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An article in The Atlantic explores how craft brewers are thriving in the face of corporate beer monopolies. In the global and digital age, monopolies are on the rise.

Two craft brewers association recently released industry data. Craft brewers continue to grow in the face of their corporate rivals.

The key takeaways for 2017 are:

  • Craft grew at 5%
  • Imports grew at 3.2%
  • Overall Beer shrunk at -1.2%.

U.S. Domestics carried the industry loss.

The Beverage Industry’s Report shows that Bud, Coors, and Miller Lite shrunk at -4.6%, -.9%, and -.9% respectively.

In 2018, the revenue decline continues for domestic brewers. Anheuser-Busch declined -3.23%.

Some of the decline may be explained by declining beer consumption. In the United States, beer consumption declined from about 125 Billion liters in 1994 to just above 100 liters in 2016.

Craft Beer States

The California Craft Beer industry boasts that 95% of residents live within a 10% of brewery. The number of craft brewers nearly doubled since 2013, from 481 to 908 craft brewers operating across the State. Other States have vibrant craft beer trade associations:


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