In Alaska, the biggest growth story for retail beer has been the expansion of craft breweries in Anchorage, and this has led to a resurgence of the local beer industry.
The local beer scene, and in particular the beer drinkers that reside in the area, are seeing an uptick in consumption in recent years, as a result of the influx of craft beers into the market.
Beer has become a staple of the diet of many in Anchorage’s North End, where beer lovers have been known to gather on the street outside their local restaurants and bars, for hours on end, to sample craft beers.
With the rise of craft beer in Anchorage and the region, Anchorage has seen a surge in beer sales, which has seen the region’s overall craft beer sales increase by almost 40% since 2014.
But as more of the region sees the success of local breweries, the growth in craft beer has also seen an uptick as well.
A recent report by the National Brewers Guild, which tracks beer sales in the United States, shows that in the last three years, the number of craft brewery beers sold in Alaska has nearly doubled, to almost 8.6 million.
In 2017, a record 7.3 million beers were sold in the state of Alaska, with over 1.3% of the state’s beer consumed, according to the Brewers Guild.
And as craft beer continues to take off in Alaska, it has also had a significant impact on the overall beer market in the region.
“We’re seeing a lot of growth, and the craft beer scene has really picked up in the Anchorage area, and that’s led to some growth in beer consumption, which we’ve seen in Anchorage,” said Jeffery Marder, an economist and former director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Department of Commerce.
“In the last year alone, the craft brewery industry has grown from $1.2 billion to $2.5 billion in the past two years, and I think that’s going to continue to increase.”
According to the Bureau, Anchorage’s beer consumption grew by more than 20% in 2017, and is projected to grow by another 10% this year.
This is despite the fact that the region is still relatively small compared to many other states, which means that Anchorage’s overall beer consumption is still not quite as high as some other states.
Accordingly, beer consumption in Anchorage has been growing faster than overall beer purchases in other regions.
For example, in 2017 Alaska had about 14% more beer purchases than sales, and just over 16% more craft brewery purchases.
As more breweries open up and expand their production facilities, Anchorage is becoming more of a craft beer town, as breweries have more choices to choose from.
Another reason that Anchorage is seeing a boom in the local craft beer market is the fact there are more breweries in town.
At the time of this writing, the largest beer-producing brewery in the world, Ingham County, has just opened its doors.
Additionally, the opening of several breweries across the country has led many to speculate that Anchorage might soon be home to the next craft brewery.
Marder believes that Anchorage has become home to a “new craft” and said that while other states may be growing craft beer at the same rate, Alaska is experiencing a “double dip” of growth.
Alaska’s beer scene is experiencing the same boom as the rest of the country, and he thinks that this will only continue to continue as more breweries are opened.
He added that while there are still a lot more breweries than people in the country and as the number continues to increase, Anchorage will eventually become the “next big craft beer city.”
“The beer industry in Anchorage is growing at a rapid pace, and we have a very good and diverse selection of craft brands to choose, which makes it a very attractive place to open a brewery,” Mardar said.
However, Marders prediction that Anchorage will soon be the next big craft brewery doesn’t come as a surprise to the people of the North End.
Most of the beers in the North Point area are made by the local brewing company, Anchorage Brewing Company.
More than 80% of all beers in Anchorage are brewed in-house, which is a trend that is also reflected in the sales of the beer in the city.
Despite this, the sales and revenue numbers for Anchorage Brewing Co. are not as good as they are for other breweries in the same region, which suggests that Anchorage Brewing is not the “Next Big Beer City” as many are making it out to be.
While some in the industry believe that Anchorage could be the future of beer, Mardser says that the North Coast is still the future for the craft industry, which could change with the new beer trend in Anchorage