This article was originally published in Craft Brewing Business on March 16. 2016.
We continue our salute to brewhouse purchasing this week with a look at buying trends. Ever wonder what all of your craft brewing peers are buying these days? Of course you have, you nosy O’Donnell. Well, you’re in luck, because there are no nosier than your pals at CBB. To help us answer this question, we turned to Kinnek, the ultimate craft brewery purchasing marketplace. Learn more about them here >>
Last year, we asked a similar question and looked at the answers by region. Last year, the “brewhouse belt” stretched from Montana down to New Mexico, as well as an active corner in the northeast, thanks to Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. This year, we just wanted the straight numbers:
In the table pictured on the right, we see the most requested and least requested craft brewing supplies within the Kinnek marketplace in 2015 (percent change compared to 2014). Remember that equipment purchasing is more tied to industry expansion, so a slight dip in brewhouses could indicate a subtle slow down in the massive year-over-year growth in overall breweries.
And geez, everyone is good on growlers, I guess?
But because Kinnek is a group of overachievers, the team also sent over this fun heat map, which displays the “State of the Union” for breweries in 2015.
On the right, Kinnek shows us the states with the most breweries in 2015 (adjusted for population) on the left and the states with the greatest increase in craft breweries on the right. All of this is based on the number of requests through its system. Last year, much of Kinnek's requests per capita for brewery equipment and supplies came from the Northwest region of the United States, with Vermont and Delaware representing the East Coast.
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