Colorado’s New Belgium, other craft brewers still growing
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – There’s no tear in the beer at craft breweries, despite the recession.
The Brewers Association said this week craft brewers sold 4.2 million barrels in the first six months of the year, up 5 percent from the same period last year.
The growth rate was 6.5 percent a year ago.
Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewery, maker of Fat Tire, says its sales are growing at an annual rate of about 12 percent.
New Belgium spokesman Bryan Simpson says people are reluctant to give up craft beers despite the recession.
The Brewers Association, based in Boulder, is a trade group representing the bulk of craft brewers.
Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com
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