The Changing Geography Of Beer

Beer Production Growth

Daniel Fromson heralds the nationwide rise of the craft brewery:

The pioneering “microbreweries” of the seventies and eighties—among them Anchor Brewing, New Albion Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, and the Boston Beer Company—were mostly founded in California and New England. Current trends reflect this history: twenty-seven of the country’s fifty largest craft breweries are located in California, Oregon, New England, or the Mid-Atlantic (with eleven in the Golden State alone). … But [as the map above shows] from 2011 to 2012, annual production grew faster in the South than just about anywhere else, with the fastest-growing producers including Alabama (first out of all fifty states), Tennessee (fifth), Florida (seventh), and Kentucky (eighth). Other rapidly growing producers include Minnesota, Nevada, and Oklahoma.

Mark Perry celebrates the spread of breweries:

There are now more breweries in the US than ever before – 2,416 as of March 2013 (including 2,360 craft breweries) – according to the Brewers Association (“A Passionate Voice for Craft Brewers). Compared to the low of 89 US breweries in the late 1970s, there’s been a 2,600% increase in US breweries, primarily because of craft breweries.

Interactive version of the above graphic here.