In recession, craft beer brews a strong economy

November 15, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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The Brewers Association reported an 11 percent annual increase in sales of craft beer.

The economy is still lagged but people's thirst for beer has not been slaked. Front and Center points to the craft beer brewing industry, which has literally grown by the barrel.

Earlier this year, the Brewers Association reported an 11 percent annual increase in craft beer sales, which translated to around 10 million barrels sold. Chicago’s craft beer scene is the nation's seventh largest market.

To find out what small-batch beer has been doing for the region's economy Eight Forty-Eight turned to Gabriel Magliaro. Magliaro is the founder and president of the Chicago-based Half Acre Beer Company.

Front and Center is WBEZ’s project examining critical issues in the Great Lakes region. Front and Center is funded by the Joyce Foundation.