The number of breweries in the United States is at an all-time high. At the end of last year the brewery count reached 4,144, compared to the previous historic high of 4,131 in 1873, according to the Brewers Association.
Brewery openings now exceed two a day.
Fifteen states are now home to more than 100 breweries: California, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Indiana.
IPA remained the top style sold by independent craft brewers, and continues to grow faster than the overall craft category.
Data shows that “locally made” is important to over half of craft beer buyers.
Similarly, knowing that the beer is made by a small and independent brewery is important to a majority of craft drinkers in their purchase decision.