Hey folks. I’ve been doing a lot of research on craft beer consumption and sales lately, and figure I should share some of what I’ve discovered.
All of this is according to the report on the economic impact of the craft brewing industry issued by the Texas Craft Brewers’ Guild earlier this summer. The report is authored by the great economist turned brewer, Scott Metzger, who founded and operates Freetail Brewing down in San Antonio. He is a great ambassador for the craft brewing industry and a great source for all things relating to the effort to change Texas brewing regulations. Watch his blog, Brewed and Never Battered, to keep up with what’s going on and who you can contact to show your support of these legislative changes. I will do my best to keep up with it, with an emphasis on our local area as well.
So now to the meat and potatos of this post:
– Texas has seen licensed craft breweries (defined as less than 75,000 barrels of annual production) increase from 2 in 1997 to 78 by the end of 2011.
– Texas craft breweries have increased production by 80,972 barrels, or 218%, from 2007 to 2011.
– Of that above mentioned increase in production, 23.5% came from new breweries with 76.5% from already existing breweries.
– Since 2008, overall beer sales have DECREASED by 3.7% while overall craft beer sales have INCREASED by 41.3%. During this same time period, Texas craft beer sales have increased 167.5%.
– In 2011, Texas craft breweries contributed $608 million to the Texas economy and employed 1,244 people.
Long story short, consumers are increasingly demanding high quality craft beer with a increasing preference for locally produced products. Anyone not living under a rock here in DFW could’ve told you that! With all the breweries recently established having so much success, it’s been hard to miss, even for casual beer drinkers.
All this is being compiled in an effort to pass new regulations during the upcoming 2013 legislative session. Senator John Corona, of the 16th district here in Dallas County, and Senator Leticia Van de Putte, of the 26th district in Bexar County, are forming a committee of industry stakeholders to evaluate current regulations and proposed legislation. As more information concerning this comittee become available, I will post about it, but in the mean time, I urge you to contact these representatives and let them know you support changes to brewing regulations. One particular point if emphasis to them should be the necessity to avoid giving the comitte too much influence from macro-breweries and their distributors, since these entities are the few who benefit immensly from the current regulatory environment.
You can find the full report on the economic impact of the Texas craft brewing industry here.
Also of interest may be this summary of current and proposed regulations, along with their effect on the industry. This was released by the House Research Comittee earlier this summer and presents arguments both for and against new regulations.