German winter barley and rapeseed yields should be about 10 percent higher than last year, based on harvest results, farm lobby Deutscher Bauernverband said.In the past couple days, BeerPulse alerted me to these stories:
- Mexican Craft Beer Scene Booming.
- A story on the first nonprofit pub--here in Oregon (natch)
- Craft beer may be booming, but consolidation is, too: so far this year, there have been 45 acquisitions.
- Anchor's growing, a second brewery is "inevitable." (Most interesting fact: it only produced 104,000 barrels last year. I thought it was much bigger.
In other news, the Brewers Association released half-yearly numbers, and I am no longer sanguine about the rate of new brewery openings.
The U.S. now boasts 2,126 breweries—an increase of 350 additional breweries since June 2011. The BA also tracks breweries in planning as an indicator of potential new entrants into the craft category, and lists 1,252 breweries in planning today compared to 725 a year ago. Additionally, the count of craft brewers was at 2,075 as of June 30, 2012 showing that 97 percent of U.S. brewers are craft brewers.They include this graph, and the near-vertical line on the right-hand side looks a whole lot like the beginnings of a bubble. (For an unsettling comparison, have a look here.)
It may warrant a bit more blogging once I digest the numbers a bit.