Same procedure as every year - I have compiled the number of physical breweries (no cideries/meaderies/sake producers, nor client brewers or comssioners) in each country.
Note that also contract brewers are omitted as nearly all of those are mislabelled client brewers - can’t understand why we still list contract brewers…)
I have only listed countries with 30+ breweries.
Overall there is an increase of 1216 breweries (4.8%) in these countries. The trend is falling: 2017: 14.0%, 2018: 12.9%, 2019: 8.6%, 2020 7.1%
Notable is that France is climbing back ahead of Canada again, and that Brazil is rushing uo the chart well into top-10.
Whether these number actually reflects the number of active brewers is of course a different story…
I suspect the number of new breweries in Canada is higher, but I suppose it goes both ways - it may have been offset by closures? This past week I checked off three new to me breweries in Ontario, but when I updated my list FIVE new ones had opened! Lots of smaller breweries that don’t get added or closed right away because people don’t necessarily notice. I assume the same is true for a lot of other countries with smaller numbers of active raters.
South America is fascinating notably Brazil as you say. I wonder why that is…genuine new breweries starting? More new users from the area? Better distribution? More North Americans doing road trips? A mixture?
Should we be concerned for Germany, has Covid hit their brewery industry harder than most?
Would be interesting to know how many of those new Brazilian breweries/beers have been added by us in Europe. Over the last year (and year before) we are getting so many new Brazilian beers coming in now (via Beerdome/other EU bottleshops etc) I know that I have added a few new breweries/beers myself there.
Checking my stats have rated around 25 Brazilian beers across 23 new Brazilian breweries this year alone (did lots in 2020 as well)
Actually just checking EU bottle shops now - showing 284 Brazilian beers across 6 regions.