Apr 17, 2024 - News

Five San Diego breweries make top 50 biggest craft brewers list in tough beer year

The craft beer industry declined in 2023 the second consecutive year of negative growth for the once-booming industry, per Brewers Association data released Tuesday.

Why it matters: Competition between small, independent brewers and shifting alcohol-consumption habits present headwinds for a craft beer industry that had become accustomed to relentless growth.

Data: Brewers Association; Chart: John Frank/Axios

The craft beer industry declined in 2023 the second consecutive year of negative growth for the once-booming industry, per Brewers Association data released Tuesday.

Why it matters: Competition between small, independent brewers and shifting alcohol-consumption habits present headwinds for a craft beer industry that had become accustomed to relentless growth.

Yes, but: The craft beer industry didn't shrink as much as the beer market did as a whole, and new brewery openings nationwide outpaced closures.

By the numbers: Overall craft beer production declined 1% last year, the worst year since the Brewers Association began tracking the industry in the late 1970s.

  • Production in the overall beer industry declined 5.1%.

Zoom in: A number of San Diego companies made the Brewers Association's list of top 50 biggest craft brewers this year.

  • Tilray Beer Brands — which includes a San Diego County foothold after its 2022 purchase of Green Flash Brewing and Alpine Beer Company for $5.1 million — is ranked sixth.
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