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American craft brewers now produce about one out of every 10 beers sold in the United States, according to new data from the Brewers Association, an industry trade group.
Craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels last year, according to the group — an increase of 18% in terms of volume. Small and independent brewers now command 11% of the total beer market, the first time ever the small rivals were able to claim double-digit market share. (The Brewers Association defines craft brewers as those that produce less than six million barrels annually and can’t be owned or controlled by a big conglomerate).
“With the total beer market up only 0.5% in 2014, craft brewers are key to keeping the overall industry innovative and growing,” said Bart Watson, chief economist at the Brewers Association.
The craft beer industry — led by Sam Adams producer Boston Beer [fortune-stock symbol=”SAM”], Sierra Nevada…
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