Small Breweries Gaining On Big Producers
Posted by Bob Skilnik on March 6, 2007
It has been a remarkably good year for craft brewers.
Artisan producers – the nation’s 1,377 relatively small craft brewers – shipped 11.7 percent more beer by volume in 2006, according to the Brewers Association, an industry group representing these independent breweries. Their sales grew much more than those of imported beers or those made by the megabrewers, according to preliminary numbers provided the group by Information Resources.
“I think people are starting to get beer styles, and it’s kind of allowing them to see what’s going on with craft beer,” said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewer’s Association, based in Boulder, Colo. “It’s an age of exploration.”