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Monday, 29 July 2013 19:39

Craft brewers see strong 6 months

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U.S. craft brewers had a strong first half of 2013, with dollar sales up 15 percent and beer production volume up 13 percent, the Brewers Association announced Monday (July 29).

And, says the Colorado-based trade association representing most U.S. craft breweries, the figures show a continued upslope of multiyear growth for craft beer.

About 7.3 million barrels of beer were sold by small and independent craft brewers over the first six months of 2013, the Brewers Association says. That's up from 6.4 million barrels for the same period last year. 

BreweryCountThe BA also noted that craft beer continues to grow, though overall beer sales (which include the big brewers like Budweiser) were down 2 percent for the January-through-June period of 2013. This year's craft beer sales and production outdid the first half of 2012 by 1 and 2 percentage points, respectively.

The Brewers Association's release can be found here. Other key take-aways:

  • 2,538 breweries operating in the U.S. as of June 30, 2013, up 446 breweries since June 2012.

  • Craft breweries total 2,483.

  • 98 percent of U.S. brewers are craft brewers.

  • BA says 1,605 breweries in planning at the year’s midpoint, compared with 1,252 a year ago.

Practically all New Jersey craft brewers have seen growth lately, with retail sales from sampling/tasting rooms becoming more important for the breweries, more relevant to their bottom line. Last year's regulatory change freed up Garden State craft breweries to sell cases and kegs from their tasting rooms, in addition to serving tour patrons pints of beer, a sharp shift from the old rules that restricted retail beer sales to a mere two six-packs or a couple of growlers.

New Jersey has two dozen craft breweries, with two licensed last year, a slower pace for start-ups than 2011, which saw five licenses issued. 

Right now, several breweries are on the drawing boards in New Jersey, while Iron Hill is on the verge of opening its second New Jersey location around the start of August. With that opening – the brewpub chain's 10 throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey – Iron Hill will become the first brewery-restaurant enterprise to open a second location since Basil T's in Red Bank branched out with a Toms River site in the late 1990s that is now Artisan's Brewery & Restaurant. 

Meanwhile, Rinn Duin Brewing in Toms River is working to wrap up its buildout, and has been targeting late August/early September for being up and running.


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