United States Sees Historic Number of Breweries

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The Straub Brewery in St Marys, PA has brewed beer continuously since 1872. Credit: History-star (personal archives) [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The total number of U.S. breweries reached an all-time high in 2015, according to a year-end review from the Brewers Association.

The professional beer industry in the United States has passed a milestone this year with 4,144 breweries, topping the historic high of 4,131 breweries in 1873. Since prohibition, the United States saw its lowest number of brewing companies in 1978, with just 50 brewing companies and 100 brewing facilities.

To view an interactive timeline of U.S. breweries from 1873-2015, visit BrewersAssociation.org.