On Monday, the Brewers Association released very strong mid years numbers for Americas Craft Breweries. Dollar sales were up 12% in the first half of 2010, compared to 9% in the same period in 2009. Volume sales grew 9% for the first 6 months of the year, compared to 5% in the first half of 2009. All of this as total beer sales in the U.S. fell 2.7% during this time period.
Craft beer continues to be one of the few rising industries during these challenging economic times in the U.S., and is providing over 100,000 jobs for Americans. It is becoming more and more obvious that people are trending towards craft and artisan products across all aspects of the market.
And beyond all this, there was an addition of 100 craft brewers in the U.S. during the last year bringing the total to 1,625 breweries. While this may seem like a lot, it is; we are now back above the number of breweries that existed in the U.S. before prohibition! Well done guys!