Hopped Up Figures | Craft Beer by the Numbers


The maximum number of barrels a brewery can produce each year to be considered a microbrewery.


The year the oldest operating brewery in the United States was founded. Yuengling Brewery opened its doors on this year in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where it continues to brew and bottle beer.


The number of bike shop/beer bars operating in the state of Colorado. Fans of two-wheel transportation and craft beer can get a tune-up, buy new gear and enjoy a pint, all at the same time at the CyclHOPS Bike Cantina in Longmont, The Denver Bicycle Cafe in Denver and the Road 34 Deli & Tavern in Fort Collins.


The number of categories of beer judged at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015.

$55.7 billion

The economic impact the Craft Brewing Industry contributed to the U.S. economy in 2014.


Number of barrels produced by New Belgium Brewing Company, Colorado’s largest craft brewery, in 2014.


The year an operating draft beer system was installed at the governor’s mansion in Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper co-founded the Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver in the late 80s before entering into a career in politics. The mansion’s draft system features three rotating draft lines of craft beers brewed in the state of Colorado.

1 billion

The amount in dollars that alcoholic beverage conglomerate Constellation Brands paid for San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewery for in 2015.


According to the Boulder-based Brewers Association, this is the estimated number of craft breweries that are currently operating in the United States.


The cut-off percentage of Alcohol By Volume (ABV) for “Session” beers—a trend in craft beer that emerged in recent years and is expected to continue on through 2016. “Session” beers are low in ABV, allowing the consumer to drink multiple within a reasonable time period or session. (See Eddyline’s 4.5-percent-ABV Boater Beer.)

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