WBEZ | Half Acre Beer Company http://www.wbez.org/tags/half-acre-beer-company Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en In recession, craft beer brews a strong economy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/brewing-strong-economy-94063 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-15/Iwona Erskine-Kellie.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The economy is still lagged but people's thirst for beer has not been slaked. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter" target="_blank"><em>Front and Center</em></a> points to the craft beer brewing industry, which has literally grown by the barrel.</p><p>Earlier this year, the <a href="http://www.brewersassociation.org/" target="_blank">Brewers Association</a> 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.</p><p>To find out what small-batch beer has been doing for the region's economy <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to Gabriel Magliaro. Magliaro is the founder and president of the Chicago-based <a href="http://halfacrebeer.com/verify.html?continue=/" target="_blank">Half Acre Beer Company</a>.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter" target="_blank"><em>Front and Center</em></a> is WBEZ’s project examining critical issues in the Great Lakes region. <em>Front and Center</em> is funded by the <a href="http://www.joycefdn.org/" target="_blank">Joyce Foundation</a>.</strong><br>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/brewing-strong-economy-94063