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Brewing Industry: Industry Info

Types of Breweries

Macrobreweries: Breweries that produce more than 15,000 U.S. beer barrels (460,000 U.S. gallons) annually. 

Microbreweries: Breweries that produce fewer than 15,000 U.S. beer barrels (460,000 U.S. gallons) annually and sells more than 75% of that beer in an offsite location.

Nanobreweries: A smaller microbrewery that produces fewer than 2,000 barrels per year, and usually produces 3 or fewer barrels for each batch. 

Craft Breweries: Small, independent breweries focused on quality over quantity and that produce beer using at least 50% traditional malt, rather than oats, barley, or wheat. 


The NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) code is assigned by the U.S. Census Bureau to track statistical information about various industries. NAICS codes are most often used to help users find industry information and comparable companies.

  • Breweries - 312120
  • Craft Beer Production - OD4302
  • Global Beer Manufacturing - C1121-GL
  • Wineries in the US - 31213

The SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) Code is an older industry classification system replaced by NAICS in 1997.

  • Malt Beverages - 2082

U.S. Brewing Industry

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Books and eBooks

Here are a few of the books and ebooks about beer and brewing we have available in the library.