The fastest growing craft breweries in the US

By Rachel Arthur

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The Brewers Association, the trade association for US craft brewers, has released a list of the fastest growing craft breweries in 2017.

It is the first time the organization has compiled the list, saying that it wants to highlight breweries driving the sector forward.

Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association, said: “With 5% growth overall for small and independent brewers in 2017 and microbreweries and brewpubs delivering the majority of that, we wanted to spotlight some of the breweries driving that growth.

“As the growth base for craft becomes more diffuse, these fast growing brewing companies illustrate that a diverse set of success stories still exist.”

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The list includes only breweries that opened before the end of 2015; produce all beer in their own facilities, and report to the Brewers Association annual Beer Industry Production Survey.

Median growth from 2016 to 2017 for these breweries was 216%; the median size of breweries on the list went from 284 barrels in 2016 to 963 barrels in 2017.

These companies represent 5.5% of craft’s growth by volume for 2017 and include eight brewpubs, 40 microbreweries and two regional craft breweries.

The full State of the Industry report will be delivered during the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference; held from April 30-May 3 in Tennessee.

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