Lagunitas Is America's Hottest Craft Beer Brewer

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
April 15 2014 1:32 PM

The Beer Data Is In: America's Hottest Microbrewer Is Lagunitas

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Samples at a Lagunitas brewery tour.

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Over at the Atlantic, John Tierney performs the important service of analyzing Beverage Industry magazine's 2014 U.S. Beer Category Report. The biggest takeaway for beer fans: Northern California's Lagunitas Brewing Company is hot and on fire.

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That 84 percent sales increase from 2012 to 2013 is far and away the largest jump of any of the top-10-selling "craft" brands. Lagunitas is now the fifth-largest microbrewer in the country. (Sam Adams is still on top of the category by a wide margin.) And if the "Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale" your Slatest editor saw on draft last night at a Manhattan restaurant among more typical selections like Goose Island and Hoegaarden is any indication, 2014 is going to be a good year for Lagunitas too.

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