US brewers at record number
Total number of surpasses record dating back to 1873
The American craft beer boom has found a new way to manifest its relevance to beer drinkers. Today the Brewers Association, the non-profit trade body, announced that the all-time record for operational breweries has been surpassed.
The BA calculated that by the end of November there were 4,144 operational breweries across the country, a total surpassing the all-time high of 4,131 breweries that dates back to 1873.
“This is a remarkable achievement and it’s just the beginning,” said BA chief economist Bart Watson. “Beer has always been a hallmark of this country and it is even more apparent today as America’s beer culture continues to expand.”
The BA reports that there are now 15 states with more than 100 breweries – from west to east, they’re California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York.
The leading beer style remains IPA, and it continues to grow faster than the overall craft category.
While surpassing a more than century-old record is impressive, the total number of American brewers continues to climb – the Brewers Association notes that brewery openings now exceed two a day. If that continues over the next year or so, America will welcome is 5,000 brewers sometime in early February 2017.