Boulder, Colorado —Growth for small and independent craft brewers remained stable for the first half of 2018, according to new mid-year metrics released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. Production volume for the craft segment increased five percent during the first half of 2018.
“While more mature, the market continues to show demand for small and independent craft brewers,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “There are certainly industry headwinds, but this stabilized growth rate is reflective of the market realities that exist for brewers today.”
As of June 30, there were 6,655 active breweries, up from 5,562 during a comparable timeframe last year. An estimated 2,500 to 3,000 breweries are in planning, based on active Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) licenses.
“The data demonstrate that 2018 is on pace to have the highest number of brewery openings and closings to date. However, even as breweries close, openings continue to far outpace the number that shutter,” added Watson. “New players looking to enter the space should be aware of the constructs of the current landscape, work to differentiate themselves and will need to make quality beer to succeed.”
Craft brewer definition: An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately three percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.
About the Brewers Association
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RALEIGH, N.C. Lonerider Brewing Company, an award-winning company brewing ales for outlaws, announced today the launch of 2013 Vintage Hangman Barleywine. This is part of their rolling cellar series that releases popular styles that have been carefully aged to provide beer fans with a new and unique way to enjoy these award winning beers. This extremely limited release will be available in 22 oz bomber bottles and on draft exclusively at The Hideout (8816 Gulf Ct, Raleigh, NC 27617).
The Hangman is brewed with over twice the malt, hops and yeast of an average ale which makes it a unique american barleywine. The flavor of the beer will invoke a piney/resinous taste along with notes of caramel and lingering hop bitterness. The aroma has hints of raisin, dried dark fruits, toffee and more.
“Hangman was a favorite of ours at the brewery,” says Galen Smith, Head Brewer. “Brewing it was probably just as enjoyable as drinking it. It’s a pretty polarizing style as well. People seem to either love or hate Barleywines. I’m very pleased how well Hangman has aged, and I can’t wait for people to join us as we open up our tasty time capsule!”
The Hideout will be open at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 24th. This is a very limited release so don’t miss your chance to get this one of a kind barleywine. More styles in this series will be announced through the end of the year.
About Lonerider Brewing Company
Lonerider Brewing Company, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, opened on January 23, 2009, with a beer and a dream. Today, Lonerider is one of the premier breweries in the state, annually producing more than 20,000 barrels, with distribution in nine states and in Europe. Led by CEO and Chief Drinking Officer Sumit Vohra, Lonerider is a pioneer in the state’s thriving craft beer scene and is now counted among the top 150 craft breweries in the U.S. An Inc. 5000 and CED Top 25 winner, Lonerider crafts each of its Outlaw series beers with the highest-quality ingredients. As a result, Lonerider has a portfolio of award-winning beers, including medals from the Great American Beer Festival for its Sweet Josie and Deadeye Jack brews. Its Hideout tasting room is one of Raleigh’s most popular tourist draws for its year-round beers and seasonal offerings. www.loneriderbeer.com
Company: Lonerider Brewery
Contact: Tom Simon