Tuesday, June 14, 2022

A look at 2021 North Texas production numbers

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Presented is a chart showing a breakdown of brewery sizes in North Texas based on production data reported to the Brewers Association and published in the May/June issue of The New Brewer (this information was last covered in this space during July 2019).

Note that not all brewing companies provide their numbers, while others report numbers covering multiple locations. As a result, the number of brewing companies counted here does not equate to the total number of brewing operations open and operating at any given time.

Takeaways:
  • Smaller breweries continue to dominate the North Texas landscape, with the majority producing less than 1000 barrels per year. Moreover, the number of breweries producing more than 1000 barrels has not changed significantly over the past five years.
  • Movement between the higher tiers has been minimal over time, with only Martin House Brewing Co. of Fort Worth (2019) and Tupps Brewery of McKinney (2020) crossing into the upper threshold. Lakewood Brewing Co. of Garland is the sole entry to drop down, moving from "Large" to "Mid-Size" in 2020.
  • Based on total production, Martin House is now considered to be an independent "Regional Brewery." Other regionals owned by larger entities include Deep Ellum Brewing Co. of Dallas (CANarchy Craft Beer Collective), Four Corners Brewing Co. of Dallas (Constellation Brands), and Revolver Brewing of Granbury (MillerCoors).
  • Joining the aforementioned five, the other two "Large" producers in North Texas are Community Beer Co. of Dallas and Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. of Fort Worth.
  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on production, and by extension sales, can be seen in the total barrelage reported by North Texas breweries over the last three years. Over  barrels 190,000 barrels combined were produced locally in 2019. That total dropped to over 178,000 barrels in 2020, with levels recovering to over 189,000 barrels in 2021.

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