Monday, May 23, 2011

Beer Golden Age Infographic

William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill, co-authors of Craft Beer, posted an interesting infographic in Co.Design on Friday confirming that we are indeed in a golden age of beer. Some interesting tidbits:
  • Outside of the Prohibition period, 1978 marked the lowest number of American breweries (44) since around 1810.
  • In ~30 years since, we've added 1551 breweries in that time.
  • The peak in 1873 (4,131), although it seems unlikely that we'll ever hit that number again, given that there were likely a lot of breweries because many of them were small and didn't have the distribution channels we have now. Output was tiny (under 12 million barrels).
  • Today's breweries output about 200 million barrels annually. That number has stayed static since the 1980s, but a higher proportion of that number each year is coming from small craft brewers.
(thanks to Jonathan for the link)

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