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Beer breweries hit American record
Beer breweries hit American record

It’s getting crowded in the American beer market, with the most breweries in operation in the country’s history. This year, 2,751 breweries were active and permitted in the U.S., according to industry group the Beer Institute. Of those, 98% opened in the last three decades, 85% in the last two. The industry isn’t quite going the way of Starbucks, which plans to add 3,000 stores in the Americas in the next four years. But 442 new breweries opened in 2012 alone -- California leading the pack with 31 new launches. The new entries aren’t brewing bold-faced brands such as Bud or Coors. Most are craft beer producers, creating small-scale artisan batches of booze...

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