Beer in 2019 realized positive gains on some fronts, while facing challenges in other areas.
The number of brewing facilities increased by 12.9% from 995 in 2018 to an all-time high of 1123 in 2019. Most of Canada’s breweries are small, local operations with 94% producing less than 15,000 hectolitres of beer. Nationally, the number of brewing facilities per 100,000 drinking age adults increased by 11.0% from 3.4 to 3.7 for the year. Provincially, New Brunswick led the way with 9.5 breweries per 100,000 drinking age adults, followed by PEI with 8.0 and Nova Scotia with 7.5, while Manitoba at 1.5 breweries per 100,000 drinking age adults had the lowest rate.