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Hoppy Days are Here Again: The Growth of Craft Beer and Brewpubs in the US

Aug.11.2015
02:08:31 PM

beer-flightThe beer industry in the United States, once ruled by the big brew houses, has transformed into a David and Goliath scenario, with microbreweries across the country giving the “big guys” a run for their money.

Craft beer is booming in the United States. The production volume of craft beer in 2014 was up 18 percent, according to a report from the Brewers Association, an organization of craft brewers. The report also notes that the number of craft breweries has increased by almost 700 since mid-2014. Another report suggests that the beer industry has more than twice the impact of the wine industry on the economy and just slightly higher than the impact of the video game industry in the United States.

Americans are excited about craft beer and an entire subculture has popped up around the industry. Consumers are quick to share their thoughts on the latest brews and are more willing than ever to give something new a try.

But what about the world beyond the six-pack? What does the Away-From-Home craft beer market look like?

Americans looking for a new craft beer experience may find just what they’re looking for in a brewpub. Traditionally a brewpub is a pub or restaurant that brews beer on the premises. These can range from small establishments that only serve beer or sometimes small snacks to larger modern restaurants.

At CHD Expert we have comprehensive data on a variety of menu types and market segments, including brewpubs, bars, and nightclubs. We evaluated the most recent data in our foodservice database and pulled out some interesting facts on the brewpub and bar landscape that we’d like to share with you.

Here are the top facts about brewpubs and bars we pulled from our Easy2FIND database:

There are over 3,800 brewpubs in the United States. Brewpubs make up 7% of the Bars/Adult Beverages landscape of the US.

64% of brewpubs have been in business for 5+ years. An additional 32% of brewpubs have been in business for 2-5 years.

Brewpubs are present across the United States. New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, and Ohio have the most brewpubs in the US in terms of units.

Brewpubs aren’t alone: There are over 37,000 neighborhood bars & taverns and more than 3,400 sports bars in the US.

Would you like to learn more about brewpubs in the United States?

CHD Expert is an industry leader in collecting, managing, and analyzing foodservice data. We have all kinds of foodservice data available, including brewpub and bar & nightclub data, and our database features 40+ filters you can use to segment data.

If you’d like to speak with one of our representatives, please email [email protected] Or, feel free to give us a call.

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