.

The beer category fell by 1.6% to 2.8bn 2.25-gallon cases, according to the Beverage Information Group's Handbook Advance 2014, released yesterday (February 10). The decrease came as wine and spirits posted volumes growth, alongside “positive results” in craft beer, the Beverage Information Group (BIG) said.

"Craft beer's momentum continues to build with no signs of slowing," said Adam Rogers, manager of information services for the Beverage Information Group. "Today's consumer seeks a brew that is distinctive, region-based and high-quality with a compelling story, and craft breweries are more than willing to provide it.”

In 2012, BIG found that increased sales in higher-priced beers halted a three-year downturn in the US beer industry as overall volumes increased by 1%.

Wine volumes increased for the 20th consecutive year in 2013, up 2.2%, to 326m nine-litre cases, BIG said yesterday. Distilled spirits enjoyed its 17th year of growth, up 2.4%, BIG said without giving volumes figures.

“Continued interest in super-premium products, increased advertising and modernization of spirits laws contributed to this (spirits) growth,” the group added.