Yeah, things are slowing down in craft beer. But keep in mind that is saying something for one of the hottest growing business sectors in the US. 2016 saw a tapering off in in growth and, by some measurements, a regression. But there’s still over 5,200 breweries in the United States. It’s during these times that we take a step back and see where we’ve come and where we are.
As you can see, the best bet for beer per person, per region is the Northwest and Colorado. Washington State ranks third with 337 breweries. They took all this data and put together this sweet map showing the number of breweries per person per state.
Recently, Washington Beer Blog posted results showing that Seattle has the most breweries of any city in the US at 174. This was derived from calculating the total number of breweries from the surrounding metropolitan area and not within city limits.
Using Seattle’s metropolitan population 3.6 million they have 4.8 breweries per 100,000 people.
Instead of staying within city limits, Datafiniti looked at Metropolitan Statistical Areas. For instance, instead of looking at San Francisco proper, they included the surrounding cities in the Bay Area. For Seattle, they included what we we would call the Seattle-Tacoma area. Among other top cities for breweries, Chicago ranked second, followed by Denver and Portland.