America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributorsare celebrating the excitement that entrepreneurial brewers bring to the beer industry and consumers during American Craft Beer Week, May 15-21, 2017.
According to data released this March by the Brewers Association (BA), craft brewers – as defined by BA – continued steady growth last year as American craft beer production volume increased 6 percent on a comparable base, representing 12.3 percent market share by volume of the overall beer industry. Craft brewers saw a 10 percent increase in retail dollar value, representing 21.9 percent market share. The data also indicate that craft brewers produced 24.6 million barrels of beer in 2016.
Additionally, the BA reported that in 2016 the number of operating breweries in the U.S. grew 16.6 percent, totaling more than 5,000 breweries. As defined by the BA, small and independent breweries account for 99 percent of the breweries in operation.