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Craft beer growth in the US slowed last year, new figures have shown, but the category continued to increase volumes and value by double-digits.

US craft beer sales and volumes have both posted double-digit growth in the past few years

US craft beer sales and volumes have both posted double-digit growth in the past few years

Sales of craft beer in volume terms were up by 13% to 24.5m barrels in 2015, compared to an 18% jump in volumes in 2014, the Brewers Association reported yesterday. Value increased by 16% to US$22.3bn versus a 22% jump in the year-prior.

The increases continued craft beers upward trajectory. In 2013, the category increased by 18% in volumes and 20% in value.

Despite the slowdown, the BA said there are still "a lot of opportunities and areas for additional growth".

"An important focus will remain on quality as small and independent brewers continue to lead the local, full-flavoured beer movement," the association said.

The number of breweries in the US also continued to grow in 2015, up 15% to a total of 4,269. A total of 620 new breweries opened and 68 closed last year. In December, the BA said the number of breweries in the US had hit a new high, sailing past the record of 4,131 set in 1873.


Sectors: Beer & cider

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