Seems that all we hear these days is bad news. Well, here some good news for craft brew lovers in the U.S.
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According to: The Business Journal of Milwaukee - by Ed Sealover Denver Business Journal (edited)
National sales of craft beer rose 9 percent in the first half of 2009 despite the economic downturn.
The volume of craft beer produced nationally also rose by 5 percent from the first half of 2008, though year-over-year overall U.S. beer sales fell by 1.3 percent during that time period..
Marty Jones, a spokesman for Oskar Blues Brewery, a Lyons, Colo., beermaker whose production has risen 84 percent this year, said that while craft beer may cost more than most U.S. beer, it’s inexpensive enough to be a treat in these tough times.
“A really delicious, tastefully made beer is a really cheap luxury and a really low-cost way to escape the woes of the day,” Jones said. “The greatest wines in the world cost a thousand bucks a bottle. You can get some of the greatest beers in the world for under 10 bucks a six-pack.”
Craft breweries — which are locally owned, produce less than 2 million gallons of beer annually and do at least half their sales with all-malt beers — have taken a larger share of American sales in recent years, holding about 6.3 percent of the market in dollars. In comparison, imported beer sales fell by 9.5 percent in the first six months of the year, the association said.
The number of U.S. breweries also has risen to 1,525, its highest level in more than 100 years, the association said. State-issued prohibitions and breweries’ consolidation had dropped a formerly higher number to 1,498 in 1910, and while that number rose dramatically again after the repeal of national prohibition, U.S. breweries numbered less than 100 in the late 1970s (end).
Just a little good news we can soak up and enjoy!
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