Beer Sales Drop In Missouri, But Craft Beer More Popular

Red Door Grill's "Bury the Bottle" happy hours feature $3 drafts on any of the 8 craft beers on tap. | Photo Courtesy of Red Door Grill
Photo Courtesy of Red Door Grill

Overall beer sales in Missouri fell 1.3 percent to 134 million gallons through June 30, the end of Missouri’s fiscal year. That drop came as some consumers shifted to wine and spirits, according to new data from the state’s Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, and marked the fourth straight year of declining beer sales in Missouri.

Anheuser-Busch remained the top seller of beer in the state, accounting for 62 percent of sales, the same percentage as last year. MillerCoors, Pabst Brewing Co., Crown Imports (which controls sales of Corona in the U.S.), and Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Co. were the next four largest beer sellers. Pabst and Crown both saw volume declines, but Boulevard grew its beer sales in the state. Some growing craft brewers include St. Louis Brewery Inc., which sold 1.14 million gallons of Schlafly beer in Missouri this year versus 1 million gallons a year ago. Other craft brewers that registered gains in 2013 versus 2012 include Urban Chestnut; O’Fallon Brewery; and the William K. Busch Brewing Co., maker of Kräftig lager.

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