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Craft Beer It's What’s Brewing in South County B Beer eer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in America —42 percent of the people who drink alcohol drink beer. In 1983, six major breweries produced 92 percent of the is the most popular beer consumed in America. In 1977, the New alcoholic Albion bever- age in America—42 percent Brewery in Sonoma, CA, though short-lived, ushered in a wave of of the people who drink alcohol drink beer. micro-breweries. In 1978, home brewing became federally In 1983, six major breweries produced legal; and in 1982, the Yakima Brewing Company became the first 92 percent of the beer consumed in America. In 1977, the New establishment since Prohibition to brew beer and sell food on its Albion Brewery in Sonoma, CA, in though short-lived, ushered in a wave of micro- own premises, ushering the rebirth of the brewpub. breweries. In 1978, home brewing became federally legal; In the thirtyish years since, craft brewing has slowly but and in 1982, the Yakima Brewing Company became the first establishment steadily elbowed its way onto the main stage. In 2016, there since Prohibition to brew beer and sell food on its own ushering the were 5,301 breweries in America, 99 percent were premises, craft rebirth of the brewpub. breweries, with 520 in California alone. Mainstream breweries the the thirtyish since, craft but brewing has slowly but steadily still In hold largest years market share, their sales are declining, elbowed its way onto the main stage. In 2016, there were 5,301 and the craft brewers’ share is rising. Craft beers are appearing in brewer- ies in America, 99 percent were craft breweries, with 520 in California restaurants, taprooms, microbreweries, and brewpubs across the alone. Mainstream breweries still hold largest market share, but country. In 2016, America ranked 21st the in the world for annual their sales are declining, and the craft brewers’ share is rising. beer consumption, at 74.8 liters per beer consumer annum. But Craft beers are has appearing restaurants, taprooms, and brew- America the most in breweries in one country microbreweries, and the most craft breweries of any country. Because craft brewers can produce beer quickly and in small batches, the beer if fresher than mainstream beer and with their smaller size, they can produce a larger variety in a shorter time span. Written By Craig Lore 28 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN april/may 2019 gmhtoday.com