The beer biz never sleeps at American Craft Beer. And here’s some more of what’s been happening in the beer world, while you were drinking yourself through a hot August weekend.
Craft Breweries in St Louis Growing Faster Than The National Average (St Louis, MO) – Both in terms of the number of operating craft breweries and the amount of beer being produced, St. Louis has outpaced the national average over the last decade according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch.
Since St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch was sold to Belgium’s InBev for $52 billion in 2008, the number of craft breweries operating in the city has more than quadrupled from 12 to 52. Craft beer production in St Louis grew even more quickly as well, from nearly 31,000 barrels annually to more than 143,000, an amazing 365% increase.
Missouri, Anheuser-Busch’s home for more than 150 years before it was acquired by Belgian-based A-B InBev “recently saw its market share slip below 60 percent for the first time in more than a century.” In the ten years that have passed since that infamous acquisition more than 46 new craft breweries have opened in St Louis according to the Brewers Association.
Words To Drink By (St Louis, MO) – “You go to towns on the west coast that are the same size of St. Louis and there are 60 or 70 breweries there…so the opportunity for others is there.” – Mike Sweeny / 2nd Shift Brewing
Michigan Craft Beer Rules! (Lansing, MI) – St Louis isn’t the only place rockin it in the beer world, Michigan’s growth has some industry analysts wondering if some regions if the state are reaching a point of craft beer saturation…
Even though overall beer sales in Michigan have been declining for years, but the amount of craft beer produced and sold in the state has increased almost six-fold since 2007, according to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.
In 2007 Michigan had only 34 licensed craft breweries, which sold a little more than 900, 00 gallons of beer within the state. But by 2017, the number of craft breweries in the state had increased to an astounding 283 and in-state sales increased to almost 9 million gallons.
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