(Boulder, CO) — The Brewers Affiliation (BA)—the commerce affiliation representing small and unbiased (1) American craft brewers—as we speak launched annual manufacturing figures for the U.S. craft brewing trade (2). In 2022, small and unbiased brewers collectively produced 24.3 million barrels of beer, on par with 2021’s numbers (3), and craft’s total beer market share by quantity grew to 13.2%, up from 13.1% the earlier 12 months.
The general beer market* shrank 3% by quantity in 2022. Retail greenback worth was estimated at $28.46 billion, representing a 24.6% market share and 6% development over 2021. Gross sales development was stronger than quantity as a result of pricing, share shift to smaller brewers—who usually tend to promote onsite and by way of distributed draught—in addition to the continued channel shift again to on-premise, which has the next common retail worth. Craft brewers supplied 189,413 direct jobs, a 9% improve from 2021, pushed each by development within the variety of breweries and a continued shift to hospitality-focused enterprise fashions.
“2022 introduced small brewers with various challenges, together with rising working and materials prices and growing competitors, notably in distribution,” mentioned Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Affiliation. “On this maturing and aggressive market, collective development for the class is difficult to return by.”
The variety of working craft breweries continued to climb in 2022, reaching an all-time excessive of 9,552, together with 2,035 microbreweries, 3,418 brewpubs, 3,838 taproom breweries, and 261 regional craft breweries. The whole U.S. working brewery depend was 9,709, up from 9,384 in 2021. All year long, there have been 549 new brewery openings and 319 closings. Openings decreased for a second consecutive 12 months, with the continued decline reflecting a extra mature market. The closing charge elevated in 2022 however continued to stay comparatively low, at roughly 3%.
“The comparatively low closure charge displays each the strong demand for fuller flavored native beer in addition to the flexibility and suppleness of small brewers,” added Watson.
As well as, the Brewers Affiliation additionally launched its annual checklist of the highest 50 producing craft brewing firms and total brewing firms within the U.S., primarily based on beer gross sales quantity. Of the highest 50 total brewing firms in 2022, 40 had been small and unbiased craft brewing firms (4).
“Breweries that managed to maneuver up the checklist organically are sometimes these which can be including incremental development to the class,” mentioned Watson. “Each beer and craft must create new events and new beer lovers to search out development.”
View and obtain checklist of prime 50 producing craft brewing firms
Word: Numbers are preliminary. For added insights from Bart Watson, go to Insights & Evaluation on the Brewers Affiliation web site. The total 2022 trade evaluation shall be revealed within the Could/June 2023 challenge of The New Brewer®, highlighting regional traits and manufacturing by particular person breweries.
* Doesn’t embrace FMBs/FSBs. With these included, whole taxed-as-beer merchandise decreased 4%.
(1) An American craft brewer is a small and unbiased brewer. Small: Annual manufacturing of 6 million barrels of beer or much less (roughly 3% of U.S. annual gross sales). Beer manufacturing is attributed to the foundations of alternating proprietorships. Impartial: Lower than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or managed (or equal financial curiosity) by an alcoholic beverage trade member that isn’t itself a craft brewer. Brewer: Has a TTB Brewer’s Discover and makes beer.
(2) Absolute figures replicate the dynamic craft brewer knowledge set as specified by the craft brewer definition. Development numbers are introduced on a comparable foundation. See full methodology.
(3) Quantity by craft brewers represents whole taxable manufacturing.
(4) Determine primarily based on firms that met the craft brewer definition for all or a part of 2022.
View an inventory of manufacturers included below the businesses within the total brewing class.
Concerning the Brewers Affiliation
The Brewers Affiliation (BA) is the not-for-profit commerce affiliation devoted to small and unbiased American brewers, their beers, and the group of brewing lovers. The BA represents 5,600-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s unbiased craft brewer seal is a extensively adopted image that differentiates beers by small and unbiased craft brewers. The BA organizes occasions together with the World Beer Cup®, Nice American Beer Pageant®, Craft Brewers Convention® & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR™: An American Craft Beer & Meals Expertise, Homebrew Con™, Nationwide Homebrew Competitors and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® journal, and Brewers Publications® is the main writer of brewing literature within the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to study extra in regards to the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing by way of the American Homebrewers Affiliation®. Observe us on Fb, Twitter, and Instagram.
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