Craft Breweries Now 1,000 Strong in Golden State, Celebrate Small Business Success at California Craft Beer Summit

California Craft Brewers Association releases data on growth of craft brewing industry & celebrates 30 years of craft brewing innovation and success in Long Beach, Calif. September 12-14, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (August 29, 2019) –  The California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA ) celebrates an important milestone for the small, manufacturing business in California announcing new growth numbers for the industry. As of August 2019, 1,000 independent breweries operate across the Golden State. California is home to more operating breweries than any other state in the nation and 95 percent of California residents live within 10 miles of a neighborhood brewery.

“Small businesses are the life blood of communities across California,” said executive director of the CCBA, Tom McCormick. “Craft breweries are locally owned businesses which benefit their community with jobs, charitable giving, economic growth and provide a gathering place for their neighborhood. Our role at the CCBA is to protect and grow the craft brewing and small business community which has become so important to California’s cities and local communities.”

The CCBA celebrates 30 years of craft beer and 1,000 breweries operating in California at the annual California Craft Beer Summit, held for the first time in Southern California at the Long Beach Convention Center & Marina Green Park. The three-day event includes two days of industry gathering, networking, education and development. The event culminates in the largest beer festival on the West Coast, featuring more than 170 California craft breweries outside on the Marina Green Park. Beer lovers and California residents have a unique opportunity to taste their way through the craft beer brewed in regions across California at the one-of-a-kind festival on Saturday, September 14.

“The positive impact of craft breweries on the state of California goes far beyond tax revenue, manufacturing jobs and tourism,” said McCormick. “Craft breweries also have a tangible influence on the growth and development of their region, investing in their community, employing their neighbors and supporting local nonprofits. That is what we are celebrating and highlighting at the California Craft Beer Summit. All beer lovers, brewing and hospitality industry members and allied organizations have something to benefit from at the Summit this year.”

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About the California Craft Brewers Association
The California Craft Brewers Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association representing the craft and specialty brewing industry in California. Formed in 1989, the CCBA is the oldest state trade association representing craft breweries. The California Craft Beer Summit also marks the 30th anniversary of CCBA, the nonprofit association that protects and supports the vibrant craft beer industry in California. All proceeds from the event go back to support the CCBA.  For more information on the growth and economic impact of the craft brewing industry, please visit