According to a report published by the Brewers Association, the brewing craze is still booming. Some highlights from the report include:
- An estimated 6 million barrels of beer were sold in the first six months of 2012.
- The U.S. now has 2,126 breweries—an increase of 350 additional breweries since June 2011, and there are 1,252 breweries in planning.
- There are 2,075 craft breweries, which means that 97 percent of U.S. breweries are craft breweries.
- The industry currently provides an estimated 104,000 full-time and part-time jobs.
Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Association
, also notes that, "Beer drinkers are responding to the quality and diversity created by small American brewing companies. India pale ales, seasonal beers, Belgian-inspired ales and a range of specialty beers are just a few of the beer styles that are growing rapidly.”
Think about all of those brewers and beer drinkers that will need craft beer shirts and beer soap! Oh, and, check out this nifty graphic: