The Brewers Association, Boulder, Colo., welcomed approximately 14,000 attendees to the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & BrewExpo America, which took place April 8-11 in Denver. CBC offered important insights for the brewing community during the State of the Industry address and 96 various seminars featuring 240 speakers.
In the State of the Industry presentation, the association highlighted that although the overall beer market is down 1 percent, craft beer and imports are up 4 percent each, respectively. Although this is a deceleration to the double-digit growth that the industry saw as recently as 2015, the market still is going strong across other avenues. For example, brewpubs volume is up 13 percent, micro-breweries volume is up 16 percent, and taproom volume increased 40.2 percent.