The total number of U.S. breweries reached a record level in 2015, according to a year-end review from the Brewers Association. As of the end of November, there are now 4,144 breweries in the country, topping the historic high of 4,131 breweries in 1873.
“This is a remarkable achievement, and it’s just the beginning,” Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewers Association, said in the press release. “Beer has always been a hallmark of this country and it is even more apparent today as America’s beer culture continues to expand.”
Of note in 2015:
- Brewery openings now exceed two a day
- Fifteen states are now home to more than 100 breweries
- IPA remained the top style sold by independent craft brewers, and continues to grow faster than the overall craft category
Check out an interactive timeline of U.S. breweries from 1873 to 2015 and learn more about this year in U.S. beer on the Brewers Association website
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