Craft beer: The 'it' beverage

Craft beer: The 'it' beverage

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Despite the impact the economic downturn has had on spending in many categories, craft and craft-style beers are going gangbusters. According to Mintel, sales of craft beer nearly doubled between 2007 and 2012, from from $5.7 billion to $12 billion.

The research firm expects that growth trajectory to continue through 2017, tripling to an $18 million chunk of the market.

 “The growth rates seen by craft beer are impressive, especially during a

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