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Source: BrewHound
Published: July 2019

The Rapid Growth of Hard Seltzer

Circulated: July 15, 2019

As of June 15, 2019, total beer dollar sales in off-premise retailers in the U.S. are up 1.6% ($18.7B). The growth is largely due to hard seltzers (categorized as a beer), which increased sales 211% to $411M.

“Serving as a step away from high-sugar sodas and mixers, White Claw is a shift into a lighter, all natural, better-for-you alcoholic beverage.” - VP of Marketing, Mark Anthony Brands (owner of White Claw & Mike’s Hard Lemonade)

Brand — Change in dollar sales:

  • White Claw (variety pack) +294.2%
  • Truly Hard Seltzer (variety pack) +89.2%
  • Elysian Space Dust IPA +27.0%
  • Kona Big Wave Golden Ale +23.7%
  • Modelo Especial +19.3%
  • Michelob Ultra +15.3%
  • Miller Lite +1.0%
  • Coors Light -2.0% (2nd best-selling beer in the U.S.)
  • Budweiser -4.8%
  • Bud Light -5.7% (best-selling beer in the U.S.)
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon -8.6%
  • Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy -13.8%

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