- Member breweries produced 13.24 million barrels
- BA member breweries now control 6.5% of the market (up nearly a point in one year)
- BA member breweries earned 10.2% of the retail sales in the $99 billion market, up over a point from a year earlier.
- Total breweries in the US (not just BA member breweries) increased by a net 366 to 2,403.
But what really catches the eye is the one about sales. Keep in mind that 10% only counts member breweries--if you look at the total market for non-macro lager it's probably around 15%. And that is easily enough to put the whole business of selling beer upside down, particularly when you look at the trend line. As recently as a generation ago, mass-market domestic lagers controlled almost the entire market--97, 98% of it. Since then, thanks to imports, craft beer, and whatever you want to call that category Blue Moon is in, it has continued to dwindle annually. And it's now in freefall: in 2011, BA's member breweries sold $8.7 billion of beer. They took another 1.5% of the market in one year.
Americans' beer tastes are changing, and I don't think there's any doubt but that we've reached a tipping point. To what is not clear, but the country is not about to revert to drinking only mass market lagers.