Texas Ranks Eighth in Total Breweries in the Country

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Denny Hurley
Yes, we do like beer.

As Monday slowly, and possibly painfully, settles in around you, take a look at this map The New Yorker released last week on the growth of craft breweries across the U.S. The interactive map shows exactly where and by how much the craft brewing industry has exploded, based on the Brewers Association's annual 2012 brewing report.

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Presented in brown hues of pale ales to porters, coupled with pint-sized to keg-sized displays of brewery growth, the map lays out where significant craft brewing has taken afoot. As of last June, there were more breweries in the U.S. than at any other time in our history. In 1887 there were 2,011 local breweries, then that number plummeted to just 89 in the 1970s. In the past three decades, that number has skyrocketed to 2,403 now.

Texas now ranks eighth in total breweries. However we're the color of lemonade (very light) when it comes to breweries-per-500,000 people. Karbach Brewing Co. is listed as the second fastest-growing brewery in the U.S., primarily on account of a deal it inked with distributor Silver Eagle last year -- the influx of cash helped the brewery grow substantially. Unfortunately however, Dallas Senator John Carona introduced legislation earlier this year that will now forbid brewers from getting similar financial backing in the future (if the governor signs the bills).

So, while you waste an hour or so perusing this map, consider taking a brewmasters class, because with all this excitement, it appears the industry is solid.



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Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

Actually, we are not higher on the list largely due to silly blue laws and other stupid legislation that unnecessarily restrict craft breweries in Texas. There are Bud Light drinkers in every state. :-)

Jeremy Tibbals
Jeremy Tibbals

Well i blame it on the masses of sheep who would rather drink Bud whatever or Cooers crap than a craft brew.

Alejandro Monjaras
Alejandro Monjaras

That low, the state with the second largest population should be higher :(

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Don't look for this trend to continue;  the current "small brewers" will lobby to change the laws that created this recent mini-boom..........oh wait, they already have.



dallas_paul
dallas_paul

@CitizenKane Yer crazy. Small brewers are about the most anti-protectionist lot you could ever find, and the only lobbying they've ever done is to relax laws, not impose restrictions of any kind. Go back to your Moon landing conspiracy support group.

SwingLow
SwingLow

@CitizenKane is there some proof that the small brewers have done this? By small are you talking about Shiner, or Peticolas? It was my understanding that the recent legislation is not great for the new guys, but is better than it used to be? The fact that my old crappy neighborhood store in Houston now sells craft beer says a lot. And almost nowhere in Dallas but gas stations don't sell craft beer. And some do. Now just need to expand local sales instead of established craft brands. 

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

@dallas_paul @CitizenKane You got that name calling down;  I suggest you stop shilling for the industry.

Small brewers care about market share;  for you to say they aren't interested in growing their production is just silly.  Prior to the changes, Texas beer consumers were experiencing a fantastic boom in well made truly small batch artisanal brews;  a very unique distribution system evolved in Texas that encouraged small brewers to stay small...a great thing for the consumer.  The brewers wanted changes that would allow them to grow...........Fact.

The new law will change the paradigm between brewer, consumer, and barkeep.  For the worse IMO.


dallas_paul
dallas_paul

@CitizenKane What law are you talking about? What "unique distribution system"? You've got so many factual errors in these posts, my head is spinning.

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