The Brewers Association has just released the preliminary figures on the growth in the Craft Beer Industry in 2012, and the news is good! Check out the infographic that illustrates just how great a year craft beer had in 2012.
The official report on — and more detailed analysis of — craft beer’s growth in 2012 will be released next week at the Craft Brewer’s Conference in Washington D.C., but this overview shows that craft beer is still building steam and shows no sign of slowing down.
Click the image to the right to see the full-sized infographic.
While there’s still a lot of anxiety around the “bubble” bursting, 2012 was the first year that money spent on craft beer represented over 10% of all the monies spent on beer for the year. We think there is plenty more market-share available for craft beer to wrest away from the macro-brewers.
The craft industry saw a 17% increase in retail sales in 2012, and there was a 15% growth in the amount of craft beer that was brewed. Over thirteen million barrels of craft beer were brewed in 2012, and 409 new craft brewing operations opened. If that pace continues in 2013 ( and all signs point to the pace that new craft breweries open is actually quickening), then there will be double the number of craft breweries in the U.S. by 2014 than there was in 2006.
Craft beer is booming in a big way, and the infographic is chock full of figures that will help you visualize the scale of the industry and the tremendous growth it is experiencing,
Needless to say, it is an exciting time to be a craft beer fan!