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CNBC reports that "craft beer is the rolling like a runaway train. The Brewers Association, the trade group which represents small and independent brewers, is out with its final numbers for 2012 and the growth in the craft beer segment continues unabated. According to the Brewers Association, craft brewers saw a 15 percent rise in volume and a 17 percent increase in dollar growth in 2012. Helping to drive the growth? A proliferation of new players entering the market. 409 new breweries opened in 2012, bringing the total brewery count at the end of 2012 to 2,403."
KC's View:
Being in Kalamazoo this week, I had the chance to taste Oberon Wheat Ale, the just-released summer beer from Bell's Brewery. It is the epitome of a craft beer, and it made me very happy to be part of the celebration.