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Updated Feb 7, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Craft beer industry continues to see growth

Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2011 was 13 percent by volume and 15 percent by dollars (AP File Photo).

The business of making craft beer continues grow in the United States.

"Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2011 was 13 percent by volume and 15 percent by dollars compared to growth in 2010 of 12 percent by volume and 15 percent by dollars," according to the Brewers Association.

"Back in 1996 there was a boom and it seems like we're going through one now," said Randy Schultz with Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe.

To keep up with demand, Four Peaks recently expanded to two new locations in Tempe.

Four Peak owners say craft beer drinkers want quality and freshness in their beverage of choice. The owners also noted that beer drinking is a culture, one in which consumers are savvy and educated about what they are drinking.

While overall beer sales have seen declines, the craft beer industry continues to show profits.

"Craft brewer retail dollar value in 2011 was an estimated $8.7 billion, up from $7.6 billion in 2010," according to the Brewers Association's website.

Currently, there are over 2,000 craft breweries in the nation.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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