- Craft brewers currently provide an estimated 100,000 jobs in the U.S., including serving staff in brewpubs.
- Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2010 was 11% by volume and 12% by dollars compared to growth in 2009 of 7.2% by volume and 10.3% by dollars.
- Craft brewers sold an estimated 9,951,956 barrels* of beer in 2010, up from 8,934,446 in 2009.
- The craft brewing sales share in 2010 was 4.9% by volume and 7.6% by dollars.
- Craft brewer retail dollar value in 2010 was an estimated $7.6 billion, up from $7 billion in 2009.
- 1,753 breweries operated for some or all of 2010, the highest total since the late-1800s.
A transition beer is usually a beer that is meant to clear the palette during tasting so that the taster has a clear view of the qualities of the ale in which they are tasting. Another use for these types of beers, which usually consist of a beer that is lighter in both color and taste, could be to transform light beer lovers into CRAFT beer lovers by offering them a beer that is similar in color, but is both better tasting and higher quality. Beers that are often used for this purpose are ones like cream ales, kolsch beers, American-style wheat beers, or any number of other unimposing, lighter beers.
Here is a challenge to cap off American Craft Beer Week. Convert a friend. Introduce one of your friends to craft beer. Or, if you have not had the pleasure of experiencing a local beer from your neck of the woods. I encourage you to seek out your local brewpub or craft brewery and try one for yourself. You will not be disappointed.