Good beer always makes you feel better. That’s true after a long day at work, or after a verbal skirmish with your significant other, or as it turns out, when the world in general seems to be going to hell. Even as there is unrest in the streets of England’s capitol and markets around the world are reeling as America’s credit rating is adjusted to more accurately reflect that of its citizens, there’s a ray of positive light for us beer nerds.
The Brewer’s Association is reporting that craft beer sales are up 15% the first half of 2011, outstripping the solid 9% growth the industry enjoyed in the first half of last year. The numbers reflect a healthy industry that’s responsible for 100,000 American jobs. There are now 1,790 breweries in the United States, up 165 from the same time last year, and there are 725 breweries in planning right now, up from 389 a year ago. Not all of these precious little turtles will make it to the sea, but it shows that more and more people are joining the movement.
I for one am happy to have a little good news to balance all the gloom and doom that’s dominating the headlines. It’s a reminder that prosperity is possible even in these tumultuous and uncertain times, an idea that I think each of us can appreciate. Once again beer makes things better!
At least until one of you Negative Nancy’s starts talking about the “craft beer bubble” in the comments section. I’m guessing it’s gonna be Don. He ruins everything. 😦