By Bear State Bank

Beer by the Numbers

  • Last fall was a milestone in the brewing arts as the 5,000th brewery opened in the U.S. That’s an all-time high, surpassing the previous record set in 1873, long before consolidation and Prohibition transformed the industry. Today there are over 5,300 breweries, a stark contrast to the 1980s, when there were fewer than 100 brewing operations.
  • America’s tastes are turning craft beer, but sales by small and independent brewers represent only 12.3 percent of market share by volume. 


Know the differences between a microbrewery and a brewpub? The Brewers Association defines the market thusly:

Microbrewery: Produces fewer than 15,000 barrels annually with 75% plus of its beers sold off-site.

Brewpub: A restaurant/brewery that sells 25% or more of its product on site.

Regional Brewery:  Production of between 15,000 and 6,000,000 barrels annually.

Large Brewery: Annual production of over 6,000,000 barrels.


Breweries* in Bear State’s states:

Missouri: 111, with 46 microbreweries and 34 brewpubs

Arkansas: 38, with 21 microbreweries and 12 brewpubs

Oklahoma: 42 with 19 microbreweries and 4 brewpubs


Source: Brewers Association
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