Craft Beer Surges 16% By Volume In First Half Of 2015July 28, 2015
The Brewers Association reports a 16% volume rise in U.S. craft beer production for the first half of 2015. In the first six months of the year, craft brewers sold about 12.2 million barrels of beer, compared to 10.6 million barrels in the year-earlier period. This year’s mid-year total also represents an increase of more than 90% from 2012’s level of 6.4 million barrels.
At the end of June, there were 3,739 operating breweries in the U.S—about 700 more than in June of last year. A further 1,755 breweries are in the planning process. The Brewers Association defines a craft brewer as a company producing 6 million barrels of beer or less, being below 25%-controlled by a non-craft company and having the majority of its production in traditionally brewed beer.
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