Beer sales soared after Donald Trump won the election in November, with the retail beer market in the U.S. rising more than 7 percent in December alone.
The total sales for the beer industry in December were $13.4 billion, up from $12.7 billion in November.
In a statement, a spokesman for the National Beer Wholesalers Association said the numbers are a “clear indication of the strong demand for American craft beers.”
In a tweet, he said the industry had seen a “sharp rise in demand since November.”
The number of breweries that sell beer in the United States increased by 3.6 percent to 1,836, while the number of distributors that sell the beer increased by 2.3 percent to 3,826, the NBBA said.
The number in the retail market also rose, to 6,069, up 10.7 percent from 6,053 in November and a 15.9 percent increase from 5,923 in November last year.
Sales in supermarkets also rose by 4.4 percent, to 7.4 million barrels, with a 2.4-percent increase from 7.3 million barrels in November this year.
The beer industry is a crucial part of America’s economy.
In 2016, it employed more than 4 million people and provided nearly $3.6 trillion in economic output, according to the Brewers Association.
The Trump administration has proposed a steep cut in taxes for beer, a move that some industry leaders say could undermine the craft beer market.
“We are encouraged by the continued rise in beer sales and confidence that this president has given the industry confidence in his administration,” said Brian Balsam, vice president of beer sales for American Beverage Association, which represents brewers and distillers.
“There’s a real opportunity for American brewers to continue to expand their sales and grow their craft beer offerings.”