that's an interesting statistic! is it broken down at all by new startups vs. established breweries?
Not on the website. I believe the BA publishes some more in-depth statistics for members' eyes only, but I'm too poor to join right now.
It's also worth noting that the actual *number* of closures per year is also dropping. I said something similar in a previous thread, but I expect that in the next few years the number of brewery closings will increase dramatically as the nano market shakes itself out. No one can operate at a loss forever.
I've been reading about a bunch of nano startups in Chicago and been wondering how much shelf space and/or taps they're going to be able to get. I think the big local liquor chain (Binny's) has been pretty good about carrying all the local stuff, but I'm not sure about the smaller stores. There's been a bunch of out of state breweries arriving, too, and shelf space isn't infinite. Great for me as a consumer, though. Surly just came back and Ballast Point arrived last summer.