If it feels like you can’t swing a stick without hitting a can of seasonal ale, you’re right: Craft beer is booming in America. It’s on the cover of The New Yorker and being poured 30,000 feet in the air; you can even minor in it at college.
According to data from the Brewer’s Association, a trade group of small and independent breweries, the boom is showing no signs of slowing. In fact, 2014 was a banner year in which craft beer production reached historic levels. Here’s a summary of the association’s stats, by the numbers:
Number of craft breweries opening per day, on average. Last month, there were more than 3,200 craft breweries in operation around the country—a figure not seen since the 1870s, which was pretty cool period. Not only was there a peak of 4,131 breweries in 1873, but it’s also the decade that the telephone and our national parks were created.
Maximum distance, in miles, that most Americans live from a local brewery, according to a Brewer’s Association press release from earlier this year. That’s how you know a country is great: When most of its citizens can drive to a brewery in the time it takes to drink a beer.
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The number of states that contain more than 100 craft breweries. They are California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Ohio. (Out of those 13 states, 7 also have some form of legalized marijuana. Just saying).
Percent of craft beer that’s consumed by women, with nearly half of those beer guzzling gals aged between 21 and 34. You can say what you want about millennials, but at least they’re drinking IPA instead of passionfruit-berry vodka coolers.
Percentage increase of IPA sales. The hop-heavy style is still the most popular craft beer around, and was also the most entered category at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, the largest tasting and competition in the country. On the flip side, sales of domestic light beers such as Bud Light, Miller Light and Coors Light are projected to hit a 10-year low in 2015, reports Businessweek. That’s gotta hurt if you’re an Anheuser-Busch exec, no matter how many Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Ritas you drink.