Craft Beer Facts

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Craft breweries are a thriving industry both in the scope of alcohol production, as well as in independent business in general.

  • Craft breweries saw a retail dollar value in 2011 of an estimated $8.7 billion.
  • Within the beer industry, the craft brewing sales share in 2011 was 5.7% by volume and 9.1% by dollars.
  • Craft breweries sold more than 11.46 million barrels of beer in 2011 (up from 10.13 million in 2010).
  • 1,940 craft breweries operated for some or all of 2011, comprised of 1,063 brewpubs, 789 microbreweries and 88 regional craft breweries.