Earlier this year I wrote about the history of beer in the US. In it I argued that the current boom in craft/micro brewing is merely a return to the original beer culture that existed for the greater part of America’s history.
The New Yorker just put out an interesting map showing the rise of craft breweries of which there are now more than 2,300 in the US. The most surprising finding is that the areas experiencing the biggest growth are in the South and Southwest – outside of the traditional craft brew centers in the New England and the Pacific Coast. Also interesting is that craft brews represent 30% of total beer sales at Costco (hardly a place reputed for craft anything).