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Small, Independent Brewers Grow in Double Digits

By April 22, 2016Top News

BA logoThe Brewers Association (BA) released 2015 data that reports U.S. craft brewing growth. Small and independent craft brewers now represent 12 percent of market share for the overall beer industry. In 2015, craft brewers produced about 24.5 million barrels, equaling a 13 percent rise in volume. The number of operating breweries in the U.S. grew 15 percent, now totaling 4,269. Of that amount, 2,397 are microbreweries, 1,650 are brewpubs and 178 are regional craft breweries. Over the year, there were 620 new brewery openings and only 68 closing. Craft brewers provide nearly 122,000 jobs, an increase of more than 6,000 from 2014.

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