Craft Beer Production in the US: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Craft Beer Production Market Research Report | Consumer Goods & Services | Beverage Production | Aug 2013

Interest brewing: Increasing popularity will continue to drive revenue for craft beer brewers

IBISWorld’s Craft Beer Production market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Boston Beer Company Boston Beer Company market share
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Sierra Nevada Brewing Company market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 08-13
Annual Growth 13-18
Purchase to read more
Purchase to read more
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Despite an often limited distribution reach and high price points, craft beer has increased in popularity among US beer drinkers. A consumer shift to drinking at home during the recession, as opposed to on premises, benefited companies in the industry because it is easier to place products on retailer shelves than in restaurants or bars that offer a limited selection of alcoholic beverages. During the next five years, the industry is forecast to benefit from brand recognition and increasing disposable income. Beer wholesalers are expected to weigh their product mix toward higher-end products in response to consumer demand and to boost profitability, which will further favor industry products.... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

Craft breweries require substantial amounts of capital investment in the form of equipment and plants, although this varies depending on the size of the brewer. On average, firms spend $0.20 on capital for every dollar spent on wages. Brewing equipment, including stills, filtration systems, bottling lines and other machinery are bought when a plant is first established but require continuous maintenance and repair. The majority of the production process is mechanized and does not require a significant level of labor. On average, labor costs account for about 14.2% of industry revenue in 2013. Increases in automation, and technological improvements in brewing equipment will continue to curb the industry's reliance in labor... purchase to read more


Industry ProductsRelated ReportsTable of Contents

What is the Craft Beer Production Industry?

This industry includes microbreweries and brewpubs that produce beer for resale or consumption on premises. As defined by the American Brewers Association (ABA), a microbrewery produces up to 6 million barrels (186,000,000 US gallons) of beer a year. Brewpubs brew and sell beer on their premises as well as prepare and serve food. A brewpub may also be considered a microbrewery if production has a significant distribution beyond the premises (75.0% based on the ABA's definition).

Industry Products
Pale AlesLagersStouts and PortersSeasonal Beers
Industry Activities
Brewing and selling Pale Ale beersBrewing and selling Lager beersBrewing and selling seasonal beersBrewing and selling Stouts and Porters

View Sample
Select Clients