A Banner Year for Craft
Two hundred and fifty breweries opened in the United States in 2011, providing one of many bright spots in a year in which craft brewer volumes grew 13 percent.
By Paul Gatza
Brewpubs: Third Straight Year of Growth
Craft brewpubs turned out 768,536 barrels of beer in 2011, a 5.6-percent increase over the 727,571 barrels produced in 2010.
By Jack Curtin
Micros: Making Room for More
In 2011, the headlines were about new local breweries, ongoing growth, and the hundreds of breweries in planning.
The sheer number has become a conversation itself.
By Stan Hieronymus
Regionals: In a Word, Bigger
Almost every regional craft brewery seems to have either undergone a major expansion or has drawn up blueprints for a build-out. Also, 11 more breweries joined the category.
By Greg Kitsock
Imports and Large Breweries: The Beast Awakens
The big brewers in 2011 seem to have woken up and at least have recognized the challenges posed by craft beer, spirits, wine, and non-alcoholic energy drinks.
By Harry Schuhmacher