Brewery numbers continue to rise in the US

Brewery numbers continue to rise in the US

Craft brewery numbers are continuing their rise in the US, with the country now boasting more than 3,200 beer producers, according to latest figures.

Around 2,000 breweries are also at the planning stage, figures published by the Brewers Association (BA) yesterday show. Thirteen states now have more than 100 breweries each, the trade body said.

In June, the BA reported that the US had 3,040 breweries - the highest number since the 1870s.

“Year over year, we’re seeing tremendous growth in the craft beer sector and 2014 proved that craft beer is moving into the mainstream,” said Bart Watson, the BA's chief economist.

Earlier this year, Watson denied that the US had reached saturation point in terms of brewery numbers. However, in an interview with just-drinks last month, Sam Calagione, founder & president of Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery, admitted that the closure rate is likely to increase. In 2013, 413 new breweries opened, while 44 closed.

The BA also reported yesterday that India Pale Ale (IPA), remains the most popular beer style among US craft consumers. According to retail data, sales of IPA in the country are up 47% by volume and 49% by value sales. The expression accounts for 21% volume share of craft and 23% value share of trhe segment in the off-trade.

Craft beer accounts for around 8% of the US market in volumes terms and 14% in value terms, according to latest figures.

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