Over the past couple of years, the craft beer revolution has gained serious momentum, especially in the United States. Back in 2008, there were 1,500 US craft breweries and this figure grew to 3,400 in 2014, according to the Brewers Association. A report from Alltech has now revealed that there are 4,483 craft breweries operating across North America in 2015.
How does the rest of the world compare to the scale of the North American craft beer boom? Alltech also examined the number of breweries around the world, finding that Europe actually edges the US by three. All in all, Europe has 4,486 craft breweries and when it comes to individual countries, the United Kingdom comes first with 723. France is in second place with 654 while Italy completes Europe’s top three with 600. There are over 10,000 craft breweries worldwide and 86 percent of them can be found in North America and Europe.
Story courtesy of Forbes by Niall McCarthy.