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Craft Beer Market

Craft Beer Market

Craft Beer Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking - Global Market Insights 2019 to 2029

Craft Beer Market
  • Sep-2019
  • List of Tables : 54
  • List of Figures : 89
  • 170 Pages
  • Food & Beverage

Craft Beer – More Than 25% of Demand to Be Generated from Pale Ales, Which Is Expected to Decrease Further by the End of 2029

Fact.MR’s recent study on the craft beer market shows that the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~ 7% in the forecast period. The global market for Craft Beer is valued at US$ 76,310.7 Mn in 2019.

An increasing number of breweries, lounges, and bars is fueling the growth of this market. Growth in millennial is expected to create a lucrative opportunity for the craft beer market in the forecast period. The per capita consumption of beer is considerably high, and craft beer is no expectation.

As, from the total beer market, the craft beer market accounts for more than 15%. Furthermore, consumers mainly from Europe, and North American regions prefer to drink premium quality craft beer. Growth of Gen X and Gen Y population has also incited the demand for craft beer. For providing proper pale ale, manufacturers are focusing on hops. Depending upon the brewer’s style, the pale ale beer producers are adding variable amount of malt and this is boosting the growth of the market.

The microbrewery is a brewery that produces small amounts of beer compared to independently owned breweries and large-scale corporate breweries. According to the US Brewers Association, there are tremendous opportunities and areas for bonus growth in the microbrewery industry.

Malt is the major ingredient for producing craft beer. Globally, the easy availability of raw materials is also creating a lucrative opportunity for the craft beer market.

craft beer market player concentration mapping

Craft Beer: Developing Regions in Asia to Provide Profitable Opportunity in the Forecast Period

East Asia is expected to overtake North America as the world’s prime beer market in the forecast period. The changing macroeconomic and demographic factors along with the increasing disposable income, is expected to boost the market growth for craft beer during the forecast period. Asia is witnessing a proliferation of breweries.

Jing A, Great Leap, Master Gao, Taps, and Slow Boat are the top craft breweries in China. The Craft beer wave began in 2010 in India, and now the consumption in India is growing at a rate of 20% annually.

Easy availability of raw materials such as wild flavors and specialty ingredients for craft beer are some of the growing opportunities in the developing market. Western culture penetration in India is giving rise to pubs and bars, which is further fueling the market growth in the region.

Also, distribution consolidation and increasing acquisition of emerging brands by large multinational companies are creating a challenging retail situation for all the independent craft brewers in the developing regions.

The number of craft brewers in Korea has also reached a count of 100. The overall popularity and consumption of craft beer in the developing regions has surprisingly increased over the past few years and is expected to grow rapidly in the forecast period.

craft beer market incremental opportunity

North America has dominated the crafts beer market with more than 36% market share. The rising growth of brewers in the region will affect the market at a higher level. The majority of players in North America are focused on offering flavored craft beer. The number of operating breweries grew by almost 12-14% in 2018, and the number of microbreweries has been significantly increasing in the US. Further opening of new brewpubs has also been witnessed since 2013:

  • Recent U.S. Brewery Count
    • 4,522 microbreweries
    • 2,594 brewpubs
    • 230 regional craft breweries

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Local Craft Breweries to Serve as Hidden Opportunities in the Craft Beer Market

Over the past few years the overall landscape of craft beer has changed considerably, with small local breweries reigning supreme in many ways. The fresh beer is more popular among consumers and this is the reason why less than 15% of the market share is acquired by large multinational companies in the craft beer market.

People are becoming more educated about that particular style of craft beer, and consumption of craft beer which are made, sold and consumed on the same premises is most popular.

Accordingly, brewers and consumers find local breweries as a place for family-friendly socializing. Moreover, the craft beer market is highly consolidated. According to Brewers Association, less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by a beverage/alcohol industry member.

Packaging Offers Lucrative Benefits in the Craft Beer Market

Packaging of the products plays a very important role in the beverage industry. More than 7,000 breweries in the United States are constantly competing and innovating to grab consumer attention by their packaging.

Brewers Association (BA) chief economist Bart Watson recently wrote that the upsurge in the use of canned packaging by craft brewers is now coming at the expense of bottles. The volume sales of bottled craft beer have slowed down in the year 2016 and is accelerated again in 2018. The increased use of 18 and 19 oz. cans among consumers also enhances the demand for canned craft beer.

Recently Allagash Brewing Company (36th largest craft brewery) stated that it will start offering Allagash White in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans. Feel of the packaging has become most significant in the alcohol industry.

According to Ink World, more than 73% of the consumers are more likely to buy if they are able to pick up the product during their commute. Raised text, catchy graphics, stickers, and tactile finish on the craft beer products can increase overall volume sales. Some of the brewers in the global craft beer market prefer to use full body shrink sleeves over canned packaging to achieve the best possible print quality on cans.

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Adverse Effects and Regulations Numbing the Craft Beer Market but Online Sales is ‘Warming’ the Sales.

Excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks affects health adversely, especially among adolescents. It affects the brain and degrades the neuron activity over time. According to the WHO report 2014, 3.3 million deaths occur annually, owing to the excessive consumption of alcohol.

Men account for 2/3rds of total deaths occurred due to consumption of alcohol. Moreover, the extra consumption of alcohol leads to liver damage, which can cause life-threatening situations for a human.

Further, alcohol can reduce communication between the brain and body of the human, which can cause numbness and tingling sensations in feet and hands. Excessive amounts of alcohol consumption can also lead to diabetes. Overall, there are many life-threatening problems which are hampering the growth of the craft beer market.

Many craft beer players use the money premise technique for representing duty purposes. Under the past guidelines, organizations were for the most part permitted to utilize this strategy if their normal yearly gross receipts did not surpass certain levels (generally a limit of $10 million). As the number of craft brewers grew, they ended up restricted in utilizing the money premise strategy for bookkeeping as they surpassed the gross receipts test. The US government is applying caps on many brewers for production and are applying extra duties and taxes if the number of barrel production surpassed the limit.

In North America, the license may be refused. There are as of now enough brewers in the territory, and adding another would be negative to the area’s advantage, ethics, wellbeing or welfare.

Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery states that some small brewers refuse to enter certain markets because of the local distributors’ reputation. That’s bad for these businesses and bad for the economy, but particularly bad for consumers, who would love to try the latest popular craft beers but can’t find them in their state.

In spite of all these constraints, sales of craft beer have seen a rise from the online sales channels. The simplicity of accessibility along with the convenience of delivery at home has made individuals run to online stores of their preferred brands to consume the items.

This additionally diminishes the examples of good policing and is viewed as a more secure medium to buy liquor by recent college grads. The craft beer makers are adding flavors and investing significantly to create flavored drinks in order to cater to changing tastes and preferences of the consumer. Also, the trend for low calorie and alcohol content craft beer is proliferating among millennials.

Market Leaders Strive to Stay on Top by Launching Flavored Alcoholic Beverages

Manufacturers are persistently propelling alcoholic drinks with various flavors to pull in buyers and increase volume sales over time. Interest among people to try new flavors is expected to increase demand for flavored alcoholic drinks and thereby to fuel the market growth of craft beer. The prominent players are engaged in offering craft beer in various fruit flavors.

Atrial Rubicite by Jester King Brewery, Avancé by Allagash Brewing Co., Soft Parade by Short’s Brewing Co., Seed by Bissell Brothers Brewing Co., Wisconsin Belgian Red by New Glarus Brewing Co., and Grapefruit Sculpin by Ballast Point Brewing Co. are some of the brewers that helped shift the perception of fruit-flavored craft beer in America. In 2018, AB InBev, a European beer manufacturer, launched golden Italian craft lager Lisa in the UK. The product has flavors of honey balanced with a soft bitterness and a clean, dry finish.

Global Craft Beer Market: Segmentation

Segmentation table of the global craft beer market has been provided below on the basis of product, brewer, sales channel, and region.

  • Brown Ales
  • Pale Ales
  • Porters
  • Stouts
  • Pale Lagers
  • Pilsners
  • Marzens
  • Bocks
  • Other Products
  • American Sour
  • Non-Alcoholic
  • Belgian Fruit Lambic
  • Flanders Red Ale
  • Belgian Gueuze
Sales Channel
  • Microbreweries
  • Brewpubs
  • Contract Brewing Companies
  • Independent Regional Craft Brewing Companies


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • APEJ
  • Middle East and Africa

Global Craft Beer Market – Scope of the Report

The craft beer market is envisioned to observe a moderate growth in the forecast period 2019 to 2029, according to the Fact.MR study. The study propounds key trends that are currently shaping growth of the craft beer market. This newly published and insightful report throws light on key dynamics, which are expected to transform future of the craft beer market, in turn creating flourishing avenues for prominent companies as well as emerging players associated with the manufacturing of craft beer.

The craft beer market study is a sinuous market intelligence on key revenue growth drivers, challenges, industry trends, and opportunities, which will eventually influence growth trajectory of the craft beer market. The report initially imparts an overview of the craft beer market, considering current and future prospects in the growth, to unveil attractive facets appertaining to adoption of craft beer across key regional markets.

An in-depth assessment on few of the craft beer manufacturers offered in the report enables the report readers to gain detailed insights that are derived from the craft beer manufacturers across the regional markets incorporated in the report. A list of key companies operating in the craft beer market provided in the report adds to the credibility of this exhaustive research study.

Global Craft Beer Market: Opportunity Analysis

The study offers a detailed intelligence on different factors influencing demand, sales, and revenue generation in the craft beer market around the world. The opportunity analysis included in the report is beneficial for the readers to better understand opportunities in the beer market, which will in turn trigger adoption of the craft beer.

An elaborated cost structure analysis provides the report with an innate completeness, and analysis offered on the cost structure involves all the regional markets incorporated.

A detailed forecast on the global craft beer market has also been offered by the experts, who have categorized the market forecasts into a likely scenario, a conservative scenario and an optimistic scenario regarding adoption and involvement of the global craft beer market across the forecast period. Analysis and assessment of price point by region has also been included in this study. The study also exerts details on aspects impacting strategies of the manufacturers within the global craft beer market.

Global Craft Beer Market: Analysis on Market Size Evaluation


Market valuation at global and regional scale for the global craft beer market is offered in terms of “US$ Mn.” A Y-o-Y growth comparison on the key craft beer market segments, along with the market attractiveness assessment quantifies insights delivered in the report. Metrics mentioned above are also tracked based on craft beer consumption across several regions where craft beer witnesses a growing demand.

Global Craft Beer Market: Scrutinized Assessment on Regional Segments

Weighted chapters have been included in the report on the global craft beer market, which imparts forecast on the regional markets recognizing the regional macros (business, economic and political environment outlook), which are expected to have an impact on the growth of the global craft beer market in the near future.

Country-specific assessment on demand for craft beer has also been provided for each regional market, along with the market size valuation, price point assessment, price index and impact analysis of key regional and country-wise dynamics. Y-o-Y growth projections have also been offered on all regional markets incorporated in the report.

Global Craft Beer Market: In-depth Analysis on Competitive Landscape

The report concludes with a weighted chapter on the competition landscape considering up-to-date and essential developments related to the market players, who predominantly engage in the production and distribution of craft beer along with a comprehensive SWOT analysis on each player identified together with the company strategies, identification and analysis.

Market share comparison and analysis of these market players offered in the report enables the reader to devise strategies for their businesses.

The intensity mapping of the market players operating in the global craft beer market provides readers with actionable intelligence, which helps in understanding the current market status and prospects determining the competition levels in the global craft beer market.

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