As usual I have calculated the number of active physical breweries listed in our directory in each county.
Only those with 30 or more breweries are listed.
Overall the growth in the 48 countries that was included in the list on 2016-12-31 was 12.9%. As a comparison growth in 2017 was 13.4%.
I slight tendency that growth (percentagewise) is slowing down can be seen across most areas.
The best growth figures comes from Thailand and southeastern Europe (Croatia, Serbia, Romania).
The figures are derived as total number of Active breweries minus client brewers, commissioners and contract brewers.
Contract brewers are omitted as they are near always misclassified client brewers. I tried to go through the list of contract brewers, after checking several hundred I only found less than a handful correctly listed (that I included), so I skipped the rest.
Yeah this classification is confusing for many people, I fixed Estonia last year I think, but most countries are messed up.
Estonia had actually 5 new physical breweries opening up, and at least two gypsies turning to physical breweries. 2 physical breweries were closed, rest of the changes come from the fixing the database (that’s why Estonia has +2 instead of +5).
Personally I Think the category “contract brewer” is redundant and seems to cause a lot of confusion. We should scrap that category and re-classify the few there are as Commercial Brewers, Microbrewers or Brewpubs.