Craft Beer Enjoys Another Stellar Year in Sales, Growth

December 6, 2016

Reflecting on the significant impact of small and independent craft breweries in 2016, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—looked back on the defining beer moments of 2016.

“In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive,” says Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “This community should be very proud of what it has accomplished and how far it has come.”

Of note in 2016:

Brewery Count: Five thousand strong and growing, there are now 5,005 breweries in the U.S. compared to 10,000 wineries. Almost