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Where craft beer is popular, state by state

Cans of beer sit stacked at Joe’s Beverage Warehouse on Nov. 8, 2018. The Joliet-based craft beer, wine and liquor store plans to expand its beer operation to Romeoville by March.
Cans of beer sit stacked at Joe’s Beverage Warehouse on Nov. 8, 2018. The Joliet-based craft beer, wine and liquor store plans to expand its beer operation to Romeoville by March.

The number of breweries operating in the U.S. surpassed 7,000 in 2018 and that number is expected to grow by close to 1,000 in 2019.

To try and learn more about the growing demand for craft beer, C + R Research recently did a deep analysis on the U.S. craft beer industry by analyzing the following trends:

• The most popular states for craft beer (measured by breweries per capita of adults over 21) 

• Economic impact per capita

• Brewery growth nationwide (Since 2007 the number of craft breweries nationwide has jumped from 1,511 to over 7,000!) 

• The states where craft beer has grown the most since 2015 (New Jersey, Kentucky, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia and New Hampshire top the list). All states had craft breweries.

Other craft beer enthusiast states are Alaska (6.8 breweries per capita), Washington (6.7), Wyoming (5.7), New Hampshire (5.6), Idaho (4.5), Michigan (4.5), New Mexico (4.4), Minnesota (3.9), Wisconsin (3.7), Nebraska (3.6), North Carolina (3.4), Iowa (3.3), Virginia (3), Pennsylvania (2.9), Delaware (2.9), Indiana (2.8), California (2.6), Ohio (2.6), South Dakota (2.6) and Massachusetts(2.5), at no. 25 on our list.

No. 50 was Mississippi with 0.6 breweries per capita. Other states that haven’t quite caught the craft brewery fever yet are Georgia (0.9), Alabama (0.9), Oklahoma (1), Louisiana (1), Texas (1.3), New Jersey (1.3), Utah (1.5), Kentucky (1.6), Arkansas (1.6), Maryland (1.6), South Carolina (1.6), Tennessee (1.7), West Virginia (1.7), Hawaii (1.7), Kansas (1.7), Nevada (1.8), Arizona (1.9), Missouri (2), Rhode Island (2.1), Illinois (2.1), North Dakota (2.2), New York (2.2) and Connecticut (2.2).

For the full report, visit www.crresearch.com/blog/state-craft-beer.

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