Number of breweries worldwide (reloaded)

Posted: December 24, 2013 in Breweries and Shops
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Max_Lagers_Wood-Fired_Grill_Brewery_185545More than 2 years after my first post on this subject and considering the pace at which the market is evoluting, it is time to grab this subject again.

Let’s first consider the countries with the most breweries:

country # of breweries (2013) # of breweries (2011) Source
USA 2538 1759 Brewer Association
Germany 1329 1332 German-Breweries.com
England 1072 628 Camra
Italy 611 303 microbirrifici
Japan 558 406 ratebeer.com
France 557 475 Project Amertume
China 550 500 Research and Markets
Canada 530 391 ratebeer.com
Russia 495 170 beerme
Switzerland 412 335 bov.ch

To no one’s surprise, the USA are still on top. They have even increased their advance and will soon have twice as many breweries as their closest follower, Germany. Talking about Germany, it is interesting to notice that it is about the only country stagnating. Maybe already a small success considering the high number of breweries closed there during the last decades.

Worth mentioning also are the huge step-ups for Italy and Russia, which both have more than doubled their number of breweries in less than 3 years.

And there is still plenty of incertitude about China, so the number of 550 is very surely the most approximative one here.

Solid beer nations like Belgium (12th), the Czech Republic (13th) and Denmark (18th) and emerging countries like Spain (16th) and Brazil (19th) can be found not far below in the ranking. The overall number of breweries worldwide has increased of 40% (in less than 3 years !) to reach almost 13’000 (see also the complete table at the end of this post).

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Number of breweries in the USA

Let’s now take a look at the countries with the highest density of breweries per capita.

country # of breweries population population per brewery comment
Norfolk Island 1 2’302 2’302 Australia’s external territory
Falkland Islands 1 2’563 2’563 self-governing British dependency
Cook Islands 2 14’974 7’487 free association with New Zealand; self-governing
Liechtenstein 4 36’842 9’211
Turks and Caicos Islands 2 31’458 15’729 British overseas territory
Cayman Islands 3 55’456 18’485 British overseas territory
Greenland 3 56’370 18’790 autonomous country within Kingdom of Denmark
Switzerland 412 8’085’300 19’625
Palau 1 20’901 20’901
Isle of Man 4 84’497 21’124 self-governing British dependency
Faroe Islands 2 48’509 24’255
Jersey 4 97’857 24’464 self-governing British dependency
Bermuda 2 64’237 32’119 British overseas territory
Denmark 173 5’608’784 32’421
Iceland 10 325’010 32’501

The presence of some of those countries – the ones I put in italic – should be taken with a pinch of salt as they are non self-governing territories. This ranking really depends on what you consider being a country or not, so I think for many people, the winner of this category could well be Liechtenstein.

To be a little bit more selective and present a more serious top ten of highest density (i.e.: one with my country on top ;-)), let’s now only take into account the countries with a minimum of 10 breweries:

country # of breweries population population per brewery
Switzerland 412 8’085’300 19’625
Denmark 173 5’608’784 32’421
Iceland 10 325’010 32’501
New Zealand 122 4’478’310 36’707
Belgium 259 11’167’578 43’118
Austria 192 8’464’554 44’086
Czech Republic 234 10’512’900 44’927
Wales 64 3’063’456 47’867
Slovenia 41 2’061’341 50’277
England 1072 55’346’544 51’629

Doesn’t this look beautiful ?

And finally, here is the entire table. Enjoy !

cheers !

country number of breweries population population per brewery
Abkhazia 2 242’862 121’431
Afghanistan 0 25’500’100 N/A
Albania 7 2’821’977 403’140
Algeria 5 37’900’000 7’580’000
American Samoa 0 55’519 N/A
Andorra 1 76’246 76’246
Angola 4 20’609’294 5’152’324
Anguilla 0 13’452 N/A
Antigua & Barbuda 1 86’295 86’295
Argentina 210 40’117’097 191’034
Armenia 4 3’024’100 756’025
Aruba 1 101’484 101’484
Australia 340 23’245’502 68’369
Austria 192 8’464’554 44’086
Azerbaijan 3 9’235’100 3’078’367
Bahamas 3 351’461 117’154
Bahrain 0 1’234’571 N/A
Bangladesh 1 152’518’015 152’518’015
Barbados 2 274’200 137’100
Belarus 9 9’465’500 1’051’722
Belgium 259 11’167’578 43’118
Belize 1 312’971 312’971
Benin 3 10’323’000 3’441’000
Bermuda 2 64’237 32’119
Bhutan 2 740’700 370’350
Bolivia 16 10’027’254 626’703
Bosnia 9 3’791’622 421’291
Botswana 2 2’024’904 1’012’452
Brazil 167 201’032’714 1’203’789
British Virgin Islands 0 29’537 N/A
Brunei 0 393’162 N/A
Bulgaria 12 7’282’041 606’837
Burkina Faso 1 17’322’796 17’322’796
Burundi 1 10’163’000 10’163’000
Cambodia 8 15’135’000 1’891’875
Cameroon 3 20’386’799 6’795’600
Canada 530 35’158’304 66’336
Cape Verde Islands 2 491’875 245’938
Cayman Islands 3 55’456 18’485
Central African Republic 1 4’616’000 4’616’000
Chad 1 12’825’000 12’825’000
Chile 109 16’634’603 152’611
China 550 1’361’020’000 2’474’582
Colombia 25 47’318’000 1’892’720
Comoros 0 724’300 N/A
Congo 1 4’448’000 4’448’000
Cook Islands 2 14’974 7’487
Costa Rica 5 4’667’096 933’419
Croatia 37 4’290’612 115’962
Cuba 6 11’163’934 1’860’656
Curaçao 1 150’563 150’563
Cyprus 8 862’000 107’750
Czech Republic 234 10’512’900 44’927
Dem Rep of Congo 3 67’514’000 22’504’667
Denmark 173 5’608’784 32’421
Djibouti 0 864’618 N/A
Dominica 1 71’293 71’293
Dominican Republic 3 9’445’281 3’148’427
East Timor 1 1’066’409 1’066’409
Ecuador 14 15’612’300 1’115’164
Egypt 3 83’661’000 27’887’000
El Salvador 3 6’340’000 2’113’333
England 1072 55’346’544 51’629
Equatorial Guinea 1 1’622’000 1’622’000
Eritrea 2 6’333’000 3’166’500
Estonia 15 1’286’540 85’769
Ethiopia 7 86’613’986 12’373’427
Falkland Islands 1 2’563 2’563
Faroe Islands 2 48’509 24’255
Fiji Islands 2 858’038 429’019
Finland 65 5’445’883 83’783
France 557 63’914’000 114’747
French Guiana 1 229’040 229’040
French Polynesia 1 268’270 268’270
Gabon 1 1’672’000 1’672’000
Gambia 1 1’849’000 1’849’000
Georgia 10 4’483’800 448’380
Germany 1329 80’523’700 60’590
Ghana 3 24’658’823 8’219’608
Gibraltar 0 29’752 N/A
Greece 23 10’815’197 470’226
Greenland 3 56’370 18’790
Grenada 1 103’328 103’328
Guadeloupe 2 403’555 201’778
Guam 2 159’358 79’679
Guatemala 4 15’438’384 3’859’596
Guernsey 1 62’431 62’431
Guinea 1 10’824’200 10’824’200
Guinea-Bissau 1 1’704’000 1’704’000
Guyana 1 784’894 784’894
Haiti 1 10’413’211 10’413’211
Honduras 2 8’555’072 4’277’536
Hong Kong 4 7’173’900 1’793’475
Hungary 67 9’906’000 147’851
Iceland 10 325’010 32’501
India 42 1’236’330’000 29’436’429
Indonesia 8 237’641’326 29’705’166
Iran 5 77’048’000 15’409’600
Iraq 1 34’035’000 34’035’000
Ireland 48 4’585’400 95’529
Isle of Man 4 84’497 21’124
Israel 39 8’092’700 207’505
Italy 611 59’829’079 97’920
Ivory Coast 1 23’202’000 23’202’000
Jamaica 3 2’711’476 903’825
Japan 558 127’300’000 228’136
Jersey 4 97’857 24’464
Jordan 3 6’509’500 2’169’833
Kazakhstan 9 17’099’000 1’899’889
Kenya 4 44’354’000 11’088’500
Kiribati Republic 0 106’461 N/A
Kosovo 4 1’733’872 433’468
Kuwait 0 3’582’054 N/A
Kyrgyz Republic 9 5’551’900 616’878
Laos 4 6’580’800 1’645’200
Latvia 24 2’014’000 83’917
Lebanon 3 4’822’000 1’607’333
Lesotho 1 2’074’000 2’074’000
Liberia 1 4’294’000 4’294’000
Libya 2 6’202’000 3’101’000
Liechtenstein 4 36’842 9’211
Lithuania 57 2’950’864 51’770
Luxembourg 8 537’000 67’125
Macau 1 582’000 582’000
Macedonia 4 2’062’294 515’574
Madagascar 2 20’696’070 10’348’035
Malawi 1 16’363’000 16’363’000
Malaysia 4 29’792’900 7’448’225
Maldives 0 317’280 N/A
Mali 1 15’302’000 15’302’000
Malta 3 416’055 138’685
Marshall Islands 0 56’086 N/A
Martinique 2 394’173 197’087
Mauritania 0 3’461’041 N/A
Mauritius 3 1’257’900 419’300
Mayotte Island 1 212’600 212’600
Mexico 100 118’395’054 1’183’951
Micronesia 1 101’351 101’351
Moldova 12 3’559’500 296’625
Monaco 1 36’136 36’136
Mongolia 8 2’754’685 344’336
Montenegro 2 620’029 310’015
Montserrat 0 4’922 N/A
Morocco 1 33’080’000 33’080’000
Mozambique 1 23’700’715 23’700’715
Myanmar (Burma) 3 53’259’000 17’753’000
Nagorno-Karabakh 0 143’600 N/A
Namibia 3 2’113’077 704’359
Nauru 0 9’945 N/A
Nepal 6 26’494’504 4’415’751
Netherlands 203 16’806’400 82’790
New Caledonia 2 258’958 129’479
New Zealand 122 4’478’310 36’707
Nicaragua 1 6’071’045 6’071’045
Niger 1 17’129’076 17’129’076
Nigeria 7 173’615’000 24’802’143
Niue 0 1’613 N/A
Norfolk Island 1 2’302 2’302
North Korea 6 24’895’000 4’149’167
Northern Ireland 15 1’810’863 120’724
Northern Marianas 0 53’883 N/A
Norway 89 5’077’798 57’054
Oman 0 3’897’000 N/A
Pakistan 1 184’772’000 184’772’000
Palau 1 20’901 20’901
Palestine 3 4’420’549 1’473’516
Panama 8 3’405’813 425’727
Papua New Guinea 1 7’059’653 7’059’653
Paraguay 8 6’783’374 847’922
Peru 14 30’475’144 2’176’796
Philippines 6 98’639’000 16’439’833
Poland 99 38’533’299 389’335
Portugal 30 10’562’178 352’073
Puerto Rico 5 3’667’084 733’417
Qatar 0 2’035’106 N/A
Réunion 6 821’136 136’856
Romania 19 20’121’641 1’059’034
Russia 495 143’500’000 289’899
Rwanda 4 10’537’222 2’634’306
Samoa 2 187’820 93’910
San Marino 1 32’509 32’509
São Tomé & Principe 1 187’356 187’356
Saudi Arabia 4 29’195’895 7’298’974
Scotland 61 5’295’000 86’803
Senegal Republic 1 13’567’338 13’567’338
Serbia 20 7’181’505 359’075
Seychelles 1 90’945 90’945
Sierra Leone 1 6’190’280 6’190’280
Singapore 10 5’399’200 539’920
Sint Maarten 0 37’429 N/A
Slovak Republic 47 5’412’008 115’149
Slovenia 41 2’061’341 50’277
Solomon Islands 1 561’000 561’000
Somalia 0 10’496’000 N/A
Somaliland 0 3’500’000 N/A
South Africa 104 52’981’991 509’442
South Korea 31 50’219’699 1’619’990
South Ossetia 1 70’000 70’000
South Sudan 1 11’296’000 11’296’000
Spain 193 46’704’314 241’991
Sri Lanka 4 20’277’597 5’069’399
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 0 4’000 N/A
St Kitts and Nevis 1 54’000 54’000
St Lucia 1 166’526 166’526
St Vincent & The Grenadines 1 109’000 109’000
Sudan 0 37’964’000 N/A
Suriname 1 534’189 534’189
Swaziland 1 1’250’000 1’250’000
Sweden 109 9’625’444 88’307
Switzerland 412 8’085’300 19’625
Syria 2 21’898’000 10’949’000
Taiwan 10 23’361’147 2’336’115
Tajikistan 1 8’000’000 8’000’000
Tanzania 6 44’928’923 7’488’154
Thailand 18 65’926’261 3’662’570
Tibet 2 3’002’166 1’501’083
Togo 1 6’191’155 6’191’155
Tokelau 0 1’411 N/A
Tonga 2 103’036 51’518
Trinidad & Tobago 2 1’328’019 664’010
Tunisia 4 10’777’500 2’694’375
Turkey 11 75’627’384 6’875’217
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 0 294’906 N/A
Turkmenistan 2 5’240’000 2’620’000
Turks and Caicos Islands 2 31’458 15’729
Tuvalu 0 10’000 N/A
Uganda 3 35’357’000 11’785’667
Ukraine 57 45’461’627 797’572
United Arab Emirates 2 8’264’070 4’132’035
United States Virgin Islands 3 106’405 35’468
Uruguay 11 3’286’314 298’756
USA 2538 317’048’000 124’920
Uzbekistan 14 30’183’400 2’155’957
Vanuatu 3 264’652 88’217
Vatican City 0 800 N/A
Venezuela 7 28’946’101 4’135’157
Vietnam 41 90’388’000 2’204’585
Wales 64 3’063’456 47’867
Western Sahara 0 567’000 N/A
Yemen 0 24’527’000 N/A
Zambia 2 13’092’666 6’546’333
Zimbabwe 1 12’973’808 12’973’808
Total 12’804 7’065’614’548
Comments
  1. […] Number of Breweries Worldwide (Reloaded) – 12/24/2013 […]

  2. Marcio Beck says:

    Hey, beautiful work… but where does the data for Brazil come from?

    It doesn’t match the figures given by the Ministry of Agriculture nor the Internal Revenue Service.

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