Craft Beer had an amazing 2016. Look out, 2017 is coming and the beer is on the rise.
Breweries are popping up all across North America at a rapid pace. The two or three in one town is turning into four or five, practically overnight.
Going for beers is becoming an outing in itself, it now rivals going out to dinner or a movie. Twenty-something’s actually prefer to go out for a beer on a first date, very low-pressure situation.
That is what the craft beer industry has brought in, on its own (*estimated). What can we expect for our beer lives in 2017?
In 2015 there were 4,225 breweries in the US. Almost double of what it was in 2012.
“The growth rates seen by craft beer are impressive, especially during a period when domestic and imported beers have shown a flat to declining performance. Unlike its domestic and imported beer counterparts, craft beer has been able to defy overall beer market trends and continue expansion during the economic downturn and subsequent slow recovery. While the craft and craft-style beer category remains a small segment of the $78 billion US beer industry, the category has been able to stabilize the overall beer industry, which has experienced volume declines in the domestic and imported beer categories since 2008.” Jennifer Zegler, Mintel.com
Not only is it a rise in popularity, and making its way throughout the US, it is actually helping out the economy.
According to Brewers Association, Craft beer put 55 million dollars into our economy in 2014.
It is the people like us, the beer snobs who make this possible. The ones who spend weekends at breweries, traveling to drink new beer, and always order local.
Most importantly, We have turned craft beer into a lifestyle.
2017 can only bring great things in the beer world. Breaking records one hop at a time.
Have a safe holiday beer snobs.