Craft beer export volume from the United States increased by 3.6% in 2017, now totalling 482,309 barrels and valued at $125.4m.
The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers, reports that growth was seen in major markets, including in the Asia-Pacific region (not including Japan) which grew 7.4%, and Western Europe, which saw exports increase by 1.3%.
The UK accounts for 10.5% of US craft beer export volume, growing by 7.1% in 2017.
“The UK grew by 7.1% in 2017 to maintain its position as the second biggest export market after Canada,” says Steve Parr, export development program manager for the Brewers Association. “This growth is impressive when set against the thriving domestic brewing scene the UK is currently undergoing. It proves that the UK’s taste for American craft beer is far from waning and shows that American craft beer is continuing to break new boundaries.”
In 2017, the number of operating breweries in the US grew by 16%, totalling 6,372 breweries.