A new report from MillerCoors Brewing Company and Beer’s Law found that a significant percentage of consumers want to buy their beer, wines and spirits from a small local business rather than a big national chain.
MillerCoos report says that the beer, spirits and wine industry is growing at a slower rate than the broader economy, but it also found that there are fewer and fewer chains operating in the U.S. as a result.
Miller’s report analyzed data from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), which has data on more than 12,000 alcohol retailers.
According to the report, the total number of craft breweries and distilleries in the United States fell from 4,400 in 2007 to 3,600 in 2014.
This year alone, there were 1,824 craft breweries in the country, and just four distillerists.
Miller said that many of these smaller craft brewers are looking for an opportunity to make a buck on their beers, which would include the cost of the ingredients, as well as tax and shipping costs.
“There are many small craft breweries who are seeing growth,” Miller said.
“They want to make money for themselves, and they want to be able to charge customers in a different way.”
The report also found a sharp decline in the number of independent craft breweries from 7,000 to 5,000 in the last decade.
There were just 5,200 independent breweries in 2014, and there were just 17 in 2015, according to the TTB.
“Many of these small craft brewers have gone into the market and are doing really well,” Miller added.
“The demand for craft beer has grown, and now we’re seeing that it’s going to continue to grow in the future.”