Craft Beer Market Outlook-2026
The global craft beer market size was valued at $108,912 million in 2018 and is expected to reach $186,590 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 8.0% from 2018 to 2025.
Over the past couple of years, there has been a rise in demand for various traditional beers, which includes craft beer as well. Craft beer is one of the main types of beer which is processed with a traditional or non-mechanized procedure by small breweries. The American Brewer Association (ABA) defines craft brewery as ‘small’, ‘independent’ and ‘traditional’. The Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less, refers to small craft brewery. Whereas in independent craft brewery, less than 25% of craft brewery is owned and controlled by a beverage alcohol industry member.
The surge in demand for more beer styles coupled with increase in per capita income among the target customers has triggered the demand for craft beer in some of the key beer consuming regions. Craft beer is typically more expensive than standard lager beers. As a result, consumers with higher income are the prime customers for the global craft beer market. Higher incomes not only stimulates an increase in the demand for more expensive products but also stimulates the demand for more variety. It is thus, not surprising that the craft beer market expanded as incomes increased substantially in industrialized countries in the decades.
Beer in general has been the subject of many government regulations. Regulations serve several objectives such as enhancing government revenues through beer taxes, protecting consumer health, protecting society from alcohol abuse, reducing the price of bread grains, and constraining market power. Similarly, with the surge in demand for craft beers, governments have endured two-way interaction with rules and regulation. On one hand, regulations have stimulated, or constrained craft brewing compared to microbrewers. On the other hand, the growth of craft brewing has induced changes in regulations that have facilitated the subsequent entry of craft breweries.
The global craft beer market is segmented on the basis of product type, distribution channel, age group, and region. By product type, it is divided into ale and lager. According to distribution channel, it is bifurcated into on-trade and off-trade. As per age group, it is divided into 21–35 Year Old, 40–54 Year Old, and above 55 Years old. Region-wise, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
By product type, it is segmented into Ale and Lagers. Among these product types, ale accounted for a higher craft beer market share. The ale segment is further segmented into pale ale, brown ale, Scottish-style ale, porters, and stouts. Over the years, most of the beer consuming customers have developed a special preference for traditional beers such as pale ale, porters, and stout. This consumer perception has driven some of the key players in the global beer market to reinstate different types of traditional beers into the market. For instance, in 2019, Heineken launched a new line of craft beer for the UK market.
By distribution channel, it is bifurcated into on-trade and off-trade. The on-trade segment accounted for a higher market craft beer market share. The on-trade distribution segment includes outlets such as bars, restaurants, coffee shops, clubs, and hotels. The distribution and sales of products in the on-trade market differs completely from the approach and practice used in the off-trade market. In the on-trade segment, bar/restaurant owner/manager and the professionals working at any of trade outlet (bartenders and waiters) play an important role in the sales process. Consumers seek more comfortable and stylish experience in case of on-trade premises that include brewpubs, tasting rooms, and tiki bars. This factor drives the increase in the pub and bar culture among millennials. This, in turn, fosters the craft beer market growth.
By age group, it is divided into 21–35 year old, 40–54 year old, and 55 year and above. The people in the age group 21–35 years are referred to as millennials. They have been influential in the evolution of various industries, in terms of product offerings and services. When it comes to global craft beer market, millennials have been the prime customers. The craft beer brewers have been continuously strategizing on evolving its product offerings that cater to varying perception and preference of the millennial segment. Thus, rise in number of millennials is anticipated to provide lucrative opportunities for the global craft beer market forecast.
Region-wise, Europe dominates the craft beer market. The region has witnessed surge in the consumption rate for different type of craft beers. Due to rise in demand for these kinds of beers, Europe comprises both regional as well as international players that play a pivotal role in the growth of the craft beer market size, in terms of value.
Key players profiled in the craft beer industry include Anheuser-Busch InBev, Carlsberg Group, Diageo PLC, Heineken N.V., Erdinger Brewery, Lasco Brewery, Oettinger Brewery, Radeberger Brewery, and BAVARIA N.V.
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