Percentage of Brewery Openings and Closings
The Brewers Association mid-year numbers are out, and brewery openings show no sign of abating. We’re on track to surpass 7,000 breweries in the United States, and the number of brewery openings in 2018 may actually exceed the total number of openings in 2017. As one might expect, brewery closures are also on the rise, but despite the larger numbers, closures have held at a consistent 4 percent of total breweries for the past four years. If that number holds true in 2018, we could expect about 250 breweries to close their doors. Here, we’ve projected out year-end 2018 numbers based on the mid-year trends.