We all know the Tap Trail loves IPAs. BUT our highly scientific poll recently denounced the IPA as the single most hated beer style. We like to think Tap Trailers are elevated craft beer drinkers are just see the next biggest trend coming!
According to CNBC the craft beer industry has grown by 20% to $2.3 Billion over the last 12 months. IPAs have accounted for 25% of that growth, or just over $500 million in sales.
IPAs: Everyone loves to hate the popular kid.
The hop-heavy, high-alcohol brew has grown at a faster pace than the ever-expanding U.S. craft beer market. IPA sales in the 52 weeks ended Jan. 25 jumped nearly 50 percent from the previous year, according to IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm. The wider craft segment rose about 20 percent.
IPAs accounted for about a quarter of craft sales in that span. Fervor for the hop-heavy ale shows no signs of slowing.