I’m sure some of you have heard that the Brewer’s Association announced yesterday that craft beer “dollar sales were up 12 percent in the first half of 2010, compared to 9 percent growth during the same period in 2009.” I can’t say I’m surprised, though being involved with MNBeer & craft beer on a local level for 5+ years (and drinking it for much longer…) has allowed me to watch the enthusiasm grow exponentially both within our market and beyond.
Six years ago, I never would have thought that so many people that I know would have enjoyed malt- and hop-forward beers. “I tried this new beer, a dark beer… Ever heard of Amber Bock, Ryan?” seemed to be more of the sentiment. Now I’m not surprised when a friend can tell me that her mom loves Furious and another friend replaces his Budweiser with Lift Bridge’s Farm Girl. Pretty cool.
Go craft beer, go!