2016 is well behind us, but the numbers are still trickling out. The Brewer’s Association just released it’s May/June edition of The New Brewer Magazine. In it they detailed their annual Industry Review where 2016 barrel production for all US breweries was broken down.
For those unaware, a barrel is equal to two (2) kegs and a keg is 15.5 gallons. Each barrel is then 31 gallons. In each keg there are about 110 drinkable pints, when accounting for spillage and head. That means a barrel has about 220 drinkable pints. If you’re averaging $5 a pint, each barrel is worth about $1,000 when sold in-house. If you’re selling all in house and you sell 1,000 barrels (2,000 kegs) in a year, you’re gross revenue is roughly $1,000,000. Breweries take a big hit in revenue when they start to distribute, but it also allows them to greatly increase brewing frequency, volume and expansion.
Here’s how many barrels each Bellingham brewery produced in 2016 from most to least.