Dollar growth up 15% in first six months of 2011; U.S. sees rapid growth in breweries in planning
Boulder, CO • August 8, 2011 – The Brewers Association, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, today released strong mid-year numbers for America’s small and independent craft brewers¹. Dollar sales were up 15 percent in the first half of 2011, excluding brewers who left the craft segment in 2010². Volume of craft brewed beer sold grew 14 percent for the first six months in 2011, compared to 9 percent growth in the first half of 2010. Barrels sold by craft brewers for the first half of the year are an estimated 5.1 million barrels. Despite many challenges, the mid-year numbers show signs of continued growth for craft breweries. The industry currently provides an estimated 100,000 jobs, contributing significantly to the U.S. economy.
Company: Brewers Association
Contact: Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director