The Brewers Association (BA) recently published some very promising statistics for the first half of 2012. According to BA, dollar sales were up 14 percent in the first half, while the volume of craft beer sold had climbed by 12 percent. It was quite an impressive first half as an estimated 6.0 million barrels were sold by craft breweries.
If that wasn’t enough to prove that craft continues an incredible upward trend, check out the infographic below, showing the highest brewery count in the U.S. in the past 125 years!
The US brewery count has grown by 350 breweries since June of 2011, and has added numerous jobs to the economy. Currently, the craft beer industry contributes approximately 104,000 full and part-time jobs. Furthermore, the trend continues to grow as 1252 craft breweries are in planning phases, up from 725 only a year ago.
For more information, please visit the Brewers Association here.