Does less volume mean more better beer? I’d like to think so. People who are smarter than I will be pouring over the real number implications, but on the face of it brewers shipped a little less beer so far this year, with pumpkin-beer-buying August showing one of the biggest jumps of all. This is from the Beer Institute’s press release:

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 2016 – Today the Beer Institute published an unofficial estimate of domestic tax paid shipments by beer brewers:

The August 2016 domestic tax paid estimate increased 3.3% compared to August 2015. August 2016 removals were 16,172,000 barrels, and removals in August 2015 were 15,651,000 barrels (revised).

 

Month

2015 2016 Percent Change Volume Change
January 12,934,475 12,717,000 -1.7% -217,475
February 12,444,482 12,937,000 4.0% 492,518
March 15,311,089 15,406,000 0.6% 94,911
April 15,013,124 14,698,000 -2.1% -315,124
May 15,607,664 15,644,000 0.2% 36,336
June 16,866,000 16,607,000 -1.5% -259,000
July 16,068,000 15,286,000 -4.9% -782,000
August 15,651,000 16,172,000 3.3% 521,000
YTD 119,895,834 119,467,000 -0.4%

-428,834

Tony Russo
Author: Tony Russo

Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces OceanCity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

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