You may be hearing a lot about craft beer these days as it becomes more and more of an every-day topic. This week at the Craft Brewers Conference, which is being held as we write/read/speak in Portland, Ore., specific statistics about the craft beer industry were released highlighting key points in the world of craft beer. I love geeking out about craft beer and having these statistics in my head, but what do these numbers truly mean and how do they affect consumers?
Craft beer sold 22.2 million barrels (688.2 million gallons) in 2014. That’s an 18% increase for craft beer volume. What does this mean? Well, we’re buying more craft beer than ever! The more craft beer that we buy as consumers, the more that they will have to produce meaning more jobs, more money being spent by them to other businesses such as hop farms, and in turn this helps the economy as a whole throughout the United States.
Jobs in the Craft Beer Industry
The US Small Brewing Industry provides 115,469 total jobs: 64,068 full-time, 51,401 part-time. These are hundreds of thousands of jobs currently held in the United States, helping to keep us in work. This doesn’t include how many more there will be as the growth of the industry continues. Everyone from the brewers themselves to wholesalers, beertenders to delivery drivers; jobs are booming within the industry.
Number of Breweries
Currently, there are 3,418 breweries in the United States and 2,051 breweries in planning: 1,871 microbreweries, 1,412 brewpubs, 135 regional breweries. With the number of breweries growing exponentially each year, it is slowly becoming possible for nearly every consumer to drink locally. For us in the Harrisburg area, it’s likely that you’re within a 20 minute drive from a brewery. For me, I can bike to two in no time flat. Supporting local small businesses helps support your local economy and helps keep jobs in your neighborhood.
Percent of Market Share
Craft beer makes up 11% of the market share nationally. This is the first year that craft beer broke double digits of market share. The goal is 20% by 2020. How can you help? You can buy more craft beer of course! Oregon has already surpassed this 20% mark — maybe it’s time for Pennsylvania to be next?
My favorite quotes about craft beer right now each came from Gary Fish of Deschutes Beer.
— Ginger Johnson (@WomenEnjoyBeer) April 15, 2015
And it’s true. We all hold the future of craft beer in our hands.
“This is the greatest age of beer in the history of the world” – Gary Fish #CBC15
— Jess Horn (@WDICraftGuy) April 15, 2015
I couldn’t agree more.
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