Number of U.S. Breweries Hits 125-Year High
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.
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: