Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Good Economic News for Good Beer

According to a press release I received yesterday,
From 2007 to 2008, estimated sales by craft brewers were up 5.8 percent by volume and 10.5 percent in dollarsĀ¹. Overall share of the beer category from craft brewers was 4.0 percent of production and 6.3 percent of retail sales. More than 1 million new barrels of beer were sold in 2008, and close to half of those barrels were beer from craft brewers.

"2008 was a historic year for beer with the large brewers consolidating and imports losing share, while the top ten selling beer brands dropped in sales. At the same time, small independent craft brewers continued to gain share and attention," said Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Association.
With two exciting new breweries on the horizon for the Kansas City metro (Dead Canary Brewing and Doodle Brewing Company) to add to our thriving local beer scene, we could be part of the economic upswing . . .

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Anonymous Nuke said...

Craft beer is doing well, at least partly, because it is good stuff, and the people who enjoy it continue to do so. Beer snobs are loyal to quality.

I for one haven't bought a single beer from a traditional big enterprise brewery since the last 4th of July. THAT beer was a gift for the host.

2/24/2009 3:22 PM  

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