U.S. Senate sponsors of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act: 51.
U.S. House sponsors of that bill: 100.
Value of Ireland’s beer exports in 2015: €265 million ($300 million).
Increase over 2014: 16 percent.
Average cost of a pint of beer in the UK this year: £3.47 ($4.61).
Increase over last year: 1p.
Licensed premises’ share of UK beer sales in 2015: 49 percent. For the first time in history, it fell below 50 percent.
Decline in UK licensed premises’ beer sales from 1980 until 2015: 44 percent.
Projected U.S. hop harvest for this year: 92 million pounds.
Acres of U.S. farmland on which hops are currently grown: 51,000.
Increase over 2011 acreage: 20,000 acres (64.5 percent).
Tax revenue from legal marijuana sales in Washington State in 2015: $64.6 million.
Tax revenue from beer sales in Washington State in 2015: $30.8 million.
Market capitalization of merged corporations SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev: $245 billion.
SAB Miller-Anheuser-Busch InBev merger’s rank on the all-time mergers list: 4th. The combined company is the world’s fifth-largest brand.
October-04-2016 09:50 Filed in: Beer | Trivia
Number of beers ordered by Bristol Motor Speedway for last Saturday’s Tennessee-Virginia Tech game: 545,000.
Attendance at that game: 156,990.
Ohio’s brewery count: 180.
Percent of Ohio breweries that intend to make 12-percent-plus beer now that the ABV cap has been lifted: 10.
Increase in 2016 craft beer sales over 2015 sales: 6 percent (compared to 19 percent the year before).
Percentage of top-ten craft breweries with lower sales this year than last: 50.
Decline in Samuel Adams Boston Lager sales from 2015 to this year: 13.8.
Tsingtao Brewery Company’s net income in the first half of 2016: 1.07 billion yuan ($160 million).
Change from the first half of 2015: Down 11 percent.
Number of tickets Toppling Goliath brewery issued for its Mornin’ Delight imperial stout: 500.
Number of people who logged onto Toppling Goliath’s website to buy Mornin’ Delight tickets: 80,000.
Average annual salary for assistant brewers at small breweries: $30,000-$40,000.
Average annual salary for head brewers at small breweries: $35,000-$47,000.
Style categories in this year’s Great American Beer Festival competition: 96.
Breweries expected to compete in this year’s GABF: 1,600.
September-13-2016 14:41 Filed in: Beer | Trivia
Percent of American adults who drink alcohol: 65.
Percent of American drinkers whose favorite beverage is beer: 43.
Percent whose favorite beverage is wine: 32.
Craft breweries’ share of the U.S. beer market: 7.8 percent.
Craft breweries’ share of malt used by U.S. breweries: 25 percent.
Number of Americans who brew their own beer: about 1.2 million.
Estimated annual production of home-brewed beer: more than 2 million.
Homebrewed beer’s portion of U.S. beer production: 1 percent.
Attendance at this year’s Belgrade Beer Festival: 480,000.
Beers served at this year’s Belgrade Beer Festival: 100.
Number of beer stands at this year’s Minnesota State Fair: 20.
Cost of a 12-ounce craft beer at the fair: $3.50-$6.
Cost of a 20-ounce craft beer at the fair: $6-$8.
Years since the first AleFest Dayton: 18.
Number of beers at this year’s AleFest Dayton: 430.
August-25-2016 10:43 Filed in: Beer | Trivia
Average price of a 1/3-liter draft beer in Lausanne, Switzerland: $17.60 (highest in the world).
Average price of a 1/3-liter draft beer in New York City: $9.22.
Average price of a 1/3-liter draft beer in Bratislava, Slovakia: $2.80.
Average cost of a pint of beer in 2016: $3.99.
Average cost (adjusted for inflation) of a pint of beer in 1952: $5.93.
Craft beer’s sales growth in the first half of 2016: 6 percent.
Imported beer’s sales growth in the first half of 2016: 6.7 percent.
Grams of carbohydrates in a bottle of Michelob Ultra: 2.6.
Grams of carbohydrates in a bottle of Bud Light: 6.6.
Pounds of spent grain produced by New Belgium Brewing at its Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery: 73 million.
Spent grain’s share of brewery by-products: 85 percent.
Style categories in this year’s Great American Beer Festival competition: 96.
Estimated number of beers expected to be entered in this year’s GABF competition: 7,000.
Beers to be poured at this weekend’s Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival: 1,107.
Breweries that will pour at the MBG Summer Beer Festival: 125.
July-21-2016 11:00 Filed in: Beer | Trivia
U.S. federal excise tax on a pint of craft beer: 3 cents.
UK excise tax on a pint of craft beer: 50 pence (67 U.S. cents).
Paid attendance at “10 Cent Beer Night” at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, 1974: 25,134.
Estimated number of 10-cent beers consumed by fans that night: 60,000.
Regular price of a beer at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1974: 65 cents.
Football Bowl Subdivision schools that will sell beer stadium-wide in 2016: 36.
Percentage of FBS schools that sell beer stadium wide: 28.
Estimated value of Budweiser’s brand: $14.73 billion (world’s most valuable beer brand).
Estimated value of Bud Light’s brand: $13.92 billion (world’s second most-valuable beer brand).
Average price of a bushel of U.S. malting barley in 2013: $6.58.
Average price in 2016: $5.75.
Capacity of a Game of Thrones-themed “Drankgon” beer bong: 64+ ounces.
Retail price of a Drankgon: $27.
Suggested retail price of the BeerDroid personal brewing system: 799 Australian dollars ($595 U.S.)
Size of one batch of BeerDroid beer: 10 liters.
June-30-2016 10:59 Filed in: Beer | Trivia
Increase in imported beer sales, by volume, in the U.S. in 2015: 9.9 percent. Mexican brands were largely responsible for the increase.
Increase in Mexican-brewed beer sales, by volume, in the U.S. in 2015: 14.2 percent.
Years since the founding of the Campaign for Real Ale: 45.
CAMRA membership in May 2016: 179,118.
World-wide compound average growth rate for the beer industry between 2008 and 2014: 1.8 percent.
Compound average growth rate for Africa’s beer industry between 2008 and 2014: 6.4 percent.
Compound average growth rate for Asia’s beer industry between 2008 and 2014: 4 percent.
U.S. Brewery openings in 2015: 620.
U.S. Brewery closings in 2015: 68.
Washington State’s current brewery count: 307.
Microbreweries’ share of Washington State’s brewery count: 71.7 percent (220 in all).
Industry-wide average price of a case of beer $22.50.
Average price of a case of Heineken beer $28.50.
Length of Heineken’s contract with Formula 1 racing: 5 years.
Estimated amount Heineken will pay F1: £100 million ($145 million
June-09-2016 18:05 Filed in: Beer | Trivia
Top ten brewers’ share of the craft beer market in 2015: 3.8 percent.
Their share of the craft beer market in 2009: 5 percent.
People employed by Ohio craft breweries: 2,500.
Ohio’s current craft brewery count: 190.
New York State’s brewery count in 2015: 240.
Its brewery count in 2012: 95.
Craft brewing’s impact on New York State’s economy: $3.5 billion (fourth-highest in the U.S.).
Boston Beer Company’s (ticker symbol: SAM) closing price on May 13: $150.04 a share.
SAM’s highest price during the past 52 weeks: $266.62.
Calories in a 12-ounce can of Budweiser: 145.
Calories in a 12-ounce can of Bud Light: 110.
Bud Light’s share of the world beer market: 2.5 percent (third overall).
Snow beer’s share of the world beer market: 5.4 percent (first overall).
Cost of a liter of Snow beer in China, its home country: $1.
Growth in Snow’s sales volume since 2005: 573 percent.
May-19-2016 08:36 Filed in: Beer | Trivia
Most expensive beer at a major league ballpark: $8.75 (Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies).
Cheapest beer at a major league ballpark: $4 (Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians).
Average cost of a beer at a major league ballpark: $5.96 (down 13 cents from last year)
Per-household legal marijuana sales in Spokane County, Washington, in 2015: $225.64.
Per-household beer sales in Spokane County in 2015: $232.70.
San Diego’s brewery count at the end of 2015: 114.
Its brewery count at the beginning of 2015: 97.
Dollar value of the U.S. beer market: $105.9 billion.
Craft beer’s share of the U.S. beer market: $22.3 billion (21.1 percent).
Extra large breweries’ (over 6 million barrels per year) share of U.S. brewery population: 0.4 percent.
Extra large breweries’ share of U.S. beer production: 84.3 percent.
Small breweries’ (under 7,500 barrels per year) share of the U.S. brewery population: 92.8 percent.
Small breweries’ share of U.S. beer production: 1.6 percent.
Styles in the Brewers Association’s 2016 Beer Style Guidelines: 162.
Net change in styles from 2015: +7.
April-14-2016 08:04 Filed in: Beer | Trivia
Craft beer production in 2015: 24.5 million barrels.
Increase over 2014: 13 percent.
Craft beer’s share of the market, as measured by production: 12 percent.
Its market share, as measured by dollar value: 21 percent ($22.3 billion).
Percentage of under-30 adults who said beer was their favorite beverage in 1992-93: 70.
Percentage of under-30 adults who said beer was their favorite beverage 20 years later: 40.
“Pay-for-play” fine imposed on distributor Craft Brewers Guild by Massachusetts liquor regulators: $2.6 million.
Craft Brewers Guild’s payoffs to bars and other businesses: At least $120,000.
Dollar value of Heineken’s U.S. sales during the 52 weeks ending January 24, 2016: $730.7 million.
Increase over the previous year: 1.9 percent.
Heineken’s share of the imported beer market: 13.1 percent (down 1.2 percent from the year before).
Years since Guinness opened its brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin: 257.
Years remaining on Guinness’s lease for the St James’s Gate brewery: 8,743.
Flavored beers’ share of new beer releases in 2010: 15 percent.
Flavored beers’ share in 2015: 27 percent.
March-24-2016 10:10 Filed in: Beer | Trivia
Price of a “regular bottle” of beer at Super Bowl 50: $13.
Price of a “premium draught” at Super Bowl 50: $15.
Cost of Anheuser-Busch’s anti-drunk driving Super Bowl spot featuring Helen Mirren: $10 million.
Estimated value of Peyton Manning’s post-Super Bowl endorsements of Budweiser: $3.2 million.
Germany’s annual hop production: 34,000 metric tons (first in the world).
United States’ annual hop production: 33,266 metric tons (second in the world).
Washington State’s share of U.S. hop production: 70 percent.
Beer’s share of the world-wide alcoholic beverage market: 80 percent.
Beer’s share of India’s alcoholic beverage market: 30 percent.
Beer’s share of the U.S. alcoholic beverage market in 2015: 48 percent.
Its share of the U.S. market in 2000: 55 percent.
Maximum weekly “units” of alcohol recommended by UK health authorities: 14.
Number of pints of lager in 14 units of alcohol: 7.
Boston Beer Company’s revenue in 2015: $959.9 million.
Increase over 2014: 6 percent.
March-01-2016 10:20 Filed in: Beer | Trivia