Posted October 21st, 2017 11:57:46With all the big beer companies already going into the Texas market this year, what does the state need to attract new companies to its booming beer industry?
A new article in the Austin American-Statesman points to the state’s lack of breweries, a state with a history of having fewer than 10,000 breweries.
While Texas has about 200,000 registered breweries, according to the latest state data, less than 10 percent of those are currently operating, according the Texas Craft Brewers Guild.
The Austin American Statesman noted that only nine breweries opened in Texas in 2016, and there are about 5,500 breweries nationwide, according a list compiled by the Brewers Association.
The state also has only a handful of state-certified breweries, with none opening in the last decade.
To add to the list, the State Brewers Association recently published a list of the top 100 most-populated breweries in the country, which included only nine.
The Austin Beer Blog’s Matt LeBlanc reported that the top five are: Anheuser-Busch, Avery, MillerCoors, Miller, MolsonCoors and MillerCooper.
It also noted that more than 80 percent of the states largest brewers are still privately held.
“I think we’re just at a very nascent stage for new companies,” Mike Regan, president of the Austin Beer Council, told the Austin Statesman.
“You’ve got to go out and get your beer in front of people who are willing to take a chance on you.”
To find a new brewery, Regan said, you have to take an educated guess.
“If you can look at the market, then you know what to expect,” he said.
“You’re looking at a brewery that is well-known and well-respected, that is already brewing, and it’s an established company.”
It’s important to keep in mind that the state is not alone.
Other states are experiencing similar shortages, and the problem has been exacerbated by the economic downturn, according Regan.
For example, the United States had more breweries opening last year than it did at any point in 2016.
The State Brewers Guild reported in December that about 8,500 companies were looking for new places to open in the United Stated, up from 5,800 the previous year.
And according to Regan and other industry experts, there are a number of other factors that could be contributing to the shortage.
“It’s certainly something that’s a combination of everything,” Regan told the Statesman, adding that Texas has more than 100,000 brewers.
“If you go to breweries in New York or Pennsylvania or Maryland, they’re open 24/7.”
Regan said that the number of breweries in other states has increased over the past few years, but that the situation is still far from the worst.
“When you look at all of the different sectors, it’s hard to pick just one thing, but there are things that are just not in line with the industry,” he told the newspaper.
“We have a really difficult job, and that’s to be honest.
The industry has to find its way in this economy.”