Some interesting data on 2017 growth including projections and cautions for brewers looking to survive the future. https://www.brewbound.com/news/brewers-association-new-brewers-set-realistic-growth-expectations One particularly interesting bit is the numbers on 2017 growth. "During their presentation, Watson and Gatza confirmed growth figures that were released in March — one in eight beers purchased in 2017 came from small and independent brewers. Watson said craft’s 12.7 percent share of U.S. beer market volumes last year was a record, and noted that craft dollar share increased to 23.4 percent. “Craft share is at an all-time high,” he said. “But at the same time, it’s more competitive than ever out there, in particularly with competition from the world’s largest brewers and not to mention wine and spirits.” .... “I don’t think we’re ever going to see a year with three or three and a half million barrels added again,” he said. As growth has slowed, that’s led to an increasing number of brewery closures. Last year, 165 breweries shuttered, the most in the modern craft era, Watson said. ...." My personal prediction is that in the next few years we'll be seeing a continuing increase each year in the number of breweries closing per year.