US craft beer production up 18%

US craft beer production up 18%

American craft beer production volume increased 18 percent during the first half of the year.  Small and independent craft brewers enjoyed continued growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of US breweries.

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“The sustained double-digit growth of the craft category shows the solidity of demand for fuller flavoured beer in a variety of styles from small and independent American producers,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association.  “Craft brewers are providing world-class, innovative products that continue to excite beer lovers and energize the industry.”

As of June 30, 2014, 3,040 breweries were operating in the US, 99 percent of which were small and independent craft breweries.  Additionally, there were 1,929 breweries in planning.  Craft brewers currently employ an estimated 110,273 full-time and part-time workers in America.

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