Craft Beer Industry Enjoys Resurgence

US production of craft beer those specialty brews typically made in small regional or local breweries grew by 9 percent last year, the biggest jump since 1996, when the microbrewery fad of the ’90s was still going full tilt. Mainstream beer sales, meanwhile, fell slightly.

Craft beer accounts for just 3.5 percent of U.S. beer sales, and imports make up 12.5 percent, said Eric Shepard, executive editor of Beer Marketer’s Insights. But those numbers are going up, while the market share of mainstream beers is declining.

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