Itís Official Ė 2000
When Brewers Association staff returned home after the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego, they turned their attention to the end-of-month reports they pull from the database for member count, operating brewery count, dues sent in by members, BA Forum users, and circulation numbers for The New Brewer. Lo and behold; the operating brewery count hit 2,051 as of April 30, 2012. The current count of craft brewers stands exactly at 2,000 and the count of domestic non-craft brewers stands at 51.
These counts are for brick-and-mortar facilities, and does not include contract or alternating proprietorship operations so that there isn't a double-counting of breweries.