Craft Beer Industry Grows 13 Percent

Published: 04/24/2012

BOULDER, Colo. — The U.S. craft brewing industry experienced 13 percent volume growth and a 15 percent increase in retail sales in 2011, according to preliminary numbers from the Brewers Association.

In 2011, craft brewers represented 5.68 percent of volume of the U.S. beer market, up from 4.97 in 2010, with production reaching 11.4 million barrels. Additionally, the BA estimates the actual dollar sales figure from craft brewers in 2011 was $8.7 billion, up from $7.6 billion in 2010. Increased retail sales represented 9.1 percent of the $95.5 billion dollar U.S. beer market.