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Craft Beer Production - Industry Market Research Report

Craft Beer Production

Over past five years, the Craft Beer Production industry transformed into one of the fastest growing and most popular alcoholic beverage segments in the United States. The industry has experienced significant revenue growth over the five years to 2017. As consumers increasingly demand a greater variety of beers, including pale ales, lagers, seasonal beers, wheat beers, stouts and saisons, craft brewers have captured a significant portion of drinkers who had traditionally purchased light and premium brand beers. Since many of the industry's craft brewers are microbrewers, local brewpubs and regional producers, consumers have gravitated toward the industry's products for the attention to detail, range of beer styles, quality ingredients, high degree of expertise and overall freshness that craft brewers offer. Although both craft brewers and their competitors have speculated that the rapid revenue growth among industry brewers is poised to plateau due to market saturation, consumer demand for craft beer remains robust. Over the next five years, IBISWorld projects the industry to grow at a significantly slower annualized rate.

This industry includes microbreweries and brewpubs that produce beer for resale or consumption on premises. A microbrewery produces a limited amount of beer, typically no more than 6.0 million barrels (189,000,000 US gallons) of beer per year. A brewpub brews and sells beer on the premises and may prepare and serve food to dining patrons. A brewpub may also be considered a microbrewery if it engages in a significant amount of beer distribution on a regional level.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2017)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Demand from beer wholesaling
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2017)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2017)
    • Table Industry trade balance
    • Table Exports To...
    • Table Business Locations 2017
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
    • Table Trade Globalization
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table The Boston Beer Company (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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