How Big Is the Beer Industry in the United States?
The United States beer industry shipped over 200 million barrels of beer in 2017, which is roughly close to three billion cases of beer. Most beer consumed in the United States is domestically produced, with over 80% being made in the country. The remaining amount of beer that is consumed in the United States is imported from close to 100 different countries from around the globe. In 2017, those who were 21 years old or older consumed on average 27 gallons of beer and cider per person. Three-quarters of the United States population is over the age of 21, and the beer industry sells over $110 billion dollars' worth of beer or malt-based beverages each year. The craft beer industry in the United States is booming, and by 2017, there were over 5600 different brewing facilities or locations in the United States.
An American craft brewer would be a small and independent brewery, who derives its flavors from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients along with the fermentation of these ingredients. As of 2018, the number of breweries and locations has reached over 6000, and within the United States, there are more than 150 different beer styles, and over 20,000 brands to choose from. Within the United States, the number of traditional beer distributors has decreased, whereas the number of new entrants into the alcohol beverage wholesaling sector has increased. Consumer studies in 2017 indicated that 40% of the U.S. population prefer beer, 30% choose wine, and 26% prefer spirits.