Looking for statistics on breweries in US

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asheft
beers 3161 º places 6 º 10:10 Thu 7/14/2016

Hey All,

I’m doing a little market research and am trying to get the number of craft breweries in the US divided by brew length. Anyone have access to such a list? I think there’s a report at Brewer’s Association, but it’s behind a paywall.

Thanks in advance for any and all help!

Cheers,
Alex

 
StefanSD
beers 2449 º places 57 º 10:32 Thu 7/14/2016

Brew length?

 
blipp
beers 12017 º places 219 º 10:40 Thu 7/14/2016

Originally posted by StefanSD
Brew length?

 
asheft
beers 3161 º places 6 º 14:39 Thu 7/14/2016

Brew length is another term for brewery capacity. What size (in bbl or hl) is the system.

 
beastiefan2k
beers 4705 º places 276 º 20:58 Thu 7/14/2016

BA has the info about how many "craft" breweries there are for free. Of course, the definition of craft often changes.

As far as capacity for each brewery, I do not think a list exists. It would be very difficult to quantify that since capacity is an ever-changing amount and how does contract brewing work? But a total number is available
https://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/2015-craft-beer-data-infographic/

You have the amount of barrels produced and the amount of breweries.

 
t0rin0
beers 102 º places 1529 º 21:05 Thu 7/14/2016

Originally posted by beastiefan2k
BA has the info about how many "craft" breweries there are for free. Of course, the definition of craft often changes.

As far as capacity for each brewery, I do not think a list exists. It would be very difficult to quantify that since capacity is an ever-changing amount and how does contract brewing work? But a total number is available
https://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/2015-craft-beer-data-infographic/

You have the amount of barrels produced and the amount of breweries.


I assume he’s talking about how much beer is made per batch. My uneducated guess is something like 80% of breweries are doing 7 or less bbl at a time with about half of those doing 3 bbl or less.

 
beastiefan2k
beers 4705 º places 276 º 21:12 Thu 7/14/2016

Originally posted by t0rin0
I assume he’s talking about how much beer is made per batch.

I think so as well. I would imagine its a hard number to nail down. I would also like to know how large (or small) are the breweries in the US.

I know who had the smallest capacity or brew length at one time
http://beerpulse.com/2011/08/coney-island-brewing-opens-as-worlds-smallest-brewery/

 
t0rin0
beers 102 º places 1529 º 23:25 Thu 7/14/2016

Originally posted by beastiefan2k
Originally posted by t0rin0
I assume he’s talking about how much beer is made per batch.

I think so as well. I would imagine its a hard number to nail down. I would also like to know how large (or small) are the breweries in the US.

I know who had the smallest capacity or brew length at one time
http://beerpulse.com/2011/08/coney-island-brewing-opens-as-worlds-smallest-brewery/


I don’t think it’s all that hard to nail down. I mean, yes, on a system designed to brew 7bbl of imperial stout you could brew 14 bbl of pale ale or 20 bbl of Berliner, but that could be standardized easily by just listing the volume of the mash tun or the kettle and settling on some conversion.

 
beastiefan2k
beers 4705 º places 276 º 00:09 Fri 7/15/2016

Me and t will just continue this convo.

To me, the hard part is collecting the info. Does BA do an annual survey of brewery mash tun sizes?

 
StefanSD
beers 2449 º places 57 º 07:31 Fri 7/15/2016

Looks like in 2015 about 4225 craft breweries reported producing 24,523,015 barrels of beer. Whether or not they were brewing to full capacity and how much unused headroom remains is anyone’s guess. Divide 4225 into 24.5m and you get 5,804 bbls per brewery avg.

 
asheft
beers 3161 º places 6 º 10:19 Fri 7/15/2016

So I’m just trying to get an idea for the numbers of small (say, <16 bbl), medium (say, 16 bbl to 100 bbl) and large breweries. I think the information is out there, but you have to be a member of the Brewer’s Association to get it. Would be great if a member of that group could chime in.

I found the data for Canada here: http://www.beercanada.com/sites/default/files/160711_2015_industry_trends_final.pdf.